Mathews seniors seeking to live independently form committee
A group of senior citizens in Mathews, hoping to age in their homes, have formed a committee to explore the possibility of developing a program in the county to help them do so. The PATH program (People Aging in Their Homes) is seeking to fill a gap in the ability of local agencies to provide services to these seniors.
The committee, which is chaired by Art Miller, will introduce the PATH program to Mathews residents in a meeting at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 26, at Kingston Parish House, 370 Main Street in Mathews.
Paul Vanden Bout will explain the proposed PATH program and will answer questions after his presentation, a release said.
Although Mathews is not designated a “retirement” community, the release stated, many retirees have chosen to live out their senior years in the county, and they hope to remain in their homes rather than moving in with a child or into a nursing home.
But looking ahead, they realize they might find themselves not as self-sufficient as they would like to be. Changing a light bulb in an overhead fixture, for instance, can be intimating to someone with arthritic knees, the release said. Finding a ride to the doctor for weekly treatments can cause anxiety for someone who no longer has a license to drive. Being home alone for too many days can bring loneliness and boredom.