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I imagine we all want to remain independent and live full and productive lives as seniors. Personally I never want to burden another family member or my children, either financially or as a caregiver. And then there’s the dreaded isolation factor ... these things all need serious thought and my determination today could change if some event sets things in a downward spiral - Lordy! I guess, live for today but plan for future scenarios is my motto. 

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Becoming independant is something we do while young. Getting old is when you realize that it will never happen.

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Your story is encouraging...am "only" 70 yo and fully intend to work part-time (someday-am fulltime now) and still drive as long as possible.  The time one must wait for a driver (of any sort) added to the anxiety I personally feel about the uber thing (safe or no!?) keep me in my own car.  Hope that I can, however, discern when it is time to stop....my be someone prying the car keys out of my cold, dead hand...!  Thanks! - for sharing your story.

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My beautiful husband (86) broke his hip last January 31, had surgery February 1, and moved to rehab on the 4th. Within the first 2 weeks he got bedsores and complained about the food. I told them I was taking him home on March 23rd. They said that I wouldn’t be able to take care of him. When he got home he could only stand a bit. We got rid of the wheelchair and the hospital bed the first of June. During the middle of July he started driving himself to dialysis and beyond. He’s considered a walking miracle. We have decided that we will have to be carried out of our 2 story home. We don’t want to go to assisted living if at all possible. Besides we wouldn’t be able to afford it. I am so thankful that my best friend husband pulled through. It was a possibility that he wouldn’t. We certainly will consider Uber when the time comes. Thank you for your information regarding Uber. 

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I just read your text and I must say that I am surprised to hear that the cost of the Uber driver almost equals the cost of insurance/gasoline, etc.  I never thought about it that way.  I am 86 years old, still working part-time (on a computer!) and love it.  I drive to the local grocery story, drive to the gym three days a week, drive to the local stores and also drive to the country line dancing classes that I take.  Also drive to doctor and dentist appointments.  I will keep your idea of Uber in mind when I cannot drive anymore.  Thank you for your post.

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Hello @Lon1934, thank you for sharing these savvy and practical tips! Interesting to learn how cost effective Uber has been for you, too. 

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I believe that many of us like the idea of being self sufficient and independent to what ever extent we can, and this is particularly true as we age. At my age of 84 with a few physical problems I can speak with authority about this. I sincerely believe that my basic computer knowledge and use along with a I Phone has enabled me to maintain my independence far better than most of my peer group and maintain a good quality of life. No one had to force me to give up driving two years ago, I made that decision my self and sold my car in 24 hours for a good price and then called and cancelled my auto insurance and started using UBER. I can go where ever I want when ever I want and not be DEPENDENT on anyone and believe it or not the cost of the 175 odd UBER TRIPS over the past two years is about equal to what I was paying for my auto insurance. I live in a one bedroom, living room, one bath, kitchenette apartment at a quality ASSISTED LIVING facility. Prior to voluntarily re-locating to this facility I lived in a two bedroom two bath apartment and did all my own cooking and cleaning. I have access to three Gourmet quality meals per day in a lovely dining room and only keep my favorite wines and snacks in my kitchenette. I receive several items each week delivered to my door via AMAZON PRIME. They are items that I could purchase locally, but why? A good price and convenience via AMAZON is hard to beat.
Looking at my fellow residents is what prompted me to write this SMUG thread because I see how dependent many of them are on care takers, friends and family for many things they could do for them selves IF they ONLY had some level of tech knowledge.
I realize that there may be a time that I will need all the features and services of ASSISTED LIVING, but as long as I can still boogie around with my walker, feed, bathe and dress myself I will remain independent.

 

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