Many children have lofty dreams of growing older so that they can do all the wonderful things that the big kids can do, or be able to eat whatever they want instead of what their parents put in front of them at the dinner table. As adolescents, those dreams become about different types of freedoms, and as young adults, there are visions of financial independence or even great wealth. Our society has a way of encouraging people to pine for the future, that is, until we hit a certain age. At some point, more people begin to fear growing older rather than look forward to it.
Heading to the next chapter of your life
Life is beautiful and exciting, but it can also be scary. There are mysteries and uncertainties, but to get caught up in these means getting entrapped in a life of fear, which is completely unnecessary and certainly not enjoyable. Though society has put an unfair and ridiculous stigma on getting older, things are starting to change, and people are beginning to see that there is not so much to fear as there is to learn about. For some, the fear has to do with the fact that older age brings us closer to death. But living your best life to the fullest every single day, and knowing that no one is promised a tomorrow makes it easier to understand how death is a natural part of the process.
For many, however, the fear stems more out of the possibility of developing an illness or condition that strips away their independence and requires them to rely on others. Over half of the respondents in one survey said that they worry about becoming a burden to their families in their later years. Growing older sometimes means the loss of memory, in the form of dementia, which makes things very confusing for those who have it.
Finding the right nursing facility
When it comes to memory care, it is important to find a good care facility or assisted living home that has the best specialized caregivers. The type of nursing facility that houses dementia patients or others who have issues with memory or identity will typically provider around the clock supervised care for those living there. Nearly 40% of residents in such a nursing facility get help with at least three daily living activities. Often, as the condition progresses, more care is required.
The idea of losing your memory certainly is not a fun one. But through proper awareness and preparation, the transition can become a whole lot easier.