Choosing a senior care community is a task that ideally should include several community tours, the chance to ask questions and discuss with family members, and time to make a solid decision. However, some family members find themselves in the midst of a crisis, doing their best to choose a community while sitting in a hospital emergency room. You and your family can reduce the chance of that crisis decision by watching for signs that you or your aging loved one will soon need additional care.
Life is exhausting. People who work outside of the home deal with the pressures of the workaday world—endless traffic, stressful deadlines, and the often conflicting needs of co-workers, clients, and bosses. Those who are raising children must manage work days that never end, battle the exhaustion of sleepless nights, and worry about how each decision impacts their child’s future. It’s no wonder that so many people fantasize about how they’ll spend their retirement.
Assisted living is a wonderful option for older adults who need some hands-on care or reminders in order to stay healthy. Seniors living with chronic medical conditions, a long or confusing list of regular medications, or some mobility issues may find that assisted living offers the perfect blend of independence and access to caregivers available to lend a hand when needed. For family members, assisted living communities can offer peace of mind when it comes to safety. All in all, assisted living benefits seniors and the family members who love them.
Care planning for your aging parents can be an emotional minefield. The people who have cared for you for much of your life now need care themselves. This can reopen childhood wounds, spur thoughts of your own mortality, and even be a source of resentment. Yet caregiving can also be profoundly rewarding. It’s a chance to give back to the parents who have given you so much. Or, if your relationship with your parents has always been conflicted—or downright problematic—caregiving may be a shot at redemption. You don’t have to do it all at once, and you don’t have to be perfect. You need only take it one day at a time. Here’s how to begin the care-planning process for your aging parents.
The Boomer generation has made a difference in each market they have entered, and senior living is no exception. Thanks to Boomers being specific about what they want senior living to look like—active, healthy, and fun—senior living communities no longer feel like clinical settings. Instead, senior living communities are vibrant and beautiful, with amenities that many people only experience during expensive hotel stays.
If it is time for you or your aging loved one to make a positive change in living arrangements, independent living is a wonderful option. Once you find the right fit, you will be surprised at the benefits you or your loved one will begin seeing right away.
Our relationships make us who we are. They inspire us, comfort us, and occasionally challenge us. We need our relationships more than ever as we age, yet about 40 percent of seniors report feeling lonely. Loneliness can lead to depression, sleep problems, and worsening health. One study found that the dangers of loneliness were as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Strong relationships are the solution, but sustaining these relationships can be difficult—especially if your loved ones live far away or enjoy activities you’re no longer able to do.
Don’t give up. The right family activities are fun for everyone, from perennially bored kids to stressed adults. These fun activities for seniors are great for the whole family:
Senior living communities have evolved drastically over the past few decades. While new features such as spas, swimming pools, and cutting-edge technology make senior living more appealing, it can also muddy the waters when trying to find a solution for yourself or your aging loved one. If you find yourself feeling frustrated or overwhelmed when searching for a senior living community that meets the needs of you or your loved one, you are not alone.
Without previous experience searching for a senior living community, you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the available information. Fortunately, you have many options to choose from—you just have to know where to start.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, but it’s not the only type. Getting an accurate diagnosis can help you support your loved one, anticipate likely changes and ensure you choose the right level of care. The right diagnosis begins with a trip to a doctor you trust and usually requires a referral to a neurologist. Here’s how to understand the distinction between Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Your retirement years are full of important decisions, including when (or if) you should move into a senior living community. Fortunately, senior communities are different from what your parents or grandparents experienced. The industry has evolved significantly, thanks to the expanding suggestions and lifestyle of the very active Baby Boomer generations. These days, senior living communities feature amenities that are more like a resort hotel than a clinical hospital.