This blog was published on February 4, 2016 and updated on January 9, 2020.
Assisted living is the ideal retirement strategy for many seniors. These supportive communities can preserve seniors’ independence by offering them the help they need in a safe setting. For seniors who live alone or no longer drive, the rich variety of activities in assisted living can offer a new lease on life, with infinite possibilities for new friendships, new hobbies, and getting (or staying) active. Many seniors are happier in senior living, and some report that the transition to senior living is the best decision they ever made.
If you’re having a hard time deciding whether assisted living or independent living is the best option for you, you’re not alone. Weighing senior living options can be confusing and downright overwhelming.
If your parent is having a procedure that proves to be too difficult for her to recover at her own home, or if she simply cannot live safely at home alone any longer, you may find yourself preparing for her to move into your home. Chances are, you are feeling nervous and worried. You may be feeling excited to have her near. You may also be angry or upset that this move is happening. While you work through your emotions, you must also focus on how to make your home work for your mom and for your family throughout this new living situation. Make the move and subsequent months a bit more bearable by preparing ahead of time.
Despite the USA being such a wealthy country, malnutrition is a fact of life for some seniors, who may be on medications that cause nausea or lack of appetite, or have conditions that impact their ability to eat certain foods. Providing a nutrient-rich diet is actually one of the key ways to boost the health and well-being of an older adult. Seniors who eat healthy diets can lower high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and anemia. Making sure that seniors eat well can be a bit of a tricky business though, as they generally need fewer calories than younger adults but the same amount of nutrients, if not more.