Moving into an assisted living community is an exciting adventure. However, you may feel overwhelmed as you attempt to pack what you need for your new apartment. When it comes to smaller items, you always have the opportunity to re-evaluate your list as the move begins. With larger items, such as furniture, a more methodical approach is best. This attention to detail before the move ensures you aren’t stuck in a new apartment cluttered with too-big furniture pieces.
As few as 44 percent of Americans have a will, and just 68 percent of seniors older than 65 one have a will, a Gallup poll found. Whether it’s because of a lack of time, lack of money, or the belief that things will sort themselves out, the vast majority of older Americans have not taken all legal planning steps that are needed. In fact, many haven’t even completed the first step: gather important legal documents.
Organizing estate planning, medical, and financial legal documents is an easy way to ensure that you or your loved one’s wishes are honored, and that surviving family members won’t be left with hefty legal bills and disputes to untangle.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful time not only to celebrate the influential women in your life, but also to gather the family for a day of connection and shared experience. Celebrating this holiday can be—and should be—a whole family affair, with everyone feeling included and capable of sharing time together.
If you find yourself coordinating a family celebration for your aging loved one, your children, and even your grandchildren, you may feel stumped when trying to find an activity you can all participate in together. In the hopes of inspiring your best Mother’s Day celebration yet, here are a few ideas to get your planning started.
Have you decided that it’s time to start thinking seriously about moving to a senior living facility?
Many seniors admit that one of the main reasons they put off exploring senior living options is the price tag. However, if you know deep down that you’re ready for senior living, you should seriously consider moving and start exploring the options available to you.
Unfortunately, financial concerns lead to lengthy delays in seniors receiving the care, accommodations, and engagement that they so badly need. But there are many options and resources available to help pay for senior living—some that you might not be aware of.
Is there anything better than the spring season? There is certainly much to be said about a season that beckons us all outside to enjoy warmer temperatures and take big breaths of fresh air that smells like rain. Colorful flowers push up from the dirt, and everyone has an innate desire to throw open the windows to clear out any stale air left over from winter.
Since spring does encourage more outdoor activity, in temperatures that are reminiscent of Goldilocks—not too hot, not too cold—most people dust off their jackets and tennis shoes to head outside. This year, consider grabbing your gardening gloves and tools. Not only will you enjoy the time gardening, you will be able to reap some mental and emotional benefits as well.
Moving to a senior community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is often considered healthy aging by most Americans. Many seniors and their family members try to stay at home for as long as they can, even while fighting with chronic medical conditions, loneliness, and memory loss. This desire to stay at home can often lead to unhealthy and isolated living conditions, which isn’t healthy aging at all.
Spring is approaching. Birds are chirping, and colorful flowers are pushing up from the ground. As you throw open your windows and begin your usual spring cleaning routine, consider starting the downsizing process. Although downsizing your family home into a more manageable (and engaging) senior living community apartment can seem overwhelming and emotional, following a reasonable timeline and set of tasks can keep you on target for achieving your upcoming move.
Today, older adults are often just as tech-savvy as their younger peers. This ability to download apps and interact successfully with technology, when paired with technological advancements that directly benefit older adults, means that seniors can find apps or online programs for a variety of needs. From medication administration assistance to fall prevention technology to cognitive exercise, technology has stepped into the spotlight for older adults.
Technology offers a variety of options for today’s older adult, including plenty of ways to exercise the brain. Check out just a few of our favorite apps that will give your brain a workout.
Did you make a resolution to be more active in 2017? If you did, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with your goals. Depending on your geographic location, chilly weather and dangerous road conditions might be keeping you indoors, or you might just be feeling less than motivated to get up and be active now that the New Year energy has waned.
In the hopes of increasing your motivation to participate in more senior activities all year round, here is a list of four benefits of staying active in your senior years. You might be surprised to see how a little activity can positively affect many facets of your life and health. Here’s to getting involved with senior activities that you love—and new ones to appreciate—this year.