Minnesota’s senior population is growing, with 164 Minnesotans turning 65 every day. By 2025, there will be more seniors than school kids in our state. As you get older, it is important to have a plan for aging well. Our Aging Readiness Checklist suggests ten things to help your aging experience go smoothly for you and your family.
Here are 10 things you can do to age with dignity and as much independence as possible:
- Talk to your family about what’s important to you as you age
- Create an “Aging Journal” that serves as the one resource for all your vital information.
- Make a list of all your medications, and update it as your prescriptions change.
- Give a trusted family member an up-to-date list of all your passwords.
- Do a “home audit” to ensure your living space is safe and comfortable.
- Write down all the people on “Team You” who can assist you as you need it.
- Make a list of the things you need help with, and ask for help if you need it.
- Prepare for the future costs of your own care by reviewing your finances.
- Keep your doctor informed about any changes in your health.
- Find out where your local senior center is—and pay a visit.
Based on a resource from The SCAN Foundation—advancing a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. For more information, visit www.TheSCANFoundation.org.