Living paycheck to paycheck is a struggle that so many of us regularly deal with.
But when the only paycheck you’re living off of comes from monthly Social Security benefits, that struggle can become almost unmanageable depending on where you live.
Knowing how to visit someone in a nursing home or assisted living isn’t always easy. Some people make brief, stiff visits. Others just don’t visit because they want to avoid awkward moments.
Retirement is an exciting time for us, independent adults with its endless possibilities for travel, entertainment and new friendships. But when it comes time to decide where to live during those later years, it’s important to take all options into consideration.
The other day, I was having a conversation with “Emily,” a Sixty and Me member, about the elder care decisions that her family was facing. Emily, in her 60s, was starting to realize that her mom, in her 80s, might need to move into an assisted living facility or nursing home soon.
In recent years, there has been a growing consensus among assisted living facility leaders that nostalgia can be a powerful tool to help Alzheimer’s patients to reconnect with their lost memories. In other words, by using familiar images, sounds, places and even smells, family members and caregivers may be able to improve the lives of the people they care about most.
Let’s be honest. Very few of us like the idea of living in an assisted living facility.
Setting aside the small imperfections of everyday life, we love our homes. They are comfortable, familiar and close to the entertainment options that we enjoy.
Whether we are in our 60s, 70s or beyond, we also want to maintain our sense of independence. After all, we’ve done a pretty good job of looking after ourselves so far, thank you very much.
Helping your mom or dad to move into a senior care facility can be a stressful, chaotic process. Not only do you have the usual stress that comes with any move, but, you may also have to deal with your loved one’s emotional reaction to being asked to move to a new home.
Moving one or both parents to a senior care facility is an emotional decision for everyone involved. The person moving may feel sad that they are leaving their home behind. They may also feel frustrated that they are being asked to give up some of their independence.
Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community, based in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is located 10 minutes from Interstate 85. From the facility, the Capital City Country Club is a short drive away and the Piedmont Hospital is reachable in 15 minutes.