Understanding Key Influncers

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Dec 06, 2017

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Accepted Thought Process: Im not a social person, and I keep myself active.
Reality: Social interaction is vital to overall health and promotes engaged living.

So many people think that the only reason to move into a senior living community is for medical reasons or when they can no longer take care of themselves. They often confuse staying active with being socially engaged. Loneliness and isolation can play a significant role in the decline of ones health, including increased cognitive decline and loss of mobility, while staying active and socially engaged benefits overall health and well-being. And what about the joy of living?
All of us at every age need peer-to-peer interaction, with peers who have been through similar life experiences, experienced similar successes and losses, decisions, and accomplishments. We need to interact with others who have lived through similar times and eras, while having opportunities to share day-to- day conversations. This becomes even more important as we age.

Many people think that is they move to a community, they are going to sit around playing bingo all day or they must do everything on a schedule. These same people, when asked what a typical day consists of, admit that theyre just sitting in their homes by themselves, doing nothing. As much as we like our homes, our homes do not keep us company. Often, people do more in a community because have transportation, someone planning activities, and people to do them with. For many people, just having someone to share meals with allows for more opportunities to engage with others.

Senior living is not meant to change who you are and what you enjoy. Its meant to add to and benefit your day-to-day life.

Questions to ask yourself:

Who or what is your current social support?
What are you currently doing to stay engaged with friends, family, or peers?
When was the last time you enjoyed a day?

By Catherine L. Owens

V.P. of Sales and Marketing, Veranda Senior Living

Author of Be Your Own Hero: Senior Living Decisions Simplified

Catherine L. Owens, author of Be Your Own Hero: Senior Living Decisions Simplified, specializes in helping seniors and their families make difficult, life-changing decisions that encapsulate the hopes of living fully, rather than just making a chance in location. To learn more about how she can assist you or a loved one, call (208) 401-8360.

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