By Denise Pott, LCSW – Assistance Home Care
There’s no question that aging brings about many changes. While not all of these changes are something that we look forward to, there are some that are positive; things such as welcoming grand-children, retirement from work, the opportunity to travel or engage in hobbies, or spending more time with friends and family. The key is to know your options and to plan ahead.
Most people fail to educate themselves about aging; to learn about what to expect, available resources, and/or treatment options. The good news is that there are many educational resources and learning opportunities available. For example:
AARP provides information on insurance choices, housing options and home modification, and employment for seniors interested in earning extra income. Some options are for members only, but the cost is very reasonable. For more information, check out the AARP website at www.aarp.org.
The St. Louis Community College offers both fitness classes and a variety of continuing education learning opportunities. Classes include a “Caregiving at Home” series, CPR and First Aid, Estate and Retirement Planning, and a variety of Personal Enrichment Classes. Be sure to check out their free Ageless Learning Seminars. Call to request a course catalog at 314-984-7777, or look online at www.stlc.edu.
St. Louis OASIS offers a variety of educational programs tailored to older adults, including:
• Healthy Habits for Adults
• Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
• Better Choices, Better Health-Diabetes
• Peers for Productive Aging
• A Matter of Balance
• Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
To learn more, visit their web site at
Last but not least, Assistance Home Care offers a unique opportunity: a durable medical equipment demonstration and training area is available for at the St. Charles office. You can not only see and learn about different types of equipment, you can also receive training on how to use it.
Remember, earning about the changes that may come with aging is one of the best ways to prepare and cope. Learn all you can in advance by using the resources listed above, and keep your eyes open for other learning opportunities.
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St. Louis • 314-631-1989
St. Charles • 636-724-4357
West County • 636-200-2909