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Are you thinking of an assisted living community, but all you see is a dingy, dilapidated asylum where elders are dragging along like zombies?
Well, snap out of it! Modern day assisted living communities in Rhode Island, Connecticut and many other areas are ingeniously planned to welcome people in a homelike environment. You might call them corporate mints, but their only selling point can be dedicated to their residents.
The following points should relax your apprehensions.
1. Retirement from office and house
Who deserves to live in a house with overflowing trash cans, piled up laundry and fused out light bulbs? In assisted living communities all the chores are taken care of by the staff, while the residents only have to chill around.
2. That will be the first day of the rest of your life
Assisted living communities are not to be confused with a serviced lodge. They will not make you shut yourself in a room and tolerate whatever television throws at you. They offer an diverse menu of activities and hobbies, even for those who “suck at hobbies”.
Never went to a concert? How about a live performance right outside your window? Be it music, movies, yoga, aerobics, meditation, games, local sightseeing, nature trips, art exhibitions or museums (Phew!), assisted living communities would make it all happen for you. These excursions and recreations will take your mind off your issues and give you fresh reasons to greet every morning. You need to give life another chance, lest you are too numb to change channels.
3. You will always be the parent
Not every child is mentally resilient to be at the beck and call of his or her parents. Sudden parent-child role reversals often lead to guilt and resentment for both the parties involved.
It may surprise you at first, but joining assisted living (www.wisegeek.net/what-are-the-different-types-of-assisted-living-for-the-elderly.htm) communities keeps families together. The reason is very simple. Parents are happy as they no longer feel like a liability on their children. As long as parents are happy, children are happy.
4. Eat you will!
Even a ten-year-old will echo that diet is crucial for physical health. But how many people know that irregular and poor diet can lead to mental illnesses namely, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s?
Unless you go and open their freezer, there is perhaps no way you can tell how well your loved ones are eating. Age and loneliness make it easier to starve than to cook. Those who appear to order outside food actually get by on ice cream.
If you are exploring memory care in Rhode Island or Connecticut or elsewhere, rest assured there will be food-healthy, tasty and timely. This claim is not hinting at toast and boiled potatoes. You can look forward to an experience of fine dining, amidst jokes and toasts, day after day.
5. People won’t bite!
If somebody asks how to enjoy being alone, possibly the single best answer would be, go and meet people! If you have come to ask how to enjoy being alone, then “being alone” is not what you want to enjoy. This is not a statement on introverts. Introverts don’t try to enjoy alone time. They just enjoy it. Unhappy recluses, who are living in a denial and making excuses to stay in, try to enjoy loneliness.
Assisted living communities will help you relax your inhibitions and reach out to somebody your age, just as you did in Kindergarten! Hopefully you will find someone to share your lunch with.
6. You will know you will be safe
A pizza delivery guy who got the address wrong could give someone a heart attack! Exactly how long can somebody live with a lingering fear of a break-in? How much should one rely on neighbors to respond to the alarm on New Year’s Eve? Who can even reach out to the alarm, trapped in the bathtub, or with a broken hip?
These concerns make it all the more important to live in a place where people are hired to check in with the residents, and jump to the spot, should the alarm buzz.
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