Congratulations! You’ve decided that independent living offers a retirement lifestyle that suits your active days and your wellness goals. As your move draws closer, you may be feeling a mix of emotions. Certainly, you’re excited about what’s to come and the investment you’re making in your health. You may also be feeling a bit nervous, wondering how you will connect with your new neighbors.
When you arrive at your new independent living community, you’ll be greeted with a multitude of opportunities to get to know your peers. After all, making friends is one of the main benefits of living in a senior community. Even if you’re feeling anxious or shy, we’ve got all the tips on how to make yourself at home and find plenty of new friends along the way.
Being diagnosed with dementia can be scary. After all, people with advanced dementia can’t tell us what they’re thinking or feeling, and uncertainty breeds fear. The truth is that dementia care has come a long way. People with dementia are living longer, more meaningful lives. A dementia journey does not have to be one of hopelessness and fear. Instead, consider using this time to think about what you want out of your future and the type of support you hope to have as your cognition changes. Art therapy relieves stress, and may even help with the symptoms of dementia. It can also help people with dementia express themselves when their vocabularies begin to fail them.
Most adult children understand the value of spending time with their senior parents. Finding something to do, however, can be a major barrier. You may be overwhelmed by the responsibilities of professional life and child rearing. Adding in time with your parent may feel like just one more item to cross off a to-do list, particularly if you're doing something you don’t enjoy. But these hobbies for seniors and adult children are fun for everyone, offer valuable quality time, and can help stimulate your loved one’s mind while encouraging them to be more active. This means better health for your loved one and a deeper relationship for you both.
For at least two decades, we’ve heard exciting promises about virtual reality. Until recently, VR technology was the exclusive domain of tech-savvy kids and a few startups making big predictions while offering little. In the past few years, virtual reality has come a long way from its humble roots. It’s not just about video games and immersive experiences anymore. A number of companies are already using virtual reality platforms to improve the lives of seniors.
Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation, and a chance to learn something new. Indeed, most assisted living residents find that they have many more opportunities for engagement than they ever had at home. Check out these great options, which you may find at your local senior living community.
For many Americans, the transition to retirement offers a chance to imbibe as much information as possible. Yet reading tends to decline as people age. Data from the Pew Research Center found that in 2015, 69 percent of seniors reported having read at least one book in the past year, compared to 80 percent of people ages 18-29 years old. Finding the right book can be a challenge, especially for seniors who have not read in a while. Check out our roundup of the best books for seniors.
Many seniors relish the chance to downsize, embrace minimalism and enjoy a smaller, tidier home in assisted living. Of course, there’s a reason that most of us spend our lives accumulating miscellaneous stuff. Everyone develops emotional attachments to their possessions, and the way you choose to decorate your home and adorn your furniture is a reflection of who you are, what you enjoy, and even what you believe. You don’t have to abandon these personal touches when you transition to assisted living. Here are some great ideas for making your new space uniquely yours.
What does your ideal retirement look like? A chance to reflect on the life you’ve built? New adventures? Mastering new skills? Or perhaps you’re hoping for a little romance. Whether it’s your first shot at love or your 50th, a blossoming romance in your senior years can be uniquely sweet. You’ll have more time to spend with your beloved, and can benefit from a lifetime of romantic wins and losses. For seniors who want a life partner or just a chance to date, senior living communities offer plenty of chances to find someone.
Every year, 1 in 4 seniors over 65 falls. A senior seeks emergency room treatment for a fall every 11 seconds. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, and can compromise a senior’s independence and quality of life by leaving them in immense pain. Falls may even increase the risk of death.