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.
The senior population is booming, with more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day. Baby boomers have shaped history and changed the world, and now they’re changing what it means to grow older. Fifty-two percent of seniors reported in one survey that they are active four or more days per week.
Caring for a senior loved one can offer you the chance to learn from, nurture a closer relationship with, and give back to someone who has loved you their entire life. But caregiving can also be thankless, exhausting, demoralizing work.
Gifts for seniors present a unique challenge. Many seniors already have the things they want or need. Those who have lived in the same home for years may be concerned about clutter, and seniors who have transitioned to senior living may relish their tidy new minimalist existence.
Popular accounts of dementia in the media often fail to capture its sheer brutality. The pain of dementia extends far beyond the person suffering from it, affecting entire families and relationships — often for years and even generations. Whereas popular depictions often present dementia as memory loss or forgetfulness, families facing dementia know that dementia can be much more.
Whether you’ve been waiting for a break from the summer heat for months or dreading the end of planting season and endless flowers, winter cold is inevitable. Flu shots, plenty of hand-washing, and a hefty dose of holiday cheer and time with family can help you stay healthy and happy this season. But what about your diet? Nutrition is fuel for your body, so fill up with premium fuel and stay healthy all winter. These winter nutrition tips for seniors can help you enjoy the holidays, spend plenty of time with family, and avoid spending time in a doctor’s waiting room.
Do the holidays stir up warm memories of baked goods, caroling, toasty firesides, and family fun? Or does the mere thought of a celebration send you into a panic about all the things you need to do, all the people you need to support, and all the challenges you’ll face in supporting an ailing senior? If you’re like most people, you probably feel a mix of warmth, dread, excitement, and anxiety when you contemplate the holiday season. Make this holiday count for every member of your family, including seniors who are struggling, with these tips.