In the second installment of our True Cost blog series, we’ll look at the value of socialization later in life. It’s important to weigh the true costs – monetary, physical, and emotional – of aging in place at home versus spending the next chapter of life in a senior living community. Courtesy of Brightwater Senior Living, here are a few things to keep in mind as you take on this big decision:
The Costs of Aging In Place at Home
An AARP study found that 90 percent of people over the age of 65 would rather live out their later years in their own home rather than move into a senior living community. That’s understandable. Home is comfortable. Home is a part of us. But consider the risk of isolation posed by staying at home. Maybe you or your loved one don’t get around as well as you used to, or maybe driving is no longer an option. Studies have shown that social interaction goes a long way toward boosting health and happiness, especially among seniors, and living at home can be a barrier to an active social life.
Health Care Costs
A number of studies have shown social isolation can negatively affect your health. This National Institute on Aging primer notes that loneliness can lead to high blood pressure, depression, and put you at greater risk of illness. That could mean more doctor’s visits and higher health care costs. And what if you or your loved one takes a fall with no one around? Beyond the physical pain, the financial implications could be high. And then there’s the emotional toll of social isolation, which can be even more devastating. These are all things to take into account when deciding whether you or your loved one spend the next chapter of life at home or in a senior living community.
The Benefits of a Community
You or your loved one will never lack for company at a senior living community. Chef-prepared meals enjoyed among fellow residents, a robust activity calendar, and the opportunity to engage with friendly neighbors and compassionate staff members all come as part of the package. Brightwater communities’ rich selection of amenities provide even more chances for social interaction. Onsite barbershops and salons, spas, coffee shops, and theaters are all prime gathering spots. Also, take into account the cost savings that goes hand in hand with access to such premier amenities. No need to pay for a separate gym membership to enjoy your favorite activity or spend money on groceries or dining out with friends.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Contact our friendly team today to learn more about the social benefits of calling a Brightwater Senior Living community home. You can also check out our blog for more tips on senior living.