Love is a powerful force, especially when it motivates you to provide loving care for a senior loved one. Love can motivate you to keep going when you’re exhausted, be patient when you’re overwhelmed, and give up once-beloved hobbies to care for a loved one. More than 30 million Americans are driven by love and concern to provide unpaid care to an ailing loved one. And while their sacrifice is laudable, love isn’t always enough. Love can’t build more hours into the day, or eliminate the need to sleep. It can’t free you of your own need for downtime and loving human connection. Assisted living and memory care, however, can help bridge the gap between what you want to do for your loved one and what you’re able to offer.
Today’s seniors are fiercely independent, passionately committed to their hobbies and families, and eager to find new meaning in retirement. Many seniors believe that the best way to preserve their independence is by remaining in their homes. But senior living communities offer a viable alternative.
The transition to senior living can feel overwhelming. You’ll have to deal with issues such as financing care, finding the right community, planning the move, getting loved ones on board for the move, and ensuring you’ve made the right choice after you or your loved one moves in. Arbor’s Senior Care Counselors offer help navigating the ins and outs of senior living. They can answer your questions, point you toward valuable resources, and offer a sympathetic ear. Here are some of the ways they can help you:
Nearly half of all seniors have at least one gun in their house. A gun offers some seniors a sense of safety, and can be an important tool for hobbies like hunting and recreational shooting. But among seniors who have dementia, a gun transitions from a useful tool into a potentially lethal weapon. Monitoring a senior gun owner for dementia symptoms may save their life.
Here are the warning signs to look for, and how to ensure your family’s safety.
A simple conversation can be life-changing for a person with dementia. Dementia can feel isolating and frightening, but warm conversations remind people with dementia that they matter and they’re not alone. Supporting a person with dementia to overcome communication barriers can improve their quality of life. One study even found that just an hour of social interaction a week improves quality of life in seniors with dementia. Conversation can also ease the stress that caregivers and loved ones feel by reminding them that their loved one may be struggling, but they’re still in there. So get talking. Here’s how:
Aging can be difficult and full of unpleasant surprises. However, your senior years can also be the best of your life—with the right supportive environment. If living the life you want is becoming more difficult, it may be time to move into a senior living community. The right senior living community offers meaningful community, plenty of activities, exciting community events, and transportation to area attractions. Here are some signs that it may be time to make the move.
Image caption: Paola Barbarino, Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
We at The Arbor Company care deeply about memory care and the fight to end dementia. One of the leading voices in the fight against Alzheimer’s is Alzheimer’s Disease International. We asked them to join us on our blog to share some recent insights. Here is a message from ADI’s CEO, Paola Barbarino:
Back when you were fighting traffic, dealing with difficult bosses, wrangling screaming toddlers, and balancing the competing demands of many roles, you might have fantasized about retirement to get through the day. What did your fantasy look like? Most seniors say they want to stay in their homes. Yet many find that this decision actually constrains their freedom and becomes increasingly isolating. For many seniors, senior living offers a chance at the retirement they always fantasized about—but without all the work.