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What is Happier Aging™? It starts with one simple question...
"What did you use to love doing that you no longer do?"
Happier Aging is Nurse Next Door’s philosophy of care: for our clients, their families, our people and everyone we meet.
At Nurse Next Door, we want to change the perceptions of aging, We believe that getting older doesnt have to feel sad or helpless; instead, aging is something worth celebrating.
As Atul Gawande wrote in his book, Being Mortal, “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end”
Through our principles of Choice, Belonging, Respect, Autonomy and Purpose, we live Happier Aging.
Overall, what she gets is care, honest-to-goodness care. I get the peace of mind of knowing that my mother is with a company that sincerely cares about her. They give you basic respect, dignity and the tender loving care that all of our parents want and that we want for our parents.”
Their care allows me to run the rest of my life, you know, because I have a full-time job and two 16-year-olds who need to go places. Nurse Next Door has taken the burden off of me. There’s really no other way we could have managed it.
Five Pillars of Happier Aging™
Doing what you want to do when you want to do it. The freedom to choose allows you to shape your life. You are empowered when you have choice.
Having meaning in your life.
Purpose comes when we have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully. It’s what motivates us to show up for ourselves and others.
Showing care, concern and consideration for others, even when they are different from you.
Respect allows us to feel comfortable being who we are. Its how we admire people, including ourselves.
Your right to make decisions for yourself free of outside influences. You may not control life’s circumstances but being the author of your life means deciding what you do with them.
Accepting ourselves and others for who we are.
When we belong, we have a greater sense of fulfillment and well-being. Belonging connects us to something bigger than ourselves.
Happier Aging™ in action
Happier Aging™ has given seniors a chance to rekindle passions and interests while staying at home.
Growing up, Gary was often surrounded by music and instantly fell in love with jazz. As he grew older, he channeled his love for jazz music into a career and performed approximately 240 behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the greatest jazz and blues musicians.
In collaboration with the Dream On Seniors’ Wish Foundation, Gary was provided an iMac and converter so he could transfer and edit copies of his tapes. Since receiving the equipment, Gary has created a website, Project Jazz Verbatim, where he dedicates his time to uploading his interviews with jazz greats.
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The Caring Journal is full of stories like these. Read more about seniors doing the things they love–especially when they thought they couldn’t anymore.