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Assisted Living is Not the End of the Road

Jun 25, 2008
Even though we know that old age tends to rob us of energy, physical abilities and independence, it still surprising to see our own parents and grandparents struggling to walk, eat, see or hear. Perhaps this affects some more than others - those who have spent more time with parents and grandparents, capable adults in their forties who could outwork and outplay anyone in the family. As heart disease, diabetes and Parkinson's take over, the hero's of our childhood are relying on more medicine and more assistance.

Do you find yourself holding your breath every time your elderly loved ones climb the stairs, wincing as their shuffling feet and unsteady steps, and worrying about keeping them up too late during visits. In addition to their struggles moving around the house, one can't help but often worry about driving, which becomes harder as eyesight deteriorates.

For most of the elderly, they only need twenty-four hour care during their twilight years, but eventually, they will need more and more help undertaking everyday tasks such as cooking, driving, cleaning, and even walking. These activities are simple, but hey help facilitate good health, social interaction, and a comfortable environment.

One can't help but empathize with older individuals who find themselves moving into assisted living centers in Mesa, or Monte Carlo. It is often seen as a move that requires the resident to give up independence and their own place in favor of 24 hour intrusions in a community culture with few opportunities for privacy. However, there are many assisted living centers that are able to provide more privacy and less intrusion that you might expect. To some, it feels more like an upscale hotel than a retirement home.

Dining services, games, medical care, beauty salons, games, classes and housekeeping services can all help residents feel more comfortable and provide the social interaction and promote good health, two things which are probably most important to quality of life in the later years. Though they may not have their own comfortable social groups or preferred activities, such as gardening or bridge, they are able to interact and get exercise.

But, as wonderful as some of these places may be, moving your loved one to an assisted living home should be taken very seriously and the decision should not be taken lightly. They deserve to feel like life is as easy, full, and as fun as possible no matter how old they get.
About the Author
Art Gib is a freelance writer and Courtyard Towers offers assisted living in Mesa Arizona.
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