Elder Orphans: Step One in the Aging-Alone Plan, learn the stages
By Carol Marak
Updated: 01/14/2016 9:59 am EST
This article is the second in a series of “Elder Orphans–my aging-alone plan.” If you missed the first one, “A Baby Boomer’s Aging Alone Plan,” then here’s your chance.
I became interested in creating and then sharing my plan with the Huffington Post readers after reading umpteen studies on the topic of senior isolation. The detrimental effects devastate our mental and physical health. Living alone suits me but isolation does not. That’s why at age 64; I better concentrate hard about the latter years. But doing so is a challenge. Even the renown geriatrician, Dr. Bill Thomas, admits in a report on the misconceptions of aging,
Human beings have a very limited ability to predict accurately or even imagine the needs of their future self. It is especially true when that future contains scary possibilities.
However, if I don’t want to be stuck in suburbia apart from social connections, an extraordinary imagination is needed. That and suggestions and tips from readers like you.