Have you ever wondered what your life could look like in a senior independent living community? You wouldn’t be alone; many older adults are curious about the variety of retirement options available today. One estimate suggested that nearly 835,000 Americans were living in some type of senior living community in 2016, and that number is expected to continue to increase as older adults discover the significant benefits of living among their peers.
In the 1860s, Decoration Day was established as a time to honor soldiers who died serving our country by adorning their gravesites. Later renamed Memorial Day, it was recognized as a federal holiday in 1971.
As you age, it becomes extremely important to fully consider the senior living option that works best for you. While many seniors want to believe staying in their own home is best, they often don’t examine the physical, medical and emotional costs of aging in place.
The transition to retirement is filled with excitement, anticipation, and a sense that anything could happen in this new life. For some people, retirement is also tinged with fear, especially if they have a chronic illness or a family history of serious health conditions like dementia, diabetes, or osteoporosis. Planning for retirement also demands planning for the unexpected. Assisted living offers a safe, comfortable retirement, a chance for new adventures, and the opportunity to master new skills. Yet many seniors and the adult children who care for them give little thought to assisted living because they worry it’s outside of their budget. Especially as healthcare and other costs mount, don’t ignore this enriching and affordable option.
With Mother’s Day just a few days away — Sunday, May 10 — you may be scratching your head. How can you celebrate Mom while continuing to social distance for her safety? If your mother is 60 or older, or has an underlying health condition, or both, it’s still important to keep your distance to protect her from coronavirus.
Life is filled with turbulence--illness, fights with loved ones, and global uncertainty. These moments of fear can provide a chance to grow closer to loved ones, gain wisdom, and pause to reflect on all the good things you have. The storm always ends, but when you’re in the middle of it, feeling overwhelmed is natural. No matter what struggles you face, these tactics can help you manage turbulent times.
Seniors — just like the rest of us — are creatures of habit. We all thrive on our routines, whether it’s our morning coffee with the news, a bedtime ritual, or spending time in the garden each day. Even the best new living situation for seniors disrupts established routines. New people, new furniture, and a new environment all require an adjustment period. Here’s how to help the senior you love adapt and thrive in a new living situation.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically altered life for all of us, including vulnerable populations. Older adults, including those with underlying health conditions, are likely spending more time at home in recent weeks. Though staying at home can feel cozy and comfortable initially, it often doesn’t take too long for even the biggest homebody to feel stir-crazy.
In just a few weeks life has changed for many people due to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The constant updates, warnings and changes to routines is more than enough to cause anyone to feel anxious.
Anxiety can be even more likely among people over age 60 and among those who have chronic conditions that put them at high risk for developing severe and dangerous complications as a result of COVID-19.