Research shows that Utah is among the fastest aging states, ranking 6th in the country on the list of the quickest elderly population growth rate. Statistics also show that individuals aged 65 and older increased to 49,700 or up to 27% between 1990 and 2000. Experts say that in 2015, an individual will reach 65 years old every 23 minutes in the Beehive State.
As Utahns face the reality of aging, one of the important things to consider is the change in living environment. Although the default choice is to stay in a retirement community, there really are more options that most might think. The decision is one that might be for life, which makes it a bit overwhelming for others. It’s a major change in life that needs a lot of careful thought.
If you’re having trouble deciding where you will spend your twilight years, here are some things to consider. This will help you settle once and for all if independent living is right for you.
Consider your present health condition and consult your doctor if you are at risk for diseases in the future. Health conditions may keep you from doing activities like washing the dishes, doing the laundry and other house chores. By staying in a retirement home, you won’t have to worry about all these. Retirement homes provide housekeeping services to make life easier for you.
If your health condition will need 24-hour help though, the best residence choice would be facilities that offer assisted living; Utah caregivers can help you maintain your health and provide assistance with routine activities like eating, bathing, or going to the bathroom.
Before you decide on changing your living arrangements, ask yourself, “how will this major life change affect my relationships?” People are more likely to experience emotional problems like depression as they age. This is why it’s important that elderly people feel constant moral support from people.
Most retirement communities hold social activities. You can participate in holiday gatherings, fitness or arts and crafts programs, while interacting with peers.
Moving around gets more difficult as you age. You will find it’s harder to drive and visit family and friends, attend social activities or keep doctor’s appointments with wobbly knees and poor eyes.
If you think mobility is bound to be an issue, then choose a retirement community. Other than amenities offered, most retirement communities provide easy and accessible transportation its residents.
Consider these things as you choose where you’ll spend your retirement years. Think about enlisting retirement homes in your options, so you can grow old happy and free.