This is all good news, but can we take action to ensure the trend continues? The answer is an absolute yes. In addition to improving physical healthcare and promoting healthy diets and more physical activity, one of the most important things we can offer to aging Americans is companionship.
Consider your options. Programs like the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) give patients considerable freedom when choosing and hiring home health aides, nurses, or other caring professionals. Taking advantage of the program provides seniors with a skilled nurse and companion. They can, amongst many other benefits, support their daily activities around the house, manage a healthy diet, and maintain a medical regimen.
Under CDPAP, seniors are not alone during the day but have greater freedom to live independently, in their own homes, with assistance.
Fill out a CDPAP application online, or encourage your friend or loved one to bring up the CDPAP application with their primary care provider.
The CDPAP application and the help of a skilled nurse are just a few items in your toolbox. Seniors should also regularly interact with friends and family and mark special occasions, like birthdays and holidays, by spending quality time with loved ones.
We are all moving along our timelines, which is something to be celebrated. Studies show that seniors are the happiest of us all. A positive outlook and high quality of life go a long way towards improving both their physical and mental health. You can do your part to support them by offering your companionship and, when extra help is needed, finding professional assistance through the CDPAP program.