A New Look to Aging in Place – Part 2

October 19, 2015

This is the second in a three-part series dedicated to helping older adults make important decisions for a happy, secure and fulfilling life.

The first set of key factors in this three-part series, which focuses on evaluating important life decisions, was discussed previously in Part 1. Many people may not give much thought to where they want to live out their later years. After all there is scientific proof that life gets better as you age. However, as discussed in the previous article, certain tasks can become challenging, and health changes, often without warning. It is always best to consider your options and plan for the future you envision.

Here is the next set of factors to consider when making important decision about where to live later in life:
1. Memory Changes

Misplacing keys or forgetting an occasional appointment is something we’ve all done without much concern, but what happens when it begins to interfere with basic wellness and safety? Although the familiarity of our current home is comforting, one of the biggest concerns when planning where to live later in life is deciding whether to stay or go. Round-the-clock healthcare services, such as those available at The Merion in Evanston, are flexible and determined by each resident’s individual needs. Wellness amenities at The Merion range from basic wellness checks and medication reminders to screening and treatment from medical professionals, such as podiatrists, audiologists, dentists, and more, to Medicare-covered nursing visits that come to you. These options provide great peace of mind for residents and their families, and frees up time to enjoy the important things in life now!

2. Security

In 1965 Bob Dylan sang, “for the times they are a-changin’,” referring to the age-old generational paradigm. Over the past fifty years times really have changed, especially technological advances in communication and medicine. Unfortunately, this progress has also given way to more advanced methods of crime and fraud, and often times older adults fall victim. Living in a community where on-site management and security is available 24/7 provides residents and their families with constant reassurance and comfort.

3. Social Life and Companionship

There is a lot of research lately that highlights the importance of social connections as we age. Whether it’s being part of a group or club, getting together frequently with friends or just getting out and catching up with neighbors, we all need that social interaction in our lives. But what happens when mobility issues threaten everyday routines? Health issues, such as sickness or injury, can disrupt our well-being and often lead to isolation. One benefit to living in a senior community is that it provides the best of both worlds. Residents can choose to be as social as they wish, but also have their own home to go back to when solitude is needed. In addition, typical routines and amenities are available to you, even if you’re under the weather or have injured yourself, and friends and neighbors don’t have to travel far to visit!

Stay tuned for A New Look at Aging in Place – Part 3