As with all moves, moving into a senior community has its upsides and downsides. A concern we hear from people looking at moving into an independent living environment is whether or not they are going to have to give up their hobbies, the things they enjoyed doing. Here is Danny Rampey’s response to this concern.
Myth #3: I will have to give up my hobbies when I move into senior living.
No, residents don’t have to give up their hobbies. Moving into an independent living community, they have the fear of losing the freedom to do those hobbies and things like that. There are so many things to do, and so many things going on and this is what I always use as an example.
A good way to tell when they’re ready for independent living, or an environment of being around people that are still active and not being afraid of that age factor, is usually when people are over the age of 65 – 70 years old and spend three to four hours a day on chores, on maintenance, on trying to clean their house and cut their grass, and do this and do that. That doesn’t give them, with meal time and sleep, and everything else they’ve got to have for their bodies. It doesn’t give them time to do what they want to do and it doesn’t give them a lot of time to socialize. That doesn’t given them a lot of time to go out and be out in the community.
When you’re in an independent environment, it flip flops. Your chores are not as important because they’re done for you. There’s not that much to do, and you can spend more time doing what you love. You can have more of a camaraderie and more time together with people your own age in all those activities, whether it be a wellness program, or whether you’re going on a trip, or whether you’re going out to eat, or you’re going to the church, or you’re going over here to the beauty parlor.
A lot of seniors don’t see that because, number one, that’s what they’ve always done all their life. They lived at home, they’ve raised a family, they’ve been their doing their own little thing, and they start doing more of the things they really don’t need to do versus the things that they want to do. They need more of that, being around people their own age.
I see people coming in all the time and they ask me, they go, “We think Mom and Dad’s ready. They’ve been at home by themselves, and they don’t act right. We don’t think they’re eating right. They’re kind of depressed. We don’t feel like they’re taking their meds correctly. We feel like an independent living environment would be really good for them because we’ve heard good things about Magnolia, or we’ve heard good things about living independently, because they’re staying busier, they’re around people their own age being socially active and so on and so forth.” That’s exactly right.
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