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Kaplan 11-16_How to Embrace ChangeThe Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “Change is the only constant in life.” As such, you’d think we’d be used to it, at the very least. However, most of us actually fear change instead. In fact, research shows that one in three people would avoid change altogether if they could. We’d argue that’s especially true when it comes to major life changes like a move to senior living. But the reality is that sometimes change is best; it can offer you benefits and opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Here's how you can more easily embrace a change to senior living.

Senior Living as a Tipping Point

Two of the biggest reasons people try to avoid change are a fear of the unknown and a loss of control, which in all honestly are also drivers of common aging concerns such as:

  • Losing independence
  • Having to depend on others 
  • Not being able to drive
  • Being isolated and lonely
  • Falling or becoming incapacitated
  • Running out of money

For many, a move to senior living seems like a tipping point to all these concerns coming true. However, the reality of senior living is much different. That’s why it’s so important to put things into perspective as much as possible so you can instead embrace the change. 

Tips to Embrace Change

Certainly, the range of emotions surrounding a move to senior living is very real – it’s a major change – and there will be an adjustment period. But, trying to embrace the concept of change can make the transition easier with tips that include:

  • Sit with it – A major life change like a move to senior living isn’t something you can process overnight. That’s why, ideally, this is a change that you plan ahead for so you can take the time to feel and accept the emotions that come with it.
  • Educate yourself – Instead of letting your imagination wander over the what-ifs of life in senior living, educate yourself by researching and touring to find the best community for your needs, and talking to those who have firsthand experience like friends who may already live in senior living, other residents or their families, if possible.
  • Look at the opportunities – Your usual routine may feel comforting and safe, but that can also leave you stagnant. A part of healthy aging is keeping your mind and body active and challenged. A move to senior living gives you plenty of opportunities to do just that with a range of fitness, social, and enrichment options to choose from each day.
  • Remember the reason – Chances are you’re not moving just for the heck of it. There’s a reason, or perhaps many reasons why. Remembering those can center you and keep you focused even in the face of your fear of change. For example, if you need support with daily activities, you’ll have peace of mind that help is always at hand in senior living. If taking care of your home is becoming too much, senior living removes the burden of cooking, housekeeping, and home maintenance. If it’s becoming hard to get out, you’ll enjoy conveniences like a fitness center, onsite beauty salon, and transportation are available right outside your door.
  • Declutter both physically and mentally – Downsizing can be more cathartic than you think. Not only does it give you a chance to reevaluate what you really need and want in terms of your things, but it also allows you to do so mentally as well. By leaving your old routines behind and/or letting go of anything holding you back, you can really start fresh in senior living. 

For more information, download our Stay or Go Guide to help you decide between care at home or in senior living or contact us today to schedule a tour.

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Written by All American