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6 Ways to Get Help if Your Kids Aren't Nearby

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You know the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well sometimes, it seems the same is true at the other end of the aging spectrum.

Many of us need help as our age creeps up and health challenges arise. And our children aren’t always the answer. Perhaps your kids live far away, perhaps they are in a situation where they are unable to help or perhaps you don’t have any children. Regardless of the reason, there may be several ways to find help if kids aren’t always an option.

Keep in touch with friends new and old. You want your friends to be there for you in a pinch. Make sure you’re there for them when they need you too. Reach out to pals who are nearby; invite them out for a walk or a cup of coffee to see what they’ve been up to. Go to lectures, readings and classes in your town so you can meet new people while keeping your brain and body active. Start a social media group with others like you where you can ask questions and share advice in times of need.

Connect with non-profits that help older adults. There are organizations across the country that can help seniors fix their homes, deliver meals, provide transportation to medical appointments, offer caregiving services, education and more. Consider checking out your local senior center to learn more about these types of programs

Create a living will and designate a healthcare proxy. Consider completing a living will to outline your wishes for later life medical care. The document should include a healthcare proxy, which grants authority to a person whom you select to make healthcare decisions for you in the event that you’re unable to do so. You should choose a person whom you trust and who is willing to take on this responsibility. Also, be sure to communicate these wishes with your proxy, so that he or she can follow them if called upon.

Consider living among others. Feeling lonely? Cohousing is an option that’s growing in popularity and involves living in a tight-knit community. There are cohousing communities aimed at older adults, as well as all-ages options. Residents share meals, host happy hours, garden and, together, create a shared home. Some benefits include safety, security, camaraderie — and fun.

Put medical and health tracking apps to use. There’s an app for just about everything these days, and they can really come in handy for aging adults who need a little bit of extra help. You can download an app that will remind you to take your medication; a fall-detector app can send an alert to one of your contacts if you take a spill; blood pressure apps can monitor your blood pressure; and medical alert apps can connect you to help in an emergency — and even share your data with health professionals.

Stay connected through technology. If you have children or other concerned family members and friends who live far away, technology has a way of diminishing the distance. Keep in touch on a regular basis so they can stay involved. Use video chat to peek into one another’s lives and keep tabs on health. Text, email or call after doctor’s appointments, or just to say good morning and good night. Ask for help — and offer help — whenever it’s needed.

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