Posted on Jan 28, 2020 in Senior Living
Growing older is something that, despite our world’s several technological advances, we haven’t quite figured out how to slow down yet. It is a natural process, and before you know it, you may find that you have entered into this next phase of your life. Fortunately, there are many wonderful new things about maturing into this stage of senior living. Perhaps what is even more exciting are the many opportunities and advantages that you can reconsider when transitioning into senior life.
Just as you have come to grow and love yourself throughout the years, it goes without saying that most of us have also gained special attachment to certain belongings in our homes. Whether they are items that bring back joyous memories from the past, family keepsakes passed down throughout generations, or something you spent a large part of your life saving up for—we can all likely identify a few material possessions we hold close to our hearts.
As we continue to age, it is important to take a step back and re-evaluate the necessity of our belongings accumulated over time. This can be especially true if you are looking to transition into an assisted care facility that is a smaller space than your current living situation or you’re planning to move in with family members. Being mindful of your new space and only bringing along items you will actually put to good use can create a peaceful surrounding for this new part of life. But this doesn’t mean that your old belongings need to be thrown away. Find local charities or families in need of household items and donate to those less fortunate. In addition, pass down any special gifts to your grandchildren or friends as something they can always cherish and can remind them of you.
In preparation for the future, you may have adopted a life insurance policy at some point to protect your family and the people in your life closest to you. While life insurance is recommended as a financial safety net in case of your death for those dependent on you, this is an excellent time to revisit your current policy and decide if it is still a necessary expense.
Due to the nature of life insurance, you should first look at your loved ones’ situation. If you are no longer financially responsible for your children or others in your life and have reached the age past retirement, there is a good chance that you are no longer in need of your life insurance policy. Before you immediately terminate your plan, also consider if you have finished paying off all your major debts. If you are still working off financial obligations you owe, review life insurance quotes from different insurers to guarantee that you hold the most appropriate plan with your age in mind. This is particularly crucial if it has been a number of years since you last reviewed your rates and premiums.
Stop and think about something you have always wanted to do but were too scared to try. While senior living is traditionally seen as a time of slowing down, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be stuck in your everyday routine. This part of life can be the perfect time to let go of past fears and experience hobbies, skills, or events that you have never done before—now that your schedule allows for more free time. Not only are you taking control of your senior life, but there are also incredible benefits to trying new things.
Similarly, as you proceed to change over to senior living, you may want to rethink worries about your new social setting. Although it can be challenging to move into a different living situation, whether you know the people around you or not, try not to hold back in creating meaningful relationships. This could be with your new caregiver or other seniors in your facility. Don’t be afraid to invite them to do things you enjoy, as you could be helping someone else in letting go of their past fears as well.
Whether we like to admit it or not, there are several dangers in seniors living alone. You may feel that changing your living situation somehow makes you less independent or capable of helping yourself and the lifestyle you want to live. As the years pass, you should try to come to terms with this time of transition and instead shift your perspective on exactly how you can best be self-sufficient in the later years of your life.
By selecting the proper services and care for your physical needs, you are permitting yourself to live a more fulfilled life than if you were to reject help. Just because you might need more assistance than in previous years, this does not make you incapable of feeling independent. Allow the necessary help or lifestyle changes you need in order to be functional, but also have open and honest conversations with your care providers to make sure that you can still maintain certain freedoms despite possible medical limitations.
Growing into your senior years means also growing in the way you view your new way of living. By welcoming the changes that come along and reconsidering past notions, you will grant yourself the experience of making the most into your senior living transition.