Much of what we do at BrightStar Care of Worcester Milford is keep seniors safely at home, wherever home may be. It may be a house, a loved one's home, a condo, or a community. So once upon a time people lived then died all at one address. Now people may move dozens of times before retirement and beyond. The following article may have great relevance and perspective for you or a loved one. We hope it is useful to you.
"Aging in Place: Employing Adult Development, Theory in Practice, Published on October 3, 2016
By Patrick Joseph Roden, PhD at aginginplace.com LLC
"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture." -Lydia M. Child
Aging in Place Takes Confidence. Of course I've taught about Jim Fries and his compression of morbidity concept, and I've included it in my textbook, for many years. A few years ago, I finally had a chance to meet him personally and I asked him what really works for health promotion. After some moments of thought he replied, "The truth is, Rick, almost nothing works. But if I had to point to one thing that might work, it's self-efficacy, locus of control. If you can get people to have that perspective, something is possible."-Rick Moody PhD
The above text was an email I received from HR Moody recently about the author of the “compression of morbidity” theory, Dr Jim Fries. This paragraph contains the key to not only health and wellness, but aging in place too. For decades health promotion professionals have employed everything from motivational theories to high tech-snake oil to get people interested in self-directed wellness—the results have not been that successful. In fact, despite all the health/wellness information available on obesity, for example, it remains common, serious and costly in our country.
My colleague, Mike Waters has been in the health promotion trenches for more years than we’d like to both admit; he has seen all the fads come and go. He reports:
It’s [locus of control] the thing that holds people back from success. Lack of confidence and lack of a feeling of hope-- optimism.
We have a number of members in a weight loss program at the club who are struggling with this. And yet a lot of them are very successful in other aspects of their life.
As you and I have talked about for years; we’ve made the act of being healthy so difficult.
Changing behaviors to positive personal outcomes (like health or successful aging in place) fundamentally gets down to building self-confidence and clearing the way (offering the path-of-least-resistance) of obstacles. Easily said, more difficult in practice…
Change and Learning
Don Prickle PhD from Oregon State University has taught about how people gain confidence in learning—which applies to weight loss, fitness, disease management, and successful aging-in-place. I offer for consideration the Triadic Model for Change and Learning here for aging-in-place professionals, families and caregivers alike.
Study this simple model and see how or if you can apply the theory in your efforts to keep your aging clients/patients, customers, or family members home by choice:
The Triadic Model for Change and Learning
If you take up the challenge I’d like to hear back on how you applied/modified this model to build self-efficacy and clear obstacles--making it work for your target market or family members.
See College Student to Change Agent: A Triadic Model of Self-Efficacy, Attribution, and Appraisal
Theories of Behavior Change Understanding your Own Locus of Control: Take the test aginginplace.com