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Dispelling the Most Common Fears Seniors Have About Senior Living

Moving to a carefree, vibrant lifestyle can be the best decision an older adult ever makes—but it can also bring up some apprehension about what lies ahead.
Two elder woman sitting at a table with coffee discussing common fears about senior living.

Common fears about senior living:

  • Loss of independence
  • Failing health, particularly memory
  • Having to leave your home
  • Losing loved ones
  • Having to depend on others
  • Not being able to drive
  • Being isolated and lonely
  • Falling or becoming incapacitated

Understandably, such fears about senior living could make you or your loved one reluctant to consider a new lifestyle. And it’s important to acknowledge these feelings, because they can be tied to strong emotions. But it’s also wise to consider what there is to look forward to in senior living: a whole new beginning of an easygoing, enriched life.

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Debunking fears about senior living: here’s what you can look forward to:

More freedom to do as you please

No longer tied to the daily chores and concerns of home maintenance, residents of senior living can fill their calendar as they choose. Enjoy a concert, exercise with a group, join friends on an outing, invite your grandchildren over, or take a wonderful afternoon snooze. You call the shots!

The benefits of easy access to care

Aging brings new challenges, which is why living in a wellness-oriented atmosphere can be so important for anyone over 55. Everything is geared for senior health: exercise programs, proper nutrition, wellness checks, and more. And being surrounded by senior living professionals means you’re always under a watchful eye who can spot changes in your health.

Plus, if you live in a community such as Avalon Independent Living, you have access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services, right in the comfort of your home.

No more worries of a home

It certainly can be an emotional experience to say goodbye to a home you have enjoyed for years, but if you’re honest, it may have become more of a burden. Upkeep, repairs, maintenance and more can wear you down and be quite expensive and exhausting. Living in a welcoming, happy ambiance of a senior living community can infuse you with energy every day. Good friends, fun activities, a focus on wellness, peace of mind…and you don’t have to do the windows or the dishes!

Emotional support from your peers

Loss is part of aging, whether it’s the loss of a spouse or close friends. It can be hard for an older person to share their feelings with younger family members who are busy with their own lives. In senior living, you are surrounded by others who have experienced their own losses and can be a great comfort. Friends in the same stage of life are wonderful to have around anytime, but in times of loss, they can be priceless.

The ease of scheduled transportation

Many seniors find they don’t enjoy being on the road anymore, especially at night. That often means missing the theater, dinner engagements, recitals, or even the grocery or pharmacy. With scheduled transportation, you can sit back and let someone else take you where you need to go, as well as join the group for special trips to favorite destinations. If you want to keep your car, you can do so. But just think how nice it would be to leave the driving to someone else!

Someone is close by if you need assistance

Few things are scarier than being at home alone and taking a fall or suffering an injury, but no one is there to help. Or the power is out, a storm is raging, and you can’t reach a family member or friend. All that disappears in senior living, where there’s always someone around If you need assistance, 24/7. Safety and wellness go hand in hand for healthy aging, and both are priorities in senior living.

Lonely no more!

Isolation is very bad for senior health, and one of the fears about senior living is being lonely. But in reality, moving to senior living opens up a whole new world of opportunities for companionship: clubs, meetings, lectures, concerts, parties, holiday events, volunteering, outings, and more. Even if you’re an introvert, you’ll appreciate knowing that when you’re in the mood for some good company, you’ll find it right where you live.

Don’t let fears about senior living stand in the way of your happiness

The unknown can be scary. But when you examine what is really waiting for you, you might be surprised at the many ways senior living can offer you a better quality of life. After all, this is your time to live better and live well. We’d love to show you how you can do more of that at Avalon Park!

The choiceless are endless at Avalon Park! Contact us today to set up your personalized tour. Learn how a move to senior living can give you the lifestyle you deserve  – download our guide, Choosing the Right Community.

Lisa Smith
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