Have you decided that it’s time to start thinking seriously about moving to a senior living facility?
Many seniors admit that one of the main reasons they put off exploring senior living options is the price tag. However, if you know deep down that you’re ready for senior living, you should seriously consider moving and start exploring the options available to you.
Unfortunately, financial concerns lead to lengthy delays in seniors receiving the care, accommodations, and engagement that they so badly need. But there are many options and resources available to help pay for senior living—some that you might not be aware of.
Is there anything better than the spring season? There is certainly much to be said about a season that beckons us all outside to enjoy warmer temperatures and take big breaths of fresh air that smells like rain. Colorful flowers push up from the dirt, and everyone has an innate desire to throw open the windows to clear out any stale air left over from winter.
Since spring does encourage more outdoor activity, in temperatures that are reminiscent of Goldilocks—not too hot, not too cold—most people dust off their jackets and tennis shoes to head outside. This year, consider grabbing your gardening gloves and tools. Not only will you enjoy the time gardening, you will be able to reap some mental and emotional benefits as well.
Getting older comes with new responsibilities, including issues that may have not been at the front of your mind a few decades before. Exercise, for example, may have been a normal part of your active workday before you retired. However, now you may find yourself with a chronic medical condition that leaves you with no energy to take a stroll around the block. Beyond exercise, choosing the right foods and maintaining a healthy diet can keep your body and mind strong. Senior nutrition can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the right information and support systems in place, you can feed your body the fuel that will keep it running well.
Moving to a senior community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is often considered healthy aging by most Americans. Many seniors and their family members try to stay at home for as long as they can, even while fighting with chronic medical conditions, loneliness, and memory loss. This desire to stay at home can often lead to unhealthy and isolated living conditions, which isn’t healthy aging at all.
Spring is approaching. Birds are chirping, and colorful flowers are pushing up from the ground. As you throw open your windows and begin your usual spring cleaning routine, consider starting the downsizing process. Although downsizing your family home into a more manageable (and engaging) senior living community apartment can seem overwhelming and emotional, following a reasonable timeline and set of tasks can keep you on target for achieving your upcoming move.
Mealtime is supposed to be an enjoyable, social reprieve from the grind of everyday life. But many seniors find that meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation eventually become more exhausting than enjoyable.
Between clipping coupons, budgeting for food, meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation, meals can be a real hassle. Seniors might need to ask family members and friends for help, thus making meals even less enjoyable. But understanding assisted living means understanding that assisted living takes the pain out of preparing and planning meals.
Aging can bring about many new opportunities, for better or for worse. For many seniors, there can be quite a learning curve when it comes to issues that face aging adults, from Medicare questions to chronic medical condition management. Knowing where to go to find the answers to questions you have is the key to arming yourself with reliable information. Some seniors or well-meaning family members will turn to technology to find out the answers to questions. Unfortunately, internet searches are often riddled with incorrect or outdated information that can just cause even more confusion.
Today, older adults are often just as tech-savvy as their younger peers. This ability to download apps and interact successfully with technology, when paired with technological advancements that directly benefit older adults, means that seniors can find apps or online programs for a variety of needs. From medication administration assistance to fall prevention technology to cognitive exercise, technology has stepped into the spotlight for older adults.
Technology offers a variety of options for today’s older adult, including plenty of ways to exercise the brain. Check out just a few of our favorite apps that will give your brain a workout.
Technology can provide a powerful impact on seniors’ everyday lives. Learning how to use new technology to stay connected to family and friends brings about a host of cognitive and physical health benefits for seniors.
The challenge, however, is that seniors can be hesitant to adopt newer forms of technology. Some coaxing and maneuvering may be necessary to get them to try and stay with it over time, but technology’s ability to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of seniors will make the effort well worth your time.