Housing Options for Aging Gracefully

Continuing care retirement communities

Key Takeaways

  • Most elderly folks want to remain independent and stay in their homes as long as possible.
  • Continuing care retirement communities are spreading rapidly as they extend an elderly person’s sense of independence within a safe, secure environment.
  • Continuing care retirement communities offer a wide variety of activities, services and care levels.
  • However, such facilities won’t take new residents once a person’s mental or physical state has deteriorated past a certain point—so it’s not a decision your family can delay indefinitely.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Key Takeaways

  • Research shows that loss of independence is the single greatest fear among the elderly.
  • “Staying put” enhances the elderly’s independence and is less expensive than a nursing home or retirement community—but the whole family must be part of regular monitoring and care.
  • Loneliness can hasten the likelihood of serious illness, disability or even death. Staying connected to family, friends and the community is essential for longevity.

Family Conversations About Aging Gracefully

Keys to success

Key Takeaways 

  • Respect the fact that elders want to stay in their homes and maintain their sense of independence as long as possible.
  • It’s essential for every member of the family to be clear about roles and responsibilities as you make the transition to eldercare.
  • Make sure your family has a plan in place before sitting down with an elderly parent or parents.