“The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.” – Doris Lessing
Isn’t that a great quote? I know I don’t know how to get older gracefully. Some days I feel as awkward as a teenager. And as for the elderly? I can’t imagine (yet) how they feel when they get up and see the person they have become in the mirror.
The body does create limitations. Energy levels decrease and the list of medications often grows longer. So how do all these changes affect the quality of life for seniors and, later, the quality of life for elderly folks? (I’m not quite certain when a senior can be called elderly, are you?)
And you know what? I think some of the issues pop up before we even consider ourselves seniors.
Let me tell you about Carol*. She is married but her husband travels a lot. Their uncommon lifestyle was routine to her and she was very independent, maintaining a busy schedule with work, home maintenance, friends, and hobbies.
She was barely 50 years old when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. It was right around the same time that the couple relocated to another state – buying a 150-year-old farmhouse miles away from anyone else. At the time she didn’t think that was a problem.
But then as her husband went back to his traveling and she was alone for days on end trying to get a handle on the illness and medications, she began to worry. If something happened to her while she was cleaning or gardening, no one would know. It could be days before her husband or son would be alarmed that they couldn’t reach her. And that worry gnawed at her.
She really could have used Love My New Freedom, or, as many of our clients say, “I Love My New Freedom.” Aging is not easy and the situations that it creates are not easy to deal with, either. But in the case of someone who lives alone – senior or not, Love My New Freedom is an easy and inexpensive way to maintain independence and also to create a real feeling of peace of mind. Love My New Freedom clients simply check in quickly every day to let our staff know everything is okay – 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That call can be made from anywhere. And with cell phones, that really is the truth!
How does Love My New Freedom work?
If we don’t receive a check-in call, we are on it right away with a protocol developed with the client’s input. That’s where the peace of mind comes from – knowing that someone will miss you when you don’t check in.
We even had a senior client purposefully miss a call, just to see what would happen. Her daughter wasn’t happy about it at all, because there were several people who got alarmed. She promised not to “test the system” again. But she didn’t feel the need to after that because she knew it works.
Love My New Freedom has been a cherished gift idea for seniors – and even some who aren’t willing to take on the title of senior. (I personally prefer to be called a Boomer…)
Finding resources to help us as we age and care for aging parents and other loved ones is going to become more and more important as the senior population explodes. And we are committed to being here to help. Contact us with your questions.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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