Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
When it’s time to move to a senior living community, there are a lot of emotions involved. This can be a difficult change in a senior’s life, and the lives of their family members. Adult children may be nervous about suggesting the move to their parents, and senior parents may feel they don’t need to move, or they may think it’s a hassle.
These feelings are natural, and as a senior getting ready to make the transition, it’s important to understand how they can be managed.
Address any key issues you may be having, such as mobility issues, health issues, or difficulty with everyday activities. Listen and respect what your family members and loved ones believe is best for you and have an open dialogue for the greatest outcomes.
You’ve probably been living in your house for a number of years. Set aside some time to truly enjoy your home, whether that means having friends over for dinner, or spending an afternoon in the garden. Create some memories to take with you to your new home.
When you get to your new home, fill the space with items old and new. Make plans to decorate the new apartment with cherished objects from your current home, but also mix in a few new items as well. New items can be a reminder that the new home has the potential for new, exciting experiences.
Now that you have a new home, it’s time to invite people to visit! Plan ahead with family and friends and get them to visit regularly to make your transition smooth. If you’re used to a certain activity, such as a weekly lunch with a family member, try to stick to that routine. Find balance with your time so you can enjoy visitors in addition to socializing with new friends at the senior community.
Continue to talk with your family members and be open to encouragement from them about engaging in social opportunities at the community. Activities and events can vary from one community to another. For instance, Traditions of Hanover in Bethlehem offers an energetic social calendar, movie theater, game room, and more! Speak with staff members regularly to stay current on how your loved one is adjusting to their new home.
Check your local senior community to see what their senior living options are and the services provided and find out how you can get assistance with planning or moving so you can live life to the fullest in your senior years!