Senior Tips For Living Alone

When you live alone as a senior citizen, you want to feel independent, safe, secure and confident.  Many seniors choose to live alone rather than live with family or make the transition into an assisted living facility.  These tips that are listed below will help you to stay independent and still enjoy your current lifestyle.

1).  Live Healthy.

Stick to a good, healthy diet and review the Canada Food guidelines for suggested servings.  Make sure you get regular, age appropriate exercise and rest.  If you are on prescribed medications, make sure you are sticking to the times of your medications and follow up with a doctor regularly.  

2). Get Organized. 

A very important tip for seniors living alone is to develop a system in which that allows you to be organized.   Your organization system does not have to work for anyone else but yourself.  Being well organized in your home means that you have a fixed location for your keys, wallet, glasses, important numbers and appointments.  Organization does not necessarily mean knowing where your things are but also being organized when it comes to appointments.  Knowing when your appointments are and when you are going to be doing your errands will be extremely beneficial to write down on a calendar to keep you organized.

3). Get Back Up

Having back up does not only mean that you have a back up plan in place in case something happens to you but it also means having a back up of non perishable foods and water in case you get sick.  If you are sick or weather is not desirable to go out, you will want to have a stockpile of food and water so you do not have to worry about going out on those days.  
It would also be a good idea to make sure you have an abundance of batteries, flashlights, candles and blankets in case your power goes out and to know where these items are.  

4). Stay Safe.

Being safe while you are living alone is hugely important.  If you are living in a new place or finding that you have new neighbours, make yourself known in the neighbourhood.  This does not mean that you have to be best friends with everyone on your block, but yourself and your family will rest easier knowing that there are "extra eyes" in case something were to happen.  

If you do not have an alarm system or finding that you do not have reliable locks, this might be the time that you install a secure system or get new locks.  Whichever way you decide, make it a part of your nightly routine that you check your doors and windows if they open.  

Being safe in your home is also making sure that if you have stairs, you have a sturdy handrail to hold onto and it might be a good idea to get another one installed.  It would also be a great idea to look at your bathroom to see if you can get a railing installed in your tub to help you out and another rail by your toilet.  Having these items in your home does not mean you are being looked at as a clumsy, frail person but instead look at it as if something doesn't happen where you don't need them, great! But if you did need them and don't have them, it will be harder to maintain your independence.

5). Get Connected.

Get connected to your community and know where your senior programs are.  How much time you spend in these programs is up to you.  You can spend every single day at some of these programs and do everything they advertise or you might just do the things that interest you.  Check around your city and area for the senior program centres or check out your local library.  Libraries today are more than just going and checking out books.  They have programs available to seniors or just going there to get out is good too.  Most communities now offer a variety of senior programs so do not be afraid to ask around.



These tips were taken from the Senior Living Mag written by Nora Beane.