One of the most challenging facets of life is how quickly things change as a person ages. The time spent building a life, working hard, and raising a family seems to pass in an instant. Once the kids move out and start families of their own, a beautiful home can become an empty place.
This can leave seniors isolated, especially if/when a spouse passes away. They’ve lived in their home for decades, raised families, enjoyed numerous holiday dinners, but as age continues to creep in, it’s often no longer feasible to stay in that home. Stairs become difficult and even dangerous. A single fall for these individuals can be deadly.
It’s only natural for seniors to want to keep their sense of independence, which is why they resist the idea of living in a senior community. Change is difficult, especially when they’ve lived in one place for so long. But, as time goes on, isolation becomes too much, and it can become a significant burden to their health and frame of mind.
Taking Health into Consideration
Often, it can be quite difficult for any strong, independent person to admit they struggle with the consequences of aging. Bones and muscles get weaker, eyesight gets worse, and the simplest tasks can become increasingly difficult to accomplish.
Many elderly patients who fall and become injured battle with the complications for the rest of their lives. For many seniors, the risk is too great NOT to seek help and move to a new home where they have the support they need.
Why Seniors Should Consider Senior Living
One of the main reasons why seniors do not want to move has to do with independence. Owning a home and living life on their terms is what they are accustom to.
When it comes to senior living, there is no real loss of independence. A person can still live as privately and as independently as desired. The only difference is the abundant opportunities that come with senior living that make life a bit easier than they would be living on one’s own.
Here are a few things to consider:
1) Home ownership is difficult. It’s one thing to be wholly able-bodied and able to take care of the many requirements and chores that come with owning a home. Repairs, yard work, restorations, cooking, cleaning, and everything else that is a part of home ownership becomes drastically more difficult with age. In the senior living community, it’s no longer a concern.
2) Companionship. Another incredibly tricky circumstance presented with age is the empty nesting. The kids have long moved out and started families of their own. They may live across town or the country. Many seniors have lost a spouse or friends who may have passed on.
Senior living centers have recreation, games, theme nights, outings, and many other opportunities to meet and fellowship with other seniors their age. It is also not uncommon for a single widow who wishes to marry again to meet someone at a senior living center.
3) Family Relationships. When you add the pressure and frustration that comes with older children having to care for their kids, as well as the needs of an aging parent, it can strain relationships, cause burdens, and make privacy a bit more challenging. Even in the most loving families, caregiving can cause strained relationships.
Senior living centers are employed by trained professionals who will take care of all a person’s needs; someone who can help manage affairs, make it to doctor appointments on time, and ensure a person’s health is in order. Most provide free transportation.
These are only a few of the many benefits of moving into senior living. Humans were never meant to be alone. Studies reveal that seniors who have access to regular care and don’t spend all their time alone are happier and live longer than seniors who don’t. We all want to live a long, happy life, and senior living is ready to help you do just that.
This guest post was written by Ryan Jackson, the Marketing Director for Landmark Senior Living. He graduated from Arizona State University where he found his passion for helping people and his love for marketing. Ryan also enjoys playing golf, reading blogs, and anything that has to do with marketing.