In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson explains that the positive aspect about putting your loved ones in an elder care facility would be the social interactions and friendships that they develop while they’re there.
Greetings! I’m Wes Coulson from Dent Coulson Elder Law, and this will be your Elder Law Minute. We’re happy to present these because we think we can help inform you, as to the ways in which we can help you, and the things that you need to think about, relative to the elder care and estate planning journey. Hope you enjoy.
We receive a newsletter here, from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and I read an article that I found of great interest. It reported that based on some research recently done at Washington University in St. Louis, that they found that the number of positive personal interactions that we have with people, especially as we age, has a close association with our sense of purpose and meaning in our life. I thought, you know that’s great to hear, but it also has I think an important implication.
Although understandably, we have a reluctance to leave our own home, once we are at the point where we are aging, can’t get out much, and are living alone, we start losing those interactions, and to me, a big lesson there is that, it really is a good idea for people in those situations to think about moving into some Senior Living Community, Assisted Living either or just a Senior Living that Independent living, because what you give up in being just at your home, you more than make up for in having the opportunity without having to venture out, to have people to talk to, to develop new friends, even to have positive interactions with the staff there. And that’s very important for our mental well being as the article suggests.
So if your are having reluctance, if you are dealing with a loved one who is having a reluctance to move out of their home, that’s maybe something you can talk to them about, because that’s indeed a positive of moving into a communal setting as we age.
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