From our earliest years, we are taught to strive for personal autonomy and the freedom it offers. But as advanced age approaches, the confidence, self-esteem, and personal power that accompanies independence are often eroded by reduced income, failed health and nutritional problems, loneliness, the loss of a loving spouse, restricted mobility, fear of crime, and social neglect. Elderly single persons who find themselves 'on their own' are often faced with questions about finding suitable housing, handling emotional stress, managing finances, locating and using community services and resources, protecting themselves from violent crime, and securing transportation to shopping areas and physicians. "On Our Own" offers many insights into the choices and challenges of solo living. Dr Falk combines valuable information with compassion and understanding as she seeks to help today's aged single people live quality lives.
Her thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation offers suggestions on maintaining family relationships, keeping fit in body and mind, locating part-time employment and prospects for volunteer work, available in-home aids, getting everything you deserve from public agencies, and much more.