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Survey: Seniors Choose to Endure Discomfort Instead of Asking Their Children for Assistance

Aeroflow Healthcare releases survey demonstrating seniors' overwhelming reluctance to speak up when in need of assistance from friends and family

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Aeroflow Healthcare, an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, announced the results of a proprietary survey designed to stress the importance of communication between seniors and their friends and family as they age. The third-party administered survey polled 1,003 adults aged 60 or older living in the United States and was completed over a span of three days in July 2019. To view the full survey results, please click here.

Notable survey results include:
64% of seniors would prefer assisted living to having their adult children care for them
46% of seniors are concerned they may become a burden on their family
54% of seniors would feel embarrassed discussing incontinence issues with friends or family
52% of seniors would try to hide incontinence or lie about it rather than ask for help

The survey results suggest that seniors are more worried about inconveniencing their adult children than receiving the care they need, and are willing to take considerable measures to avoid asking for help. This is directly supported by nearly half of seniors (46%) expressing concerns about burdening their children, more than half (52%) admitting they would try to hide incontinence issues, and nearly two-thirds indicating they would prefer assisted living over being cared for by their adult children.

"As people age and their bodies change, one of the most important things they can do is use their immediate network as a support system and openly communicate with those who care about them most," said Mica Phillips, Director of Urology at Aeroflow Healthcare. "Incontinence is a very common and natural part of aging, but many older Americans still feel embarrassed by a perceived loss of control and independence. Educating seniors on how common incontinence and other aspects of aging are will lead to normalization and works toward eliminating the associated feeling of isolation. Aeroflow encourages seniors to confront these issues with their friends and families. Through Medicaid, we will continue providing them with the products they need to comfortably manage their incontinence."

About Aeroflow Healthcare

In 2001, Aeroflow Healthcare was founded in Asheville, NC as a home oxygen provider, and has since expanded their product offering and grown to become one of the leading durable medical equipment providers nationwide. For three consecutive years, Aeroflow has been ranked on Inc. Magazine's List of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, and has been recognized as a business offering top-notch benefits to employees with the Great Place to Work Award. Aeroflow is an accredited Medicare and Medicaid provider and accepts most commercial insurance. To learn more about Aeroflow Healthcare and getting medical equipment through insurance, visit Aeroflowinc.com.