If you just moved to a retirement care community or an
assisted living center, you might have neighbors you don’t necessarily see eye
to eye with. Or alternatively, you might be the type who likes to relax with a
good book, rather than get too friendly with the neighbors.
Regardless of what your reasons might be, keeping yourself
isolated and maintaining your privacy might be a very important thing for you.
If that’s the case, consider the following tips for getting along with your
retirement community neighbors:
- Greet them amicably without lengthening the
small talk too much. However, make sure when you say “good day,” you actually
- Keep eye contact and make sure your neighbor
knows that they can rely on you. For that purpose, small gestures like letting
them borrow some sugar or a bottle opener might be suitable.
- Consider sharing one or two of your hobbies with
them, if they are interested. You can always put it out there in casual
conversation, and see if they have a similar hobby that you can talk about on
Even though you might prefer to be alone, it’s important to follow these tips in order to maintain friendly or at least cordial relations with your .neighbors. After all, you never know when you might need each other, or when the ripe opportunity arises to make a new friend. For more ideas regarding retirement living, look at https://rosemarkmayfairpark.com.
So it’s almost the holiday season again, and as the new year approaches, you will want to keep your senior family members from feeling under the weather. I know I’d want my kids to cheer me up when I get older – who wouldn’t?
Of course, doing that while not seeming like you’re a know-it-all who is too young to know what they’re talking about can be a bit of a challenge. However, should you take the time to consider the following New Year’s resolutions and present them to some of your senior family members, you might get them to have some genuine fun for a change:
- There are all those “senior things” that you can plan, such as living a healthier life and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. But why not suggest something more exciting to go with it – such as traveling to a national park they always wanted to see, or spending time in nature with the grandchildren.
- Reviving an old friendship can be a beautiful New Year’s resolution to follow. If your loved ones seem uneasy about it, you can even offer to lend a hand by researching the person’s whereabouts or offering to drive them to the place when they decide to go.
- Finally, consider suggesting activities and games to exercise better mental health. For example, it can be both your and your father’s new resolution to get together at least once every one or two weeks to play chess.
- Now might be the time to consider transitioning into Rosemark senior retirement living communities. See all the wonderful amenities this community can offer your senior family member.
According to the researchers, socialization plays an extremely important role in the life of senior citizens, being an essential aspect that should not be overlooked. Rosemark At Mayfair Park Denver assisted living communities have plenty of socialization opportunities, with people of the same age, and this interaction with others is the best antidote for boredom or for the feelings of being useless – both very common at this age.
Seniors become more communicative when they are a part of a community. Talking to each other, commenting on the news together, evoking memories, sharing beliefs and ideals or exchanging impressions -these are important details in their lives.
The long-term effects of socializing include many benefits. It strengthens physical condition, improves cardiac health, reduces blood pressure, improves nutrition and diet, increases confidence, relieves stress and depression, improves sleep, maintains the brain more active and healthy, reduces memory problems, decreases the perception of pain, increases the level of happiness and provides a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
For better communication with others, specialists recommend that seniors remain open-hearted and open-minded, take advantage of amenities offered in assisted living communities and learn new skills or discover new hobbies in the company of other people, enjoy the virtual world, read, exchange ideas and make friends with whom they can spin memories, exercise together an so on.
Making the transition from the home where you have been living for decades to a retirement community doesn’t happen overnight – adjustment to the new circumstances might take some time and the time needed is different for everyone, but with a well-chosen, locally owned and managed senior living Denver community, you can get your like your new home very soon after moving in.
One of the most important things that can help you during the transitory period is positive attitude and focus on the benefits of your new circumstances. Look at the community as a new beginning, as an opportunity to furnish and arrange a new home, to meet new people and to make new friends. The first few weeks after you move into your new home will probably be all about arranging things around the home, meeting your neighbors and exploring the neighborhood.
When you have everything set up, check out the social calendar of the community – retirement communities provide onsite nursing care and help with household chores, so your life will be much easier and you will have more free time to engage in entertaining activities. Many communities have busy social schedules, with concerts, theater performances and various other cultural offerings that you can attend and enjoy, so try to make the most of these opportunities.
