Caring for an aging loved one, such as a parent, can be difficult physically, mentally and emotionally. 37% of us over the age of 50 don’t want to believe we’ll ever need care, though reality shows that as many as 70% of us, twice that figure, will in fact require long-term care. This refusal to believe what is inevitable for many stems from a fear of burdening family. One study found that 55% of seniors said their greatest fear regarding aging was being a burden on their family. They even reported being five times more concerned about being a burden than dying.
Memory disorders, like dementia and alzheimers, are especially widespread throughout the senior population and can often require the most care. Alzheimer’s, for example, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but is the onl
When choosing a retirement community, it is important to schedule on-site visits and tours before making a final decision. Websites and brochures are useful, as they provide more technical information, but a guided tour will give you a better idea of what it would be like to actually live there. After assessing factors such as cost and other logistics, here are some simple questions to ask yourself when further considering living options.
- Do I like the atmosphere? This comes down gut feelings and first impressions while touring the senior assisted living facility. Consider whether you feel at home within the decor and around the various facilities.