Aging Trends

Aging Institute Reveals 2010 Trends

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging (MLIA) focuses on applied research and education for health professionals and providers who serve older adults.

Hollinger-Smith said that in 2010, not only will there be more Americans over the age of 65, but the number of those 85 and older will increase as well. “A decade ago, reaching the age of 85 was considered very old. Now it’s more the norm. Next year, 14.4 percent of the age 65+ population — 5.7 million individuals — will be over age 85,” explained Hollinger-Smith.

Among the top 2010 trends identified by MLIA are:

  1. Scientific breakthroughs will demonstrate that healthy lifestyles can actually repair DNA by boosting a key enzyme, telomerase, that is vital for improving the body’s immune responses and may even increase longevity.
  2. The movement to age at home or more homelike environments for older adults living in long-term care communities will grow. Programs will provide care, support individuality, and promote safety in residential environments.
  3. Improvements in health care will lead to ever slowing rates of aging, increasing the number of adults who will reach the age of 100.
  4. There will be an increased focus on positivity and its impact on happiness, health and longevity for older adults.
  5. More emphasis will be placed on individual patient care through hi-tech advances in development of uniform electronic medical records. Doctors & health care professionals will be in a better position to understand treatment options resulting in significant improved care.*
  6. The use of technology among older adults will grow exponentially – whether this means surfing the Internet, joining social networks such as Facebook, or using technologic devices in the home to monitor their health as well as promote independence and safety.
  7. Progress on extending human life will be a growing focus of researchers, as we learn more about how substances in our foods – such as resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes and in several other plants – may protect us from some life-shortening diseases such as diabetes.
  8. Older adults will play an increasingly important role in “helping the Earth age well,” by working in green jobs, volunteering, gardening, and teaching others about how to help the environment.
  9. Significant advanced in treatments for diseases including cancer will occur through genetic research efforts that are preventing DNA mutations.
  10. Greater numbers of older adults will use the Internet to learn about their health. Health professionals will need to incorporate web-based health resources into their patients’ visits to assure that accurate websites are being sought out.
  11. Senior living residences will also make “healthy living” a priority as future prospects will be looking towards a variety of programs and amenities that support wellness lifestyles at home and at residences.

“The ability to live a longer, healthier life will depend on the right combination of lifestyle choices, technology advances and medical breakthroughs,” concluded Hollinger-Smith. “It’s something we call Aging Well, and the chances of that happening will continue to expand in 2010 and beyond.

Reprinted by permission of: Stuart Greenblatt, Mather LifeWays, (847) 492.7434

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists

Contact Us

Dr. Fix It Accessibility Contractor
49 Salem Street
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone: (781) 598-5437

What to expect when you contact us?

We can provide all phases of service from home evaluations, to architectural plans, to construction (www.drfix-it.net ). Our goal is to help in any way giving you the freedom and mobility your space deserves. We are extremely client focused focusing on Universal Design principles and also your particular needs. When you call us:
1. One of our team members will set up an initial site visit to the property to discuss your particular situation and consider preliminary ideas for accessibility needs
2. After a budget has been discussed we can evaluate which equipment will be most suitable and the design that will be the most fitting for your situation
3. Drawings
4. Approved plans
5. Begin work
***Please keep in mind we can provide start to finish services or only specific phases of service

Testimonials

“I hired Bob to make make modifications to my elderly father's condo that would make it safer for him to remain there. Bob did an extremely comprehensive evaluation of the space and of my father's needs, and expedited the process in time for his return from a rehabilitation facility. Thank you Bob!”
~ Dyan deNapoli, The Penguin Lady



“Bob puts his heart and mind into each project he takes on. He has taken the time to understand me as a client and work with me closely to develop what I needed. In the different jobs he's done over the years for me, I've been in different life phases. Bob worked flexibly with me. Each of the projects have come out very well - very good quality and very good value. He can work to accommodate the budget. And our projects together, he's managed to them at or under budget and very close to the timetable. He's taken some of the mystery and guesswork out building and made the projects a pleasure - especially for the long-term.”
~ Michael Hoffman

Archives