Series on Aging - Independence | Big Horn Basin Media

Independent Living Can Be Difficult in Later Years

Written by on August 10, 2017

As part of a continuing series on aging in Park County, we turn our attention today to those seniors who want to continue to live at home, despite health concerns that may make living independently a struggle.
Susan Jensen with the Cody Senior Center says often she will have conversations with family or friends who are concerned about the ability for an elderly loved one to take care of themselves. She says there are several state programs such as Wyoming Home Health Services that help seniors with tasks such as medication management, laundry and other home tasks; and she says the Senior Center is also a resource when it comes to rolling meals – but she says that social interactions that keep seniors active is a key component to living independently.
However, Jensen also says that some seniors don’t recognize when it’s not healthy for them to stay independent.
Jensen encourages people to come to the Cody Senior Center for referrals to resources that can help them to live independently despite issues that come with aging.

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