It’s hard not to relate the new year with aging another year. No matter how far away your next birthday is, it will come in a matter of weeks or months. Along with that thought is the thinking that you’re one year closer to being tied down by age. While you can’t escape your age, you can deal with it in a way that’s still fun.
Many consider moving to assisted living for several reasons. These could be some of yours.
Senior living facilities in Ogden know that as you reach retirement age, physical changes make some of the essential home-keeping tasks hard to do. Mowing the lawn or cleaning the house used to be part of your weekly routine, but now they are a nightmare to finish.
In assisted living, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning up after yourself. And no, that doesn’t sound privileged at all; it can be essential when you’re having moments of not remembering if you washed the dishes or if you took a bath. Having someone to assist with your daily routine helps you keep a regular schedule.
Cooking is another problem for seniors living at home. You may know a lot of recipes, but ingredients won’t magically appear in your fridge. Shopping for groceries means walking or driving–further tasks that are hard to accomplish as you grow old–and you also have to carry everything back home. Younger generations can have groceries delivered to their doorstep, and if you have someone who can teach you how that works, that would be good. However, there’s also the actual cooking process.
It’s a risk to be in the kitchen where a stove, knife or hot handles may cause an accident. Spill water on the floor and you may also slip. And what if you can’t remember the recipe itself? When you live in an assisted facility, meals are prepared according to your nutritional requirements. That means they consider your required dietary intake and restrictions, as their goal is to keep you healthy and nourished. All while you don’t have to do anything.
Your children may have moved away, and you don’t get to see them as often as you’d like. Your partner may have passed on. Your friends may not want to meet outside their own house, and you don’t want to do all the heavy lifting just to keep the friendship alive. This doesn’t mean you have to live in solitude.
Seniors also need social engagement, which is why a senior facility schedules events to give you those opportunities. They also match you up with people you have similarities with, so you’ll have friends as soon as you move in. Social interaction helps you acclimatize to the place and become a happy and engaged part of the community.
What if growing old doesn’t mean living a difficult life? That could be waiting for you if you make up your mind about the move. Talk to your family or friends who are in the same situation so you can decide without any regrets.