This blog was published on December 20,2017 and updated on January 9, 2020.
The world of senior living can feel like uncharted territory — unfamiliar, with its own unique language and rules. Seniors in fair or good health may be uncertain about the distinction between assisted living and independent living. Both options can foster independence, ease caregiver stress and help seniors live longer, healthier lives. You can have your own private apartment or condo in each living arrangement, but there are also important differences that can help guide your decision. Here’s an overview of the basics.
This blog was published on March 14, 2016 and updated on January 8, 2020.
More seniors than ever are choosing senior living communities. There are nearly 30,000 communities in the United States serving more than 800,000 seniors. The conundrum of whether to rent or buy can be tough to solve, especially if you’re new to the world of assisted living. There’s no right decision, nor are there any universal principles that apply to everyone. Instead, making the decision requires some detective work, an honest assessment of your needs and budget and a clear understanding of what’s included in the price of admission to the community.
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.
This blog was published on February 19, 2016 and updated on December 26, 2019.
The right assisted living community can make a big difference in a senior’s quality of life. Many seniors find that transitioning to senior living opens new doors, allowing them to master new hobbies, cultivate meaningful friendships, and get the help they need while still remaining as independent as possible. Quality dining, exceptional activities, and access to nearby family should figure prominently in the decision. However, it’s also important to ensure that the community can meet a senior’s care needs, especially if they might change.
This blog was published on March 17, 2016 and updated on December 26, 2019.
Aging can be scary. Seniors often fear the unknown, including the loss of independence and the potential long-term effects of serious medical conditions. This may be why many seniors are resistant to seeking help, and are sometimes even secretive about any new symptoms they experience. Watching your parents make dangerous decisions can be agonizing. For many adult children, the shift from care recipient to caregiver sparks an identity crisis. Navigating this rocky terrain is never easy. You’ll need to keep your own emotions in check so that you can help your parents manage their needs — both physical and emotional.
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.