8 Surprising Facts About Senior Living
Healthcare, medical technologies and scientific research has improved so much over the past decade that the elderly are now not only living longer, but also leading a more active lifestyle.
In fact, the population of seniors older than 85 is expected to rise threefold by 2040.
There are quite a few other facts about senior living that you might be surprised to know, including:
Avoiding The Talk
Approximately 90 percent of individuals surveyed by Genworth Financial have not discussed critical long-term care issues with their family members. Half of the participants listed not being wanting to be a burden as the biggest factor for avoidance.
Assisted Living – Not Only for the Sick and Frail
There’s a presumption that assisted living is for those seniors who cannot care for themselves. But actually, it provides the community with what it needs and gives them freedom, too.
Seniors can expand their social circles with others, and they get help to go out for medical appointments, classes, volunteering activities and much more.
Similar to assisted living, most of us would picture senior homes as sterile, bland places that feel like a clinic. That, too, is not the case.
Senior homes still feature the facilities that personal homes would have. Kitchens, private bathrooms and personal rooms ensure that they can still live comfortably.
Living in their own homes is often not as feasible as many seniors thing it will be. Maintenance costs, repair costs and the effort of keeping up a home is both physically and financially demanding.
As it turns out, about 93 percent of seniors report feeling safe and happy in their communities. Without a need to keep up their own homes, they have more time to socialise, tend to their hobbies and so forth.
While healthcare management is getting better, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other similar diagnoses are still persistent among the senior population.
Now, plenty of assisted living facilities offer memory care to cater to this group. The programs feature specially-trained staff to take care of the affected seniors and prevent them from harming themselves.
Some assisted living facilities offer double occupancy units that allows loved ones to stay together even after being removed from their homes.
Married couples loved can be placed in these units, but the cost for such units could differ between states and regions.
Senior living has proven to correlate with a lower risk for high blood pressure, heart diseases, cognitive impairment and perhaps even a longer lifespan.
In fact, social isolation and loneliness among the elderly make a greater negative impact than health issues like obesity. This alone speaks volumes about the importance of an active senior lifestyle.
Man’s Best Friends
If seniors have their own pets, they often can be allowed to bring them along to assisted-living communities. Usually, rules limit the weight of these pets to about 10 kilograms and less, and there could be breed specifications for dogs.
Many elderly care facilities have their own pet coordinators, and you might see an array of birds, fish, dogs and cats in these centres.
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