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 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.
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.
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.
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!