Why Are vi­brant se­niors choos­ing re­tire­ment liv­ing?

The Hamilton Spectator - - YOUNG AT HEART - For more in­for­ma­tion about Vi­brant Se­nior Liv­ing, call Megg or Brenda at Pearl and Pine and let them walk you through the ad­van­tages. 905-633-8300

So many fac­tors come into play when look­ing at down­siz­ing from your fam­ily home to some­thing smaller. Some choose to make a move to a smaller house or condo, know­ing that there is likely an­other move down the line. Oth­ers choose to stay in their home as long as pos­si­ble, even when car­ing for the home be­comes a daunt­ing and time con­sum­ing task. Oth­ers have de­cided to make the leap to re­tire­ment liv­ing while still vi­brant, ac­tive and in good health.

Mov­ing is an enor­mous job. The most or­ga­nized and en­er­gized per­son of­ten still finds this job one that adds a lot of pres­sure to their lives. Se­niors in their mid-late 70s or older of­ten look at the idea of mak­ing two more moves as too much and start to look at Re­tire­ment Res­i­dences as an op­tion for mak­ing one fi­nal move.

Re­tire­ment liv­ing no longer car­ries the stigma as a place that “takes care of old peo­ple” but in­stead con­jures the vi­sion of a safe, and more im­por­tantly fun, place to en­joy re­tire­ment. Pearl and Pine Re­tire­ment Mar­ket­ing Man­agers, Megg Mar­ket­tos and Brenda Suther­land, re­fer to their res­i­dence as a “Sta­tion­ary Cruise­ship” with ev­ery­thing from fine din­ing and live en­ter­tain­ment to cock­tail hours and ex­cit­ing ex­cur­sions. Just like a cruise­ship, the fa­cil­ity boasts a med­i­cal cen­tre with 24 hour nurs­ing care, on­site doc­tor and per­sonal sup­port work­ers.

So­cial iso­la­tion and de­pleted nu­tri­tion tend to be the lead­ing rea­sons fam­i­lies would like to see their par­ents liv­ing in a re­tire­ment res­i­dence. Par­tic­u­larly with ex­treme weather in the win­ter and ex­treme heat in the sum­mer, se­niors tend to leave the house less. Nu­tri­tion tends to de­te­ri­o­rate as cook­ing for one or two is just as much work as cook­ing for a fam­ily yet much less sat­is­fy­ing. Re­tire­ment liv­ing ad­dresses these is­sues by pro­vid­ing nu­tri­tional meals and snacks and the abil­ity to be so­cial in many dif­fer­ent ways with­out ever leav­ing the house. Re­tire­ment liv­ing even of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for meals to be­come so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences again.

Stay­ing so­cial and ac­tive are just a cou­ple bonuses of choos­ing re­tire­ment liv­ing.

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