“I’m too old for that” may be a true statement for a night out on the town, but when it comes to exercise and staying active, there is no age that deems us “too old” to begin an exercise program. The truth is, in almost all cases, it would be better fit to say, “better late than never.”
Not all senior living facilities are created equal, nor should they be. The senior living options are growing and becoming more specialized to fit the upcoming baby boomer needs, but the options that currently exist are important to consider, as they vary from type-to-type with specific design and amenity options to fit the many and unique needs of the aging population.
Caregivers need support. There’s no doubt about it. Whether a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s lives at home with the caregiver, or whether the loved one lives in a memory care community and the caregiver serves as a care manager and trustee, caregivers face continual stress and often a lost sense of self. The Alzheimer’s Association has trained staff and volunteers ready to assist caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One important way they help is to host support group meetings, and I recently attended my first.
We know that good eating habits supplemented with daily activity is necessary for a healthy life, especially as we age, but there are some surprising and fun activities that are also beneficial to living our best lives.
Senior living design and amenities just keep getting better and better. What’s in store as engaged architectural and design firms look to the future preferences and needs of Baby Boomers?
It’s a jungle out there…a tangle of required documents, uncertain preferences, family misunderstandings, and sometimes uncooperative elders. Having essential documents in place before emergency measures are needed will give families some peace of mind and confidence in providing appropriate care for elderly loved ones.
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Make no mistake. The demand for quality memory care communities will continue to increase as Baby Boomers age and many develop various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
The “Bridge” Option
For many, assisted living communities are a sort of “bridge” option for seniors who are experiencing difficulties maintaining a healthy, safe, and involved lifestyle when living independently. There may be some mobility issues, problems taking prescription medications correctly, lessened abilities and/or interest in cleaning and/or cooking, or maybe some assistance with personal care is now needed. If such seniors live alone, there is also the risk of depression and loneliness due to isolation. These folks do not have ongoing medical conditions requiring skilled nursing; thus, the assisted living community is a viable option.
Modesty is an admirable attribute, and our featured friend, Dorothy, wears it well. So well that it’s difficult to get her to talk about herself. She insists that she has always learned from others.
The decision has been made. “We’re moving on out! No more lawn maintenance, no more worrying about the furnace, air conditioner, or hot water heater kicking the bucket, and no more cleaning all this extra space we don’t even use. We’re ready to move to an independent living community.”