From the time you took your first step, you understood what independence could feel like. Independence in each stage of life has a different meaning. When you were small, it meant having the freedom to choose your outfits; as a teenager, it meant getting your driver’s license and taking control of your future. Independence now may mean being able to take care of yourself, your home, and having the freedom to make decisions about your life. Whatever stage of life we are in, we all crave an aspect of independence. It is because of this desire that many become reluctant to consider senior living options.
However, to stay as independent as possible, you may need to accept additional support and assistance. WellAge Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities throughout Colorado, Nevada, and Oklahoma. We understand the importance of maintaining independence. To help you through this transition, we are sharing a few things you may have said to yourself that could answer the question, “Should I consider senior living?”
“My health needs have changed.”
According to AARP, “today more than 70 million Americans ages 50 and older – four out of five older adults – [live with] at least one chronic condition.” Whether you are living with a chronic medical condition or not, the risk of developing one greatly increases with age.
Beyond a medical condition, maybe your mobility needs have changed, including walking or driving. These changes can impact your ability to handle the responsibilities of a house or daily living.
Changes in health can potentially lead to accidents like falls or other medical emergencies. Assisted living communities remove the hassle of taking care of a home while offering personalized care and support, depending on the residents’ needs.
If you have noticed changes in your health needs or abilities, senior living can help you remain safe, healthy, and, most importantly, independent.
“I wish I had a social circle.”
Once we leave school or retire from the workforce, our avenues for meeting new people become more limited. This lack of social engagement can lead to feelings of isolation, which can have adverse impacts on mental health and wellness.
We all need companionship and to feel a sense of purpose; a healthy social life can help with this. If you find yourself wishing you had a [larger] social circle, senior living could be the ideal solution.
In addition to the care and support they offer, senior living communities, like WellAge Senior Living in Colorado, Nevada, and Oklahoma, provide a sense of community that encourages individuals to interact with one another and participate in activities and events. This community setting allows residents to socialize with peers and neighbors and form close relationships and bonds in a safe and convenient way.
“I could use some help with day-to-day tasks.”
Similar to changes in health, noticing that you could benefit from assistance with daily activities could be a reason to consider senior living. Beyond needing assistance, perhaps you simply no longer want to deal with the responsibilities of maintaining a house, or you recognize that you could benefit from a more balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
Independent living and assisted living communities in Colorado and throughout the country can help you achieve these goals. Senior living communities help to alleviate the stressors of daily living and home maintenance, offer necessary care and support, promote healthy and active lifestyles, and foster an environment of engagement and independence.
The decision to move into a senior living community can be challenging, and every person’s “right time” looks different. However, if you feel unsatisfied in your social life or recognize that you could use additional support, senior living can allow you to Live Well and Age Well.
The services offered at WellAge Senior Living communities are designed to encourage independence while providing assistance in the areas a resident needs it. Our compassionate, personalized care and amenities help residents take care of everyday tasks while giving them the freedom to enjoy their days and continue life’s best experiences.