John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson

Research indicates that 87 percent of Americans want to grow old in their own homes. Aging in place means seniors want to keep their independence and stay in the home they’ve often spent their lifetime making a place of refuge.

Radio hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson understand the trials and tribulations of aging and that is why they bring expert guests to their weekly radio show “Successful Aging” on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX to talk about how to live your best life and age well. This past week, they spoke with Tom Egan, president and CEO of Foundation for Senior Living, or FSL.

FSL is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide home and community-based services and to develop energy efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for people of all ages. Last year, it helped 136,000 people from the ages of 3 to 103. It’s been a community resource in the Valley since 1974, helping families with health issues, hunger, illness, loneliness and substandard housing.

“We help people figure out what they need today, but also help them strategize on what they’ll need in the future through our Care by Design program,” Egan said.

FSL offers adult day health services, which is a safe, secure place for adults to go during the day, providing nursing supervision and therapeutic recreation, socialization and nutritious meals. Adults of all ages are welcome at the adult day centers in Phoenix, Tempe and Glendale and can receive services that meet their needs whether they are medical, social or recreational. The programs enhance participant’s level of independence while advancing positive well-being and health. The programs are also available for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and adults who have suffered from a head injury or other disability. The program is a medical model and requires a physician’s order so that the staff can provide the appropriate level of care. In addition to private pay, FSL has payment options that include ALTCS and VA benefits. FSL also offers in-home non-medical and medical health care services, home accessibility modifications and home delivered meals.

One of FSL’s services that makes a huge impact on someone’s ability to age in place is its Home Improvements program. It can help keep people safer by fixing issues that can cause problems with daily tasks. Some of the services offered are: home repairs, renovations, weatherization services to make the home more energy-efficient, resulting in savings that can be used for critical basic needs and accessibility modifications — grab bars, widening doorways, adding a ramp or toilet seat riser, just to name a few. Anyone can call FSL for its services and depending where you live and your income, you may qualify for financial assistance. To contact FSL and find out about any of its services, call 602-285-1800 or check visit www.fsl.org.

For more information on these topics or to ask a question, visit www.successfulaging.info. Tune in from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday to Independent Talk KFNX 1100 as we continue to explore “Successful Aging.”