Going It Alone: Solo Aging

When a senior is living alone and far away from children, close relatives and friends, it can be difficult to face the future. Cultivating strong social support systems is essential to aging, especially if a senior does not have any children, siblings or family members. The good news is that seniors who are “solo aging” are anything but alone. Almost 20% of baby boomers are without children and living life to the fullest alone.

Social Connectivity Matters

Social connections are essential for adults of any age, but they can play an especially prominent role for seniors who are facing loneliness and isolation. As seniors age, they need to have regular contact with companions, caregivers and friends. Instead of waiting to be alone, adults who are aging should invest time and effort into forming and sustaining social bonds with others. Don’t think that you need to only surround yourself with fellow seniors, either! You have valuable advice to offer people who are younger than you, and those who are younger than you also have plenty to teach you.

Designate a Legal Delegate

While nobody wants to consider being incapacitated, it’s vital that every adult has a medical proxy designated in the event that something occurs. This person should be someone that you trust. They should know about your medications, your insurance and any other important pieces of personal information. If you aren’t sure how to designate a representative or form a will, contact an attorney who specializes in elder law.

Consider Moving

If you don’t have any concrete reasons to stay where you are, don’t be afraid to move! Since you don’t have a partner or children to consult, you can downsize, move to an apartment, change your residence to a more affordable area or even go to a college town where you can take free classes. When moving, remember that your options will change as you age. It’s much easier to move in your 60s than your 70s.

You’re Never Alone with Senior Care Lifestyles

At Senior Care Lifestyles, we specialize in facilitating the connection between seniors and the right in-home care, assisted living and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for loved ones. Get in touch today by calling 410-977-3718!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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