Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, make up nearly 77 million people of the U.S. population. Of those boomers, nearly 10,000 of them turn 65 each day. With this surge of people experiencing or on the brink of retirement, the senior living industry is faced with producing more living and care options for seniors. However, this situation is less about where they will go and more about where they will experience the highest quality of life in their later years. A study conducted by AARP found that out of retiring baby boomers, nearly 77% of them want to stay living in their homes and communities as long as possible. But, this isn’t always the best option.
The buzz phrase, “aging in place” refers to adults who prefer to stay where they are, mostly living independently in their own homes, a lot of times alone or with their spouse. Aging in place comes with benefits, like the idea of staying independent, or avoiding the chaos of having to sell their homes and search for a senior living community. But, seniors who choose to move into assisted and independent living facilities show higher levels of happiness, and financial security, and experience more positive social interaction.
If you or a loved one are navigating the nuances of retirement, you might think twice about staying put. Here are a few benefits of spending your later years in a senior living community.
You can take the stress off your caregiver.
As we age, living completely independently gets extremely difficult. Daily tasks like getting dressed, driving, or handling medications can present challenges that weren’t always there in earlier years. These challenges are also exacerbated by illness, disease, or physical limitations which are hard to forecast when we’re young. Instead of relying on family members, a spouse, and paying for in-home care options, many assisted and independent living facilities provide caregivers to help with these tasks.
There are more opportunities for social interaction and intellectual stimulation.
Most independent and assisted living facilities offer a wide variety of activities that keep their residents active and socializing with others. Staying physically and socially active becomes extremely important as we age, and these facilities make it easy to participate. Happy hours, music and art experiences, and exercise classes are not uncommon occurrences for residents in senior living facilities.
It can help you save money.
In many ways, maintaining a home can be very costly, especially as we age. Things that could be done independently like mowing a lawn or fixing appliances usually have to be contracted out, which can add up quickly. Senior living facilities usually include housekeeping, food preparation, and maintenance in their monthly rent.
It can keep you healthier.
Many senior living facilities allow their residents the option to cook for themselves, while providing dining options for those who are unable or uninterested in cooking. These meals provide needed nutrients for healthy bones and immune systems.
At Carespring, we know moving into a senior living community can be really difficult. But, we believe retirement should be enjoyed, even in your later years.