The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been challenging for all demographics. For seniors in the West Seattle area, however, the detrimental impact is twofold in that this demographic is particularly at-risk of the virus, as well as the self-isolation begat by the statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
As you get older, certain responsibilities begin to fall away, such as work and raising children. This leaves more time for you to spend on the activities you enjoy, such as volunteering, pursuing your hobbies, or getting out on the town.
Seniors who are preparing for retirement are usually faced with a dilemma: is it better to remodel their existing house for aging in place or to move into a retirement community? Many seniors prefer to stay in their home, as leaving home is often one of seniors’ biggest fears, but they may want to consider remodeling in a way that makes aging in place more comfortable for them. On the other hand, they may want to consider what perks and added conveniences they will be missing out on by not moving into a retirement community instead.
If you are moving into a retirement community in Seattle (or someone you love is), there’s more involved than just changing locations. One of the biggest challenges for seniors who move is making new friends. And yet, those relationships are what make a retirement community a real community. Frankly, many of us find building relationships a little harder as we grow older. Senior isolation is unfortunately very common, especially for those who are shy and moving into a community where they don’t know anyone.
At Daystar Retirement Village, we talk with families all the time who are trying to make difficult decisions about how to best care for their loved one, or how to ensure that their loved one is getting the care he or she needs.
When the weather turns cold in these winter months, many people often find ample time for reflection. Put that energy to good use and consider creating a place to record what you’re thankful for on a daily basis. Not only could the practice bring a way to lift your spirits or supply uplifting stories to share with your neighbors at Daystar, but research suggests that it could also increase your energy levels.