Navigating the potholes associated with aging can present challenges, but with the right information, the journey can be relatively smooth.
Participants at a presentation hosted by the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Porcupine Plain Provider Team earlier this fall included the aging as well as those with aging parents.
“The presentations provided opportunities to create awareness of the resources available to the aging population within the community,” explained Rita Robertson, SHA Senior Health Educator, Primary Health Care Facilitator and Counsellor.
Feedback obtained from the Porcupine Plain community wellness assessment survey was used to develop the presentation and identified the need for more information on dealing with the aging. Several community partners discussed local resources to prepare and assist individuals with the aging process, as well as those providing care. Information on when and how to access long term care, wills, power of attorney and banking was also shared.
Having access to the right information and resources can help ensure a relatively smooth transition as individuals and caregivers manage some of the challenges associated with aging.