“Aging in Place – Naples Style” Program for the Public is a Community Collaboration

Brookdale Center For Healthy Aging
(Naples, FL) October 10, 2013 - The NCH Healthcare System’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Rehabilitation, Collier Building Industry Association, University of South Florida—College of Engineering, as well as individual experts are hosting a free community education program called “Aging in Place – Naples Style” on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in the Telford Auditorium, NCH Downtown Naples Hospital.

“Aging in Place” refers to continuing to live in one’s preferred home and using existing expertise, services and technologies to enjoy life to the fullest extent possible through all stages of life. This event will include a presentation on “Aging in Place” concepts followed by an “Ask the Experts” panel discussion. Helpful materials will be available for all attendees. For more information and to register for this free event, please call the Brookdale Center at 239-552-7575.

“People facing a debilitating health condition often retreat from their favorite activities because of the stigmas associated with these conditions and a change in their sense of self,” says Heather Baker, administrative director of The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Rehabilitation. “Aging In Place – Naples Style” is an example of community collaboration at its best. Our goal is to promote awareness in our community to help individuals avoid these unnecessary compromises in lifestyle,” Baker adds.

The inspiration for “Aging in Place – Naples Style” comes from a local resident who faced challenges as she brought her husband home from the hospital. The family had recently renovated their home without the benefit of expert advice that could have made their home more accessible in light of the new physical challenges they face in the years ahead.

Here on the Paradise Coast, when some think of planning ahead it conjures up thoughts of meeting with financial planners, watching the hurricane forecasts, and making health care choices. Individuals form a generalized plan for the “what ifs” they may face. However, there’s a difference between surviving life’s challenges and taking steps toward sustaining a fully engaged lifestyle. This program is designed to support a satisfying, active lifestyle.

The Brookdale Center is a 54-bed rehabilitation hospital serving Collier County and the surrounding area. The program specializes in recovery from brain injury, stroke, trauma, orthopedic and neurological conditions. More information is available through their website, www.nchmd.org/brookdale, or by calling (239)552-7222.