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.
Want to live longer? Age really might be just a number if you have a positive attitude toward aging. A new study suggests that people who have a positive attitude toward aging may be healthier and happier. Other research supports this conclusion, pointing to the benefits of feeling young at heart. So go ahead and embrace your inner youthfulness. Age is what you make it.
A popular myth suggests that depression is a normal part of aging. This is untrue. Depression is a serious illness, much like diabetes or heart disease. It’s not a normal part of aging, and with the right support, seniors can lead engaging, joyful, meaningful lives. Yet depression is common in seniors. An estimated 1-5 percent of the general senior population is affected by depression. In seniors with health conditions, the figure is much higher. As many as 13.5 percent of seniors requiring home health assistance and 11.5 percent of hospitalized seniors are depressed.
Companion-style living is a unique approach to senior care in memory care communities. It saves money, but more importantly, it can help seniors feel less isolated and more connected to their community. For caregivers who feel anxious about transitioning a loved one to memory care, companion-style living offers reassurance that a loved one won’t be making the transition alone. Here are five key benefits of companion-style living in memory care.
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability. Mobility issues are the most common disability for elders. This frustrating reality can make it difficult to spend enjoyable time together. Boisterous grandkids may want to run, while many seniors prefer a slower pace. Even for healthy seniors, aging can present significant limitations; they’re more vulnerable to heat-related injuries, and may be anxious about falling. Yet activities for elderly parents can be fun, meaningful, and even adventurous. Check out some of these family-friendly options:
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability. One in three will die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The statistics are sobering, but convey little meaning until they affect you. Whether you’ve lived a long life together or are newlyweds pursuing a second—or third or fourth—act, caring for an ailing spouse can be heartbreaking. Many people who care for their spouses feel obligated to do it all on their own. That’s a recipe for burnout, resentment, and exhaustion. The right senior living options can give both of you the help and support you need and offer stress relief that allows you to enjoy your relationship once again.
Aging is inevitable, but much about how you age is within your control. Researchers increasingly find that healthy living, a fulfilling life, and lots of social support offer a path to slower, better aging. The right senior living community makes it easier to remain active, happy, and in control, potentially helping seniors remain independent longer.