Which is better for your parents as they retire, home or independent living?

Though leaving home is painful for everyone, for many reasons, moving to a senior living community may be the best option. One of the main reasons is that seniors don't want to be a burden on their family. Statistics says 7 out of 10 U.S. seniors aged above 65 will need long-term care. But this is not the greatest fear among elderly people. According to some studies, seniors are far more concerned about becoming a burden on the family than developing health problems or diseases.

Moving to a senior living community is especially important if your loved one is alone in the home. Here are the main risks of elderly people living alone:

Social Isolation and Loneliness

Social isolation is the state of lack of contact between an individual and society. This may lead to feelings of low self-worth, loneliness, anxiety, depression and more. Social isolation can cause both physical and mental health problems. It can substantially reduce the lifespan of your loved one by putting them at the risk of developing health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cognitive deterioration, and infectious illness. It is important to note that one may still develop physical and mental problems associated with social isolation even if he or she does not feel lonely.

Depression

Social isolation could eventually result in depression. However, it may be caused by several other factors as well. If your senior family member shows a loss of interest, energy, concentration, or appetite, it could be due to depression. These symptoms often go unchecked when someone lives alone. Moving to a senior living community can be a great solution for these issues.

Higher Anxiety

In general, anxiety is caused by feeling unsafe. When someone lives alone, they don't have anyone to communicate with on a regular basis. This can put them at the risk of contracting anxiety disorders such as insomnia, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, numbness (in feet and hands), and muscle tension.

Lack of Assistance in an Emergency

The risk of falls and traumatic injuries increases substantially after the age of 65. Studies say falls are the leading cause of deaths and morbidity among the elderly. When someone lives alone in a home, there won't be anyone to help them in the event of a fall or a medical emergency. Your loved one may find themselves stuck in an absolutely helpless situation for hours or even days if they are living alone. It is better to move them to a good senior living community.

Malnutrition

Seniors who live alone are at the highest risk of malnutrition. Maintaining a healthy and nutrient-dense diet is vitally important for seniors. Malnutrition can be a result of nutritional ignorance or a sign of anxiety, depression or poverty. Senior living communities have innovative approaches to food and dining. The residents can enjoy healthy and nutrition-rich meals which can have many positive effects on their health.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 10/16/2017
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