The concept of assisted living sometimes conjures up negative misconceptions of loved ones suffering through a reduced quality of life, disinterested staffers and boredom, but these stereotypes can actually prevent seniors and their families from truly understanding assisted living and confidently making the decisions that are best for their loved ones’ well-being.
The fear of boredom is especially vexing—the idea that once a senior enters assisted living, life becomes dull. For the best senior living communities, this is anything but the case. Understanding senior living is understanding that quality of life, including events, social life and amenities, should be the primary focus of communities and their staff. Here is how this goal is accomplished:
Mother’s Day is a wonderful time not only to celebrate the influential women in your life, but also to gather the family for a day of connection and shared experience. Celebrating this holiday can be—and should be—a whole family affair, with everyone feeling included and capable of sharing time together.
If you find yourself coordinating a family celebration for your aging loved one, your children, and even your grandchildren, you may feel stumped when trying to find an activity you can all participate in together. In the hopes of inspiring your best Mother’s Day celebration yet, here are a few ideas to get your planning started.
Have you decided that it’s time to start thinking seriously about moving to a senior living facility?
Many seniors admit that one of the main reasons they put off exploring senior living options is the price tag. However, if you know deep down that you’re ready for senior living, you should seriously consider moving and start exploring the options available to you.
Unfortunately, financial concerns lead to lengthy delays in seniors receiving the care, accommodations, and engagement that they so badly need. But there are many options and resources available to help pay for senior living—some that you might not be aware of.
Is there anything better than the spring season? There is certainly much to be said about a season that beckons us all outside to enjoy warmer temperatures and take big breaths of fresh air that smells like rain. Colorful flowers push up from the dirt, and everyone has an innate desire to throw open the windows to clear out any stale air left over from winter.
Since spring does encourage more outdoor activity, in temperatures that are reminiscent of Goldilocks—not too hot, not too cold—most people dust off their jackets and tennis shoes to head outside. This year, consider grabbing your gardening gloves and tools. Not only will you enjoy the time gardening, you will be able to reap some mental and emotional benefits as well.
Getting older comes with new responsibilities, including issues that may have not been at the front of your mind a few decades before. Exercise, for example, may have been a normal part of your active workday before you retired. However, now you may find yourself with a chronic medical condition that leaves you with no energy to take a stroll around the block. Beyond exercise, choosing the right foods and maintaining a healthy diet can keep your body and mind strong. Senior nutrition can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the right information and support systems in place, you can feed your body the fuel that will keep it running well.
Dementia affects 47 million people around the world, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. Finding ways to provide more efficient and effective dementia care will be among the world’s top public health priorities in the years ahead.
Moving to a senior community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is often considered healthy aging by most Americans. Many seniors and their family members try to stay at home for as long as they can, even while fighting with chronic medical conditions, loneliness, and memory loss. This desire to stay at home can often lead to unhealthy and isolated living conditions, which isn’t healthy aging at all.
Starting the “moving” conversation with an aging parent is never easy. The idea of leaving a home after spending decades there brings a great deal of uncertainty and unpredictable reactions.
First and foremost, don’t go it alone. Family members, elder care planning experts, and resources such as the Talking to Your Parent Guide will provide support and tools to help start the “moving” conversation.
Spring is approaching. Birds are chirping, and colorful flowers are pushing up from the ground. As you throw open your windows and begin your usual spring cleaning routine, consider starting the downsizing process. Although downsizing your family home into a more manageable (and engaging) senior living community apartment can seem overwhelming and emotional, following a reasonable timeline and set of tasks can keep you on target for achieving your upcoming move.