Choosing the Right Senior Community for Your Parents
Many of us face life’s hard reality of finding a comfortable, safe and trustworthy senior living community for our aging parents or loved ones. It’s never an easy task, and one that raises a lot of questions, demands straight-forward answers, and will obviously take time, attention, and a great deal of care.
There are several things to take into consideration, including the level of care, staff professionalism, quality of services and amenities, safety and security, and overall cost.
Assisted living provides residents with as much independence as they want, with the knowledge that personal care and support are readily available. Every assisted living community is different, and it’s important to understand the subtle – and not so subtle – differences among communities.
Almost every assisted living community states they have nurses on staff, but staffing levels vary greatly from one community to the next. Not every community will have a professional nurse or nurses on-site. Those with more robust staffing can accommodate a higher acuity of resident needs, indlucing diabetic and insulin management.
Look for communities that provide a life enrichment program, daily activities, healthy menu options, laundry and housekeeping services, transportation, concierge services, and extra amenities, such as a beauty salon, fitness center, physical and occupational therapy, and pharmacy services. An assisted living community shouldn’t fall short on the things that will make your loved one feel safe and comfortable, as well as content and cared for.
As long as you and your family do the necessary research, ask the right questions, and support your loved one in the decision-making process, you can feel comfortable in choosing the right community together.
On-site staffing questions:
When are your wellness nurses here?
Who will administer medications?
Who will provide hands-on care?
How many meals do you serve a day, and may we review your menu and sample a meal?
Does your menu selection accommodate special diets and provide dietetic support?
What kinds of activities do you plan for residents, and how frequently do they occur?
What are some of your extra amenities and services?
Is social and spiritual support offered?
From Sandy Christensen, Vice President of Operations at Rosemark at Mayfair Park
Preparing Yourself and Your Aging Parents for Senior Living
As your parents age, you are probably stepping in with home maintenance, laundry, meals, shopping and driving. With a little help, many older adults remain happy and healthy living independently in their family homes.
However, the equilibrium of independent living can change quickly. Increasingly poor judgment, confusion, lack of personal grooming, forgetting meals and missing medications are all signs that your parent may no longer be safe living alone. A fall or medical crisis may dictate a higher level of caregiving almost overnight.
Your parents may reach a tipping point where they are no longer able to safely live alone. They may not see it, even though you do. How do you ready yourself and your parents for the change?
Do your homework
- Make a written list of all your concerns. Are you worried that medication mistakes will affect their health? Or that they are a danger on the road? Or that their home is no longer a safe environment for them?
- Explore options to find the best fit for your parent. Learn the difference between home health care, independent living, assisted living and memory support. Most adult children minimize their parents’ need for help, so try to be as objective as possible. Find communities near you or in your parents’ neighborhood. Have those options ready if your parent has a serious medical event.
- Approach senior living positively. Yes, it will be an adjustment. Know that in the right environment, your parents can be happier, safer and in better health than they are now.
How to have the conversation
- Frame the conversation. Talk in person, not over the phone. Choose a day when your parents are rested and relaxed. Pick a spot where you talk without distractions or interruptions.
- Be empathetic. Don’t feel sorry for your parent, but show you care by being calm and kind as you listen to their fears and frustrations. Don’t overload them with information.
- Take your time. You may be ready for your parents to make the leap, but they may need time to get used to the idea. Plan to revisit the topic again and again, so that you can come to an unpressured mutual agreement that will preserve your relationship moving forward. If your parent has a trigger event that necessitates senior living sooner rather than later, you’ll be glad you had these conversations early on.
Open-ended conversation starters:
- How is it living alone? Do you feel safe?
- Do you feel lonely sometimes?
- How do you feel about driving?
- Is it hard to manage your finances?
- Ever think of getting help with laundry and housekeeping?
- Would you feel less stress if you didn’t have to worry about the house?
Life is better at Rosemark!
We hear again and again that our residents are happier, healthier, safer and less lonely in our assisted living and memory support community than they were living alone. Many wonder why they didn’t make the move to Rosemark sooner! Scheduled fitness classes, social gatherings, physical therapy, art and education, outings, medication reminders all promote residents’ mental and physical well-being.
Come thrive with us! For more information, contact 303.770.ROSE (7673) or email@example.com