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Assisted Living Communities Dispel Myths About Retirement Boredom

The preparation before work each morning starts in the same methodical fashion. At 6 am, the letter carrier irons his postal worker uniform. He enjoys a hearty breakfast of eggs or pancakes with his wife. He shines his black shoes, and he’s off to work. Morris Wilkinson is 91. Wilkinson arrives at his Birmingham, Alabama post office promptly by 7 a.m. In his six decades working for the U.S. Postal Service, he has accumulated enough sick days to take a vacation for more than a year. As advances in healthcare and the quality of life improves more men and women, even those in their 90s and 100s, are choosing to forgo retirement and continue to work.

For staff member in the Nebraska Legislature, Sally Gordon, 101, of Lincoln, Nebraska, working is a choice, but she likes the extra income, too. She uses her money to fix up her house. She has held a steady job since the late 1920s. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are 67,669 centenarians in the U.S. as of July 2010, up from 15,099 in 1980. Many people who are blessed with continued good health and stamina into their 90s choose working as a way to stay active and engaged. Many times, they feel if they retire they will lose vitality and end up bored and relegated to playing bingo all day. For some, this course is a personal choice but many other seniors who are still working are making plans for a comfortable retirement that no longer involves working. The nation has recognized the need to develop attractive, stimulating, activity filled environments for the 71.5 million baby boomers that will be 65 and older in 2030. Independent and Assisted Living communities have sprung up all over the country and have replaced the “nursing home only” option that existed in the past for those seniors who are aging and retired, still active, but prefer the security and conveniences they offer.

 

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Assisted Living is often viewed as the best of both worlds. Residents have as much independence as they choose with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available if they need them. Assisted living homes are designed to assist residents with the activities of daily living if necessary. If residents need some support with dressing, grooming, eating or bathing, Assisted Living Homes are staffed with caregivers to provide these services. Depending on the facility they can also provide medication assistance and medication reminders if necessary.

Seniors who choose assisted living find out immediately that playing Bingo all day isn’t what they’ll be doing, unless of course, they happen to love it and start their own club. Assisted living communities are designed as home like atmospheres with apartment styles that typically include studio and one bedroom models. If residents so choose, their homes can include kitchenettes that feature small refrigerators and a microwave. Beyond their private rooms, residents have access to great rooms, activity centers, formal dining spaces, exercise rooms, outdoor patios and walkways. Activities include exercise programs such as stretching, yoga and water sports. Leisure activities include things like movies, live entertainment, games, craft clubs, reading and discussion groups, bowling, sightseeing and shopping excursions.

Meals in assisted living homes are served in formal, restaurant style dining areas that encourage friendship and socializing. Food staff services prepare nutritious, well balanced meals and snacks in a variety of themes to meet the various requests of their residents. Even if people like postal service employee, Morris Wilkinson and former model from Nebraska, Sally Gordon, have chosen to keep working, what they may not realize is that choosing a good referral service to find the perfect assisted living home is not only easy, but also far from boring!

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Los Angeles and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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