A NEW PARADIGM OF AGING
This is a time for a new way to look at aging. We are part of a new generation of people who have had successful careers, independence, world experience. And we want this next phase of our lives to be just as fulfilling. We want to bring our knowledge, skills and experience to make a difference in our communities and one way we can do this is by changing the experience of aging for seniors.
Over the next 25 years, the population of seniors in North America is expected to “double”.
The demands on healthcare resources to service an aging population are significant and many fear it will push the healthcare system to the breaking point.
What’s the answer?
In trying to get ahead of this problem, governments at all levels are promoting the strategy of “aging in place”. Keeping seniors in their homes for as long as possible, before they’ll need to enter the medical system on an continuous basis has become the priority.
In theory, this makes sense.
Most seniors want to live in their homes for as long as possible, but the “aging in place” strategy only works if seniors have the necessary supports in place to allow them to flourish independently. Sadly, for many seniors, they are without family and friends close by and they struggle to maintain their independence. They also struggle with loneliness and isolation, which can, itself, lead to serious physical and cognitive illness and it becomes a downward spiral.
So how do we interrupt this negative cycle?
We engage with seniors, wherever they live, and help them strengthen their cognitive health.
Strong brain health plus social engagement is the best way to combat loneliness and isolation and to empower seniors to live independently. It’s also been shown to be effective in delaying or preventing the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from developing. Encouraging seniors to be lifelong learners gives them purpose and an activity that keeps them connected to the world around them.
As a community of educated professionals, we are committed to supporting the cognitive and emotional health of seniors and we want to do everything we can to help them feel less lonely and isolated.
Welcome to the Clever Companion Program!
In this blog, we are going to celebrate how Clever Companions from all over North America are making a meaningful difference for seniors in their communities. We’ll also look at the latest research into cognitive health, lifelong learning, social engagement and the future of aging.
If you feel inspired to make a difference for seniors where you live, then we want to welcome you to our community! We want to know what you think, so please share your thoughts, comments and suggestions!
Here’s to making a difference!
Bob Hanley & Kathy Bell