The 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.
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:
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.
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: