Senior independent living is a topic that often comes up as we age. Maybe we bring it up ourselves or our family or friends raise the topic. However it comes to the surface, it is an important subject for all of us.
It seems funny how life seems to be circular. We start at the beginning of our lives being totally dependent on others for all of our needs and, many times, as we approach the end of our lives we again can be greatly dependent on others to meet many of those same needs.
When you were 35 years old it was assumed you would live independently, in most cases, as opposed to needing the support of your family. So why is it that with all of our accumulated wisdom and years of successful life experience that suddenly – or more gradually – our senior independent living becomes an issue?
Whose idea was that?
I believe it is because of the sin problem. We were originally made to live forever, but when sin came in with the disobedience of Adam and Eve, decay, degeneration and death came right along with it.
The good news is, there are many options for senior independent living. The first thing you need to consider is you or you and your spouse/partner. What are you immediate and long-term needs?
What about your health? Are you now healthy and do you expect to remain so for the foreseeable future? If yes, good for you! You are fortunate. Keep taking good care of yourself.
If you are uncertain about your current or future health, you may wish to look into a continuing care retirement community. The big plus here is that every level of care you need now and may need later is on site. This can greatly simplify the moving process, should that ever become necessary.
If you have financial needs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD has subsidized housing for low income seniors in the United States.
If neither of the above conditions describes you, many possible choices are available from which you can choose.
When should you consider a move to an independent living complex?
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It might be best to start by asking yourself some questions. Do you still enjoy and have enough energy to maintain your yard and home? Do you feel comfortable and safe in your home and neighborhood? Do you have enough social interaction with other people? Do you have access to convenient transportation?