Retirement Living Options

Retirement living options

Consider all of the Retirement Living Options.

When thinking about a retirement community there are many things to consider, and there are several types of retirement living options depending on where you are in life.

Active Adult Communities

If you want to live completely independently, there are active adult communities that offer an active lifestyle for people age 55 and better.  At these communities, you either buy or rent your home and activities are usually provided by the homeowners association. These communities do not offer any type of care.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

If you want to live completely independently, but you are also thinking about your future care needs, you could move into a CCRC – a Continuing Care Retirement Community.  These communities offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing.  As your needs increase, you can stay in the community with more care provided to you. The component that sets CCRCs apart from other types of retirement communities is skilled nursing.  If the community does not offer 24-hour skilled nursing, then it is not a CCRC.  The beauty of moving into a CCRC is that if you need more care, you don’t have to uproot and move to a new community.  You can still see your friends, participate in activities and enjoy your familiar surroundings, you will just be provided more care either in your same apartment or in an apartment that is licensed for more care.  Another positive aspect of a CCRC is that if your spouse needs more care, especially memory care or skilled nursing, it can be provided at the community.  Your spouse may need to move into the skilled nursing or memory care part of that building or campus, but you are still able to see each other, have meals together and so on. Continue reading

Home Improvements To Help You Care For Someone With Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease requires home modifications.

Deciding to take in a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease was not an easy decision. Now that the senior will soon be living with you, there are a few home improvements you should make. These can help the senior and your entire family feel safer and more comfortable.

Before you can start making any changes, however, it pays to know more about how Alzheimer’s can complicate things.

Problems With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological condition that tends to affect the elderly. The National Institute on Aging explains that it damages the brain, making it harder to remember correctly and think clearly. Eventually, this can lead to problems with motor functions and mental conditions like paranoia and hallucinations. In the beginning stages, your loved one will still be able to carry out basic tasks, but as the disease progresses, the memory loss becomes prominent (and dangerous), and is accompanied by other notable signs and symptoms such as confusion, inability to recognize familiar faces and places, and notable personality and behavioral changes.

Many seniors with Alzheimer’s cannot live on their own, especially once they have progressed past the mild stage of the disease. They have trouble concentrating and remembering, which can be very dangerous when the senior tries cooking meals or driving to the store. As the disease impacts the brain, balance, and coordination are affected. A senior with Alzheimer’s can find themselves dropping things and falling more often. Some can even forget where they live and wander off, unable to return home. Continue reading

Resource Directory Informs Consumers

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Upside of Downsizing provides free resource connections.

Folks in the process of downsizing or making other important decisions can access a wealth of free information about services and products in Upside of Downsizing’s online Resource Directory. Also, those who are helping their parents or clients will find the directory extremely useful.

The directory serves individuals 50 or older, married or single. It includes a variety of national services and products in a friendly, easy-to-navigate format that never goes into sleep mode; users access it 24/7.

“Improving the quality of life without the right tools for the job is like a fish trying to swim out of water,” says Mary Spann, Upside of Downsizing founder and president. “At Upside of Downsizing, we provide helpful ideas and insight about achieving a happy and healthy life balance, which includes connecting people with reputable professionals who can guide them on their journey.” Continue reading

Ensuring Safety In Your Senior Years

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Downsizing Considerations for Over 50’s.

Downsizing to a more manageable and intimate sized property is something well worth doing as you pass the age of 50. Having fewer rooms to look after, less space to keep tidy and to craft into an image befitting what you’d like from your home, it can make retirement more relaxed. To add to that, with support for seniors across the USA well established, you can be sure that you have all the resources in place to enjoy life at home.

However, support isn’t available 24/7. As a senior, it becomes wise to plan for situations that often occur to those as they head past their 65th year. These considerations come from a wide range of sources; you can improve safety when driving, when you’re traveling, and during everyday tasks. This philosophy should be no different in the home and your house should be comforting, safe and relaxing. There are a few adjustments you can do to your home in order to make it suitable and secure for when you are in your senior years.

Connectivity and Support

One of the key downsizing considerations for seniors in terms of their health is the ability to receive support. Unfortunately, many homes don’t plan for mobility challenges, and as a result trips and falls are dangerous for seniors. The key here is to ensure that if the worst does happen, you are able to contact others for help – whether automated or from an easily accessible point that can be quickly activated. Continue reading

For the love of a golden doodle

A woman enjoying pet companionship

It’s time for a conversation about seniors and pet companionship.

Older people are “shacking up” with new partners and living happily ever after. Their “others” are always glad to see them, they don’t complain, and they don’t need computer time.  They’d rather take a walk.

Sad and lonely these new companions – animals — aren’t.  And it turns out to be mutual. Although no one suggests a Yucatan miniature pig as a pet, many seniors find happiness and added purpose by adopting a dog or cat.  Pet companionship fill a void for empty nesters, and they provide a constant in a world that is anything but constant.

“Animals have a true capacity to give love unconditionally. You’ve had a bad day? They seem to sense it and comfort you,” says Lori Davidson, co-founder of a pet sympathy gifting company and lifelong pet parent. “You’ve lost your temper when they chewed up a pair of your shoes and yelled at them? No problem, they forgive quickly and forget.” Continue reading

Celebrating Transition To Older Age

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One Day Your Youth Will Fade, Be Happy About It. 

It’s bound to be a wakeup call when you hear it for the first time:  “Do you get the senior discount?”

Life is full of “ah ha” moments, some good, some not so good. One of the hardest occurs when you suddenly realize people perceive you as old, even if you feel 30 inside. Store clerks start calling you “sweetie,” or ask how you like retirement.

Ok, so you’re over 55. Big deal. Oprah’s in her 60s and dogged by would-be presidential narratives. You’re never too old to thrive, so let’s delete the pity party to the outbox where it belongs. The transition to older age celebrates the next phase of life, and it’s a beautiful thing. No one says you have to write five volumes on the meaning of love to be valued. Continue reading