Assisted living facilities provide thorough care and a sense of community for older adults and individuals living with disabilities.
Celebrating National Assisted Living Week gives us a chance to recognize all of the staff, volunteers, and communities that play a vital role in making these facilities a success.
Easy things you can do.
- Visit someone in an assisted living facility. Whether it is a family member or friend, make it a point to visit someone. Whomever you are stopping by to see is sure to appreciate the visit, and you will have the chance to catch up on old times and become more familiar with the community.
- Take an assisted living facility tour. Many assisted living communities offer tours to help acquaint the public with the services provided. A tour will help familiarize you with all of the amazing things that take place there on a daily basis.
- Create something special for residents. Consider writing a few letters or gathering a group of kids together to design art projects. These thoughtful gifts are sure to put a smile on just about anyone’s face.
5 Important Things to Remember About Assisted Living and Aging
1) We’re living longer. By 2040, it’s estimated that there will be 14.1 million people over 85.
2) Where my girls at? The Assisted Living Federation of America has estimated that the female to male ratio in assisted living communities is 7:1.
3) Growing older is expensive. One in five seniors racks up more than $25,000 in care costs in a given year.
4) It’s never too late to start exercising. Research has found that beginning to exercise at 75 or even 80 can help to reduce unwanted effects of aging.
5) Most of us will need long-term care. Almost 70 percent of Americans will end up needing long-term care in their life.