Living Longer with a Little Help

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Wednesday, April 25 2007 Apr 25, 2007 Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:33:22 PM CDT April 25, 2007 in News

A Columbia care center is helping its residents live independently longer.

"I'm lucky to be here at this age," 92 year-old Christine Drexler said. At 92, Drexler is still doing her own laundry.

She has an apartment at Tiger Place.

The center is focused on "aging in place." That means as people age, they don't have to worry about moving to a nursing home.

"By intervening before the problems become significant and helping them find the right care at the right time at the right place and keeping them in the home of their choice," Registered nurse Gene Taylor said.

Residents have their own apartments, but they still have access to services like home health care.

Life expectancy in developed areas has increased by 30 years in less than one century. Experts call this a huge jump.

The Stanford Center on Longevity reports a 50 percent increase in life expectancy since 1950 in developed countries.

Back at Tiger Place, Drexler said people should start thinking about their future plans sooner rather than later.

"Look at their circumstances and see what they could do or what they have and make plans," Drexler said.

Those plans include finding a place to live in later years.

For Drexler, Tiger Place is a home and somewhere to read a good book.

Life expectancy for Americans is 77 years, but Japan has the longest life expectancy at 82 years.

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