Aging can be tough — not just for a senior, but for those who love them. You may watch the parent you once saw as omnipotent lose some of their abilities, become more vulnerable, and struggle with their own mortality. Though every family is different, many encounter similar challenges as they navigate the aging journey. Here are five pieces of advice from The Arbor Company’s aging experts.
Information regarding the COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is everywhere, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or confused. However, one thing is certain: The risk of developing severe and dangerous complications due to the virus increases with age. This means that senior care and senior living professionals have been paying especially close attention to the science and research surrounding COVID-19.
Think you know assisted living? Think again. Many seniors spent some portion of their childhood visiting grandparents and other relatives in nursing homes. This has colored their opinion of senior living, and stoked plenty of fear about being “sent away to a home.” But today’s assisted living communities are nothing like those of the past. Instead, they cater to active, independent seniors who crave adventure and meaning. Forget about the myths you’ve heard. Check out these surprising assisted living facts.
Although cancer, heart attacks, and strokes are more common and kill far more people, dementia remains America’s most feared illness. Our memories make us who we are, and losing them is terrifying. But dementia is a slow, progressive illness. Many people live for many years before it affects their ability to function. But even when it does, you are still you. You’ll have good days and bad days, just like always. Building a support network now can help prepare you for what’s ahead. Here’s how to do it.
If you have merely thought of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper lately,
you have undoubtedly seen tons of stories about COVID-19, the viral disease also known as the “novel coronavirus.” If you’re like me, these stories have quickly caused you to think about your family and loved ones and how this coronavirus might impact you.
Do you have a basement full of boxes or bins, stuffed with mementos from the past? You aren’t alone. Adults of all ages struggle with knowing what to keep and what to pitch from their own childhood, as well as from their time as a parent. If you’ve ever wondered whether you can finally toss those books your now-grown child loved when they were a toddler, here are a few tips for discerning what to treasure and what to let go.
Our memories make us who we are. They connect us to the past. They allow us to draw on our history with loved ones to connect to them even after they are gone. This is why dementia is so scary. Seniors with dementia envision a life in which they are progressively robbed of all that matters, all that has defined their lives.
Congratulations! You’ve decided that independent living offers a retirement lifestyle that suits your active days and your wellness goals. As your move draws closer, you may be feeling a mix of emotions. Certainly, you’re excited about what’s to come and the investment you’re making in your health. You may also be feeling a bit nervous, wondering how you will connect with your new neighbors.
When you arrive at your new independent living community, you’ll be greeted with a multitude of opportunities to get to know your peers. After all, making friends is one of the main benefits of living in a senior community. Even if you’re feeling anxious or shy, we’ve got all the tips on how to make yourself at home and find plenty of new friends along the way.
More than 40 percent of seniors report regularly experiencing loneliness. Arbor’s senior living communities offer an antidote to loneliness, gently supporting seniors and providing them with a wide range of activities that nurture their bodies and minds. One of the ways we accomplish this task is through our volunteer program. We pair seniors with friends in the community who can share their interests and offer companionship. Here’s what you need to know about the volunteer opportunities available at our senior living communities.