There are times when solitude is welcomed, but if it goes on for too long, loneliness sets in and that can eventually lead to depression. There are ways to help your loved one combat that feeling of loneliness.
It's anticipated that by 2028 the cost of private nursing home care will double from current costs and the government has forecast that there could be a 50% increase in the population of those 65 or older which could put a strain the resources available for nursing home care.
Aging in place and retaining the ability to drive are two hallmarks of independence and having to give up either of these could be a struggle. The difficulty with taking away the car keys is that your aging parents may truly believe they are still safe to be on the road and behind the wheel.
Communication with aging relatives can put a strain on a relationship, especially if your relatives have moved into an assisted living facility. Being unable to live independently because of self-care or other health issues makes keeping the lines of communication open more of a challenge.
Moving is stressful regardless of age, but when the senior in your life is considering a move whether it's due to a lifestyle change, health or retirement, it's crucial that the lines of communication are always open.
At some point, it may become necessary to open the doors of your home and invite your aging parents to move in; whether they've suffered a stroke, trip or fall accident, other health issue or if old age has simply made it impossible for them to live alone, family members need to have a plan in place.