Children — even adult children — turn to their parents for support. They see their parents as caregivers, and it’s often a surprise when the roles become reversed. Seemingly out of the blue, sons and daughters notice their parents slowing down. They may even worry about their parents living in a house by themselves. Senior parents, though, almost always want to maintain their independence. Senior living is a smart solution to satisfy both parties.
Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”
To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, here are 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs.
It’s an age-old adage, “you are what you eat.” And while food does contain the building blocks our bodies need to heal and fuel themselves, when we’re younger, we have a little more leeway in what we put on our plate. But as we age, what we don’t eat can start to affect our overall health and wellness. Our later years are also when a lifetime of bad eating habits and the effects of poor nutrition and diet can start to catch up with us. In fact, many of the diseases that affect senior health are the result of dietary factors, which can then be compounded by changes that naturally occur as we age.
THIS POST will discuss how critical proper senior nutrition is and the health risks of poor nutrition.
Communication and denial play major roles in parent-child relationships. Most kids strive to do what’s best for their parents. But there are some, unfortunately, who are looking for an easy way out. Parents, for the most part, just don’t want to be a burden to their families.
How can you make the process a family affair, a time to come together and deal with important issues that will affect the futures of both you and your children?
Let’s make it simple. We’ll start with the parents, since they are the ones whose lives will be affected most dramatically, about how to talk about moving to a retirement home:
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When it comes to making a long-term plan for how and where to live as we age, you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t see the value in thinking through such an important issue. But according to a survey from The Conversation Project, while ninety percent of Americans say that talking to loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only twenty-seven percent have actually done it. Indeed – no one likes to think about not being able to live the way they want, but the reality is, people who take the time to make a long-term plan are less likely to die in a hospital or burden relatives with tough medical decisions. In the end, while starting discussion of long term care planning may be difficult, the relief you’ll feel when it’s finished will free you up to enjoy the years ahead.
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You’re not a horrible person for needing a break from caregiving. What you’re doing is hard. You should take a break. You need time to rest, relax and rejuvenate yourself so that you can come back to caregiving with energy and a healthy mindset. You’ll be better for it – and that means your parent will be, too.
So go ahead, start planning a vacation, stay-cation, retreat or weekend getaway. Here’s what you need to know about finding respite care so you can take that pause, guilt-free.
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Most older adults know a day will come when it’s time to downsize. Some people dread it. Others take it in stride as a necessary step to the lifestyle they want. Whichever way you look at it, downsizing — or rightsizing your life — can tug at your heartstrings and play with your emotions. To help you get through it without feeling overwhelmed, CLICK HERE for some tips for dealing with the emotions of downsizing.
What is respite care?
Respite care provides caregivers with a well-deserved break from their daily caregiving duties while providing their loved one with the assistance and care they need. Respite care can range from a few hours in a day to overnight to as long as several days.
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Predicting the future has always been a risky business. Ancient oracles whose predictions turned out to be false didn’t last long. TV meteorologists who forecast floods and snow days that never happen see their ratings fall. So while we’ve identified four senior living trends for 2021 and beyond, don’t throw us into a volcano if they don’t all pan out. After all, no one saw the pandemic coming. But how the senior living industry has responded to it has helped bring the future of senior living into focus. Let’s take a closer look.
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Don’t let uncertain times stop your search for assisted living.
If you or someone in your family is considering an assisted living apartment or assisted living facility — you shouldn’t allow uncertainty to slow or stop your efforts to choose the best assisted living community. Why? For one thing, the clock is ticking on preserving your independence. Typically, the best assisted living communities have a waiting list for their assisted living homes and apartments. The average wait time is 6 months. And with the options of virtual tours and virtual visits available to you now, there’s no reason to let precious time slip away without making progress on your search.
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