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The “Right” Place to Age!
By: Dr. Diane Darby Beach, Gerontologist
As a senior, you may be thinking about community living, but wonder if you are really “ready?” Once most seniors move into these types of communities, they say “we should have done it sooner!” Here are some of the benefits of community living and how you will enjoy this environment earlier, rather than later:
Regularly Scheduled Social Activities: These communities provide an ongoing schedule of activities for their residents such as exercise and art classes, movie nights, trips to local venues and museums. These communities make it easy to keep busy and stay active.
Opportunities to Create New Connections: One big side effect of remaining in your home is the risk of increased of loneliness which is a big risk factor for anxiety, depression and other problems such an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure. In these communities, you have the chance to make new friendships every day.
Better Access to HealthCare: These communities generally have nursing personnel on staff and provide 24/7 access to caregiving help. As such, many unnecessary trips to the hospital or urgent care are avoided.
Provision of Chores, Home Maintenance, and Meals: When you live in alone at home, there’s always something more that needs to be done. This may become taxing over time and make you a “fall risk.” When you move to community living, however, all of that work gets accomplished by the staff.
Safety and Security: In a community living environment, there is security provided both inside and outside. In addition, if you do take a fall or have another safety issue, staff are available 24/7.
Privacy and Independence: Many times, seniors think they will no longer have autonomy and privacy in a community living setting. On the contrary, independence and privacy are assured. You may come and go as you please and your privacy is of utmost importance. Assistance is provided when needed or requested.