The baby boomers are hitting their senior years and changing what it means to grow older in America. In fact, 33% of all Americans are over the age of 50, and by 2030, 20% will be over the age of 65. Wealthier, healthier, and more independent than previous generations, it’s no surprise that a recent survey from the AARP found that 87% of seniors over the age of 65 want to stay in their current home. The survey also found that 71% of people aged 50 – 64 wanted to age in place.
But, is staying at home the best option for you or your senior loved ones? Take a closer look at the potential dangers of aging in your home and learn how senior living communities, like Canfield Place, are making it possible for seniors to stay age in place.
Stay or Go? Important Considerations for Aging at Home
Initially, the thought of remaining at home can bring great comfort. Sorting through a lifetime of belongings, downsizing, and the physical and emotional stress that comes with a move can feel daunting – even to the most active and energetic individuals. However, taking a closer look at what aging at home looks like may reveal physical dangers, emotional turmoil, and hidden financial costs.
Falls are a leading cause of injury and death to seniors. Even with caregivers using expensive, high tech medical alert systems, there is great danger to seniors who are physically unable to call for help. Home care becomes very expensive very quickly while still not ensuring around the clock care. Home maintenance costs and chores can become unmanageable and even cause dangers with seniors on ladders, leaving cooktops on, or misusing kitchen appliances.
Aside from the physical dangers of living alone, there are emotional dangers. Isolation, lack of physical activity, and depression have been linked to poor cognitive performance and cognitive decline.
Care at Canfield Place
Knowing the dangers of living alone leads many seniors and their families to seek community care. When searching for senior living, it’s important to ask the right questions and know what type of care services are offered before committing to a community. Community living can bring seniors and their families peace of mind with services and amenities that include around the clock staffing, chef-prepared meals, and a dynamic social calendar that increases physical and emotional well-being.
At Canfield Place, we offer a wide range of senior living services including independent living and assisted living. This allows our residents to move into our community when they are ready and stay, even if needs change over time.
Come by today and see your dream retirement become a reality!