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5 Ways to Help Seniors Put Together The Pieces of a Downsizing Move


5 Ways to Help Seniors Put Together The Pieces of a Downsizing Move


For many seniors, transitioning into their golden years means moving into a different home. That home could be a smaller house or even an assisted living community, but either way, many older adults can benefit from the help of family caregivers. So, if your senior parent or loved one is planning a major move, here are some ways you can make it easier.


Consider Assisted Living or Independent Living


Sometimes, a senior loved one may be moving because of a need for extra care. In these situations, it’s vital for family caregivers to weigh assisted and independent living options. With assisted living, your loved one will have help with routine activities such as dressing and managing medications, while independent living centers tend to focus more on providing seniors with a communal living environment that offers extra services. You may also need to consider whether other long-term care options are more appropriate for your loved one.


Think About Alzheimer’s or Dementia Needs


As you help your loved one downsize into a new home, you should be mindful of any limiting health conditions or major life events connected to the move. This especially pertains to loved ones who are dealing with Alzheimer’s and grief. It can take more time for these seniors to move on and begin to handle other major tasks, such as finding a new home, sorting through belongings and managing all of the details involved with a major move. You may also need to assist with the transition to nursing home care, which is common for seniors with Alzheimer’s.


Find Pros Who Work with Seniors


If you have a full-time job or other responsibilities, you may not be able to dedicate a lot of time to helping your loved one find that perfect home and get moved into it. To make sure your elderly loved one gets the assistance they require, you can always hire professionals to help. You can hire a senior move manager to help organize a senior’s transition from start to finish, including decluttering. For less involved help, you can also find a local SRES realtor, who has been certified to work with seniors and to meet their unique home needs,  for your loved one.


Obtain a Financial Power of Attorney for Loved Ones


This is something many caregivers forget to address but if you are assisting a loved one with Alzheimer’s or any other limiting condition, you may need to have the ability to make financial or health decisions for that person. For that, you need a power of attorney that will cover both areas, and allow you to help your senior loved one manage their mortgage, as well as other related finances, as well as their healthcare. A power of attorney can also be useful when seniors need to buy or refinance a home, or if caregivers need to sell that home in order to cover the costs of assisted living or other long-term care.


Help a Senior Loved One with Other Downsizing Tasks


Now that you’ve covered some of the heavier aspects of helping a senior downsize, you can focus on the more mundane tasks. Still, those seemingly simple tasks, such as decluttering, can be rather emotional for seniors. To older loved ones, the belongings in their home are so much more than just “things”; they are the remnants of the memories that have made up their life. So try to understand this and be patient as you sort through a senior’s household goods. You should also check that any pets will be safe in your loved one’s new home.

This is a major life transition for your loved one, and it can be emotional for you as well. With your guidance and help, however, this can be a positive move for all. You just need to stay focused on the important tasks, deal with whatever emotions come up, and keep the best interest of both your loved one and yourself in mind.

Can Aging in Community Help Keep Seniors More Content?

If you’re a senior, you’ve probably heard people talk about aging in place. While aging in your own home is an option for some seniors, it may not make sense for everyone. More and more seniors are looking for comfortable living options that offer more of a connection to other people, otherwise known as aging in community. Keep reading for all you need to know about aging in place and how this concept is helping seniors live happier lives.

Advantages of Aging in Community

Loneliness and isolation can be real problems for seniors who live alone. This is especially true when you have no family living nearby, or aren’t close with loved ones. Aging in community provides the important social connections that every human being needs. Social connection is essential in preserving good health. Studies have shown that those with strong connections to other people are less likely to experience depression, anxiety and other negative health issues. This makes aging in community a better option for many seniors looking for companionship.

Benefits for Your Health

Another perk of aging with your peers is that you are more likely to stay active. Regular exercise and physical activity is important for seniors, and having other people around you can be a great motivator to stay in shape. Many retirement communities have exercise classes and equipment especially geared toward providing seniors with the exercise they need to stay healthy. If you choose an option that doesn’t offer these amenities, living with other people can still keep you fit. Finding a workout buddy in your community can also encourage you to stay on track.

Finding The Right Option

Aging in community is quickly becoming a popular option with seniors and there are a ton of different living situations to accommodate your wishes. Depending on what you want out of your community, and what your needs are, you should be able to find a senior community that is just right for you. There are all sorts of creative senior housing options to consider. Intentional communities are growing in popularity these days, with developers setting up dedicated residential areas especially designed for seniors. From cooperative housing to pocket neighborhoods, intentional communities could be the perfect fit for you.

Aging in Community in Your Home

If you want to age in community, but don’t want to leave your home, there are options for that as well. You can share your home with other seniors, in a roommate kind of setup. As long as you're open to changing up your homelife, home sharing is a pretty simple way to age with other seniors, while still staying in your home. If you’d rather live alone, but need some help from time to time, you can consider looking for senior village services in your area. Many organizations are beginning to see the value in providing helpful services, such as help with household chores and meal prep, to their senior community members, and it’s a wonderful way for you to stay connected to others.

Getting older can be tough, but aging in a community can make it much easier. By surrounding yourself with your peers or helpful people, you can better maintain your independence, and you may even be able to better maintain your mental health.

Article submitted by Hazel Bridges

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