When you receive the news that a parent or family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can feel earth-shattering. With all the feelings, questions, and emotions running through your head, you might be completely overwhelmed and unsure how to cope.
Did you know there are approximately 24,500 senior housing and care properties in the United States? And within these housing options, there are even more types of care and living options available. With all these choices, it can be daunting and confusing to choose the right community and care for yourself or a family member, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the senior living industry.
If you’ve ever seen an advertisement in a health magazine or on TV, you’re familiar with some of the popular “fad” diets. Like the Atkins diet or the HCG diet, these diets promise noticeable results in a short period of time. And while these trendy diets may cause some people to shed pounds quickly, they do not help sustain long-term nutrition, don’t encourage healthy aging, and can sometimes be downright dangerous.
If you’re familiar at all with senior health and wellness, you’ll know that—in addition to a good diet—physical activity and mental stimulation are two of the top-recommended practices to enhance longevity and overall wellness. What you may not know, though, is that the two are heavily intertwined.
People consider senior living for various reasons. Whether it’s due to a health condition that requires daily support or the want to lead a maintenance-free lifestyle, senior living communities enhance the lives of their residents.
Moving is never fun or easy, especially if moving from a longtime home to a new and unfamiliar place like a senior living community. This transition is even harder for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, moving into a memory care community. While this is often the best place possible for these individuals, the transition can be challenging and distressing.
Many older adults live in the same house where they raised their family. While this can be a cherished and sentimental home, many people begin to realize that it’s no longer the most convenient living situation if the kids have all moved out. There might be three or four bedrooms that lay unused, excess space that needs to be heated and cooled, and endless clutter filling the rooms. As cherished as this house is, it’s most likely much larger than you need and potentially causing unwanted stress and effort.
From the first emergence of the coronavirus in the United States, HarborChase Senior Living communities have prioritized the health and safety of our residents, families, and associates. We know that 2020 was a stressful year full of fears, questions, and uncertainties, and we’ve done our best to face these challenges together to ensure safety and peace of mind for all involved.
As the population ages, more and more individuals are moving out of their homes and taking advantage of all the opportunities available to improve their quality of life, including assisted living communities. Today, more than 800,000 Americans live in some type of assisted living community, and this number is only expected to grow.