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5 Ways to Be There for Older Americans

In 2024, there are more older Americans than ever, making up nearly 18% of the country’s population. But with this spike comes the question, how can we support them?

According to Molly Haroz, the Director of Nutrition Programs at LifeCare Alliance, there are many simple steps we can take. In her line of work, she organizes programs such as Meals-on-Wheels and Senior Dining Centers that help aging adults maintain their dignity and independence. After working in this field for over 15 years, Haroz has insightful suggestions on how to support your aging family and community members.

  1. Check in with the older adults in your life. While this may seem like a small task, it can prove to be critical. A 2023 study found that social isolation is associated with a 1.28 percent higher risk of dementia. So take a moment out of your day to call your grandma, check in with your neighbor, or volunteer with older adults.
  2. Have critical conversations about planning. Haroz says that one of the most impactful things individuals can do this Older Americans Month is creating a solid plan with their loved ones. She suggests discussing options for different life scenarios so that if a crisis does come up, you are ready.
  3. Look into community resources. To avoid the high cost of nursing homes, Haroz recommends looking into community resources ahead of time. “I think a lot of times people don’t even know what’s available to them,” says Haroz.But these resources are so helpful. When someone is needing help, congregate meals would be your step one, and then if that is not accessible, step two would be home delivered meals.”
  4. Rearrange or modify the living space. If a person wants to stay in their own living space, it should be suited for their needs. Haroz points out that, through LifeCare Alliance, clients can have an occupational therapist assess their home’s layout and rearrange it to reduce the risk of falls.
  5. Spread awareness. With the increasing older American population, Haroz emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about aging and the resources for it. “This month we should not only celebrate older adults, but also begin to develop a plan for them.”

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