Huffington Post: Easing Baby Boomers’ Concerns About Moving an Aging Loved One

Author: Jamison Gosselin

Moving is tough; ask any 10-year-old coming to grips with the first move from his or her childhood home, or a 60-year-old baby boomer pondering the thought of moving his or her aging parent or loved one to a senior living community. A recent survey commissioned by Holiday Retirement aimed to uncover baby boomers’ concerns over moving an aging parent or loved one to a retirement community in order to better understand the concerns and help to calm any feelings of anxiety. Here are three of the most pressing concerns expressed by baby boomers, and ways to alleviate them:

Concern #1: Having the tough conversation: Nearly two-thirds of baby boomers surveyed considered themselves likely to move an aging loved one to a senior living community, but the conversation can sometimes be a tough one. In an attempt to identify the right time to discuss senior living options, boomers highlighted what may influence them to make a living change for their loved one…

 

U.S News & World Report – Health: How Seniors Plow Through Lonely Winters

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Isolated, lonely, alone: Each word means something different for seniors. But the three can merge when blizzards, cold snaps, snow-blocked streets, icy sidewalks and shuttered services virtually trap older adults in their homes. Staying connected in rough conditions is important for physical and mental health. Here’s how people reach out, for themselves and to others, in stormy winter weather.

Isolated by Ice and Snow: In Vermont, winter isolation is a familiar foe. “When the weather starts getting cold and snow starts flying, people start worrying about, ‘Am I going to be able to get out? Am I going to be able to get to the store?'” says Christine McAvoy, executive director of Brattleboro Senior Meals.

In a largely rural state with limited transportation for seniors, it can be difficult to get out to a doctor or just to see other people, McAvoy says: “So isolation is a major concern for us.” Her group runs the localMeals on Wheels program, which brings nutritious meals to the homebound. Maybe just as important, it brings human contact as well…

 

Forbes: An Aging Parent’s Transition From Living Alone: How Much Work Is It For You?

Author: Carolyn Rosenblatt

At 93, my mother in law, Alice decided that it was time to get more help than we could give from afar.  We’d been urging her to give up living alone for some time but she is very independent and she said she’d let us know.  “I’m ready” she said out of the blue one day, stunning her family. With that, the plans began.

Downsizing, giving up beloved possessions, leaving friends, habits and recreation in a familiar place of 30 years can’t be easy for anyone.  It caused considerable stress and sadness for Alice, but she knew it was just getting to be too much having the responsibility of a household.  She was more than happy to release driving, buying groceries, doing laundry and chores.  The rest, not so much.

My husband, Mikol and I with his sister oversaw many of the details. The packing helper, the estate sale person, the movers were all lined up and Alice who is still very sharp and takes care of business did the rest.  The day came. We picked her up, said goodbye to neighbors and friends and loaded her in the car with her suitcase.  She commented on all the things she loved about where she had lived for so long. She was wistful and afraid of what lay ahead, while knowing it was the right thing for her now to move to a new community…