As we get older, remaining independent for as long as possible will be a top priority for many of us. According to research highlighted by the Good Care Group, 97 per cent of older people want to remain in their own homes for the rest of their life, rather than moving into residential care.
It’s inevitable that as people get older, they’ll need more assistance. But putting in place the right support to keep them active and able to do as much as possible can ensure older people stay in charge of their own retirement and keep them healthy and active for longer.
The benefits of staying independent
Staying independent offers a wide range of benefits for older people, as it can improve both their physical and mental health.
For instance, living independently helps keep elderly individuals’ minds active, which reduces some of the memory loss and other cognitive decline issues often associated with old age.
The link between good physical health and strong mental health is well-known, and this works both ways. People who keep their minds active are also more likely to remain physically active as well. This might be heading out to the shops, tending to a garden or taking part in exercise programmes either in the home or the community.
Maintaining independence also helps give older people a greater sense of purpose and identity. Being able to set their own routine, keep in contact with friends and relatives and continue doing activities they enjoy helps prevent feelings of depression or isolation, which Age UK notes are very common among older people.