This excerpt republished with permission….
Maine has the country’s oldest population by median age and its highest concentration of baby boomers. With an aging populace come challenges — but also opportunities. Could Maine’s “demographic cliff” turn the state into a laboratory for livability?
Choose your favorite metaphor: The Maine Heritage Policy Center once deployed the term “demographic winter.” The governor’s most recent budget briefing stuck with the ever-popular “demographic cliff.” In an article last spring, The New York Times settled on “demographic tsunami” — as in, “Economists regard Maine’s rapidly aging population as a demographic tsunami that has severe implications for the state’s labor pool, healthcare system and overall socioeconomic well-being.”
Whichever your pick, they all sound pretty grim. And no doubt, the state has its share of problems to address thanks to its low birth rate, modest rates of in-migration, and tendency to lose younger wage earners to higher-paying states, all of which combine to make Maine’s population the nation’s oldest. Among those problems: a critical need for more home- and healthcare workers, a lack of affordable housing and public transit options, and an overabundance of films in local cinemas starring dames Maggie Smith or Judi Dench (just kidding, they’re both divine)…
Read more of this interview by Brian Kevin at Retire to Maine by Downeast Magazine
Fall Prevention: All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men
Clearing a home of fall risks is a key part of senior quality of life. Living safely at home for as long as possible is truly everyone’s goal, isn’t it? Learn more about fall prevention in your home before you fall.
Clearing risks and hazards really could mean the difference between safe, healthy living in your home or having to give that up.
Falls Prevention Facts
According to Bangor Daily News, “Statistics show that, in Maine, 90 percent of hip fracture hospitalizations are due to an unintentional fall and that 25 percent of people that have falls that result in a hip fracture die within a year of their injuries.”
Falls common cause of serious injury, death among elderly
Slips, Trips, and Falls: Don’t Let ’em Get You Down
By using this handy National Council on Aging (NCOA) checklist, you can find common in-home risk factors. Work out ways to reduce or eliminate these in your home. Fall prevention is not a one-time activity. It’s much better to make a monthly practice of checking your home for safety concerns. That will keep you safer and build routine awareness, so you’re more likely to notice when something is out of the ordinary.
Getting informed and remaining aware will go a long way to avoid a very sudden turn of events. Don’t delay. That favorite throw rug (I know you love it) may just represent your next trip to the emergency room. Don’t let dimly lit basement stairs or a loose railing on the front porch cost you. Instead, take active steps to create a safer and healthier home setting.
Download and print this Philips Lifeline easy-to-use one-page checklist to survey your home for fall prevention. It’s not worth waiting.