Lifestyle

Senior lifestyle and lifestyle choices

Senior lifestyle can be many different things, but ultimately it is the way that you choose to live your life. If you are not happy you can make changes to your lifestyle to improve your quality of life. 

Of course, that means different things to different people, but in this section of our website, we will try to cover many different topics and maybe you can be inspired to change or add to your current lifestyle.

Dating - Are you single and looking for a change?

Being single can be fun and maybe you enjoy the independence and thrive doing things in your own time and at your own pace. 

But if you are not happy being single there are a lot of things you can do to change that. First of might be as simple as changing your mindset. Start looking at prospective partners in a new light. Maybe that man, who always comes to church alone, would be up for a cup of coffee? Or maybe you should take your girlfriend up on the offer of setting you up with her single friend?

If you don’t feel like there are a lot of options in your social circle you might want to consider dating online. More and more dating sites are starting to concentrate on the senior segment and there are a lot of different options to choose from. If you are curious about dating online we have written an article who goes a lot more into depth with the topic. 

Housing options - How do you wanna live?

As you get older your needs and wants may change as it comes to living arrangements. Many seniors prefer to stay in their homes as long as they can, but there are other choices. Depending on your age, health, and if you are in need of care, there are different things to consider when choosing how you should be living in your golden years.

There are so many different housing options for seniors. When it becomes time to make a change in regards to your living situation, it can be overwhelming to make a qualified decision. There are many different factors you should consider, before making a final decision, and some of these include how much help you need, what you can afford and so on.

Some of the different types of housing options are Retirement Communities, Home Health Care, Home Health Aide, Adult Day Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, over 5% of people aged 65+ occupy nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and board-and-care homes”

There are so many different housing options for seniors. When it becomes time to make a change in regards to your living situation, it can be overwhelming to make a qualified decision. There are many different factors you should consider, before making a final decision, and some of these include how much help you need, what you can afford and so on.

Some of the different types of housing options are Retirement Communities, Home Health Care, Home Health Aide, Adult Day Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Retirement communities

From the age of around 50, you have the possibility of moving into a retirement community. A retirement community (RC), also known as a retirement village, is a housing community for people who are generally healthy and able to take care of themselves. The residents live in their own homes but share different amenities.

There might be different policies that apply; depending on the RC you wish to live in.

Many RC’s have an age restriction; some demand that you are retired or at least partial retired and others have entirely different rules, you will also have to research if you are allowed to bring your pet, as pets are not permitted in some Retirement communities.

There are several benefits to living in a retirement community:

  • Socialization – You will have many people with similar interests living close by.
  • Amenities to share with the other residents e.g. swimming pool, tennis court, arts- and crafts room, and so on.
  • Security

But there are also some downsides you need to consider:

  • Loss of independence: Most RC have rules you have to comply with.
  • Non-diverse: Other residents will likely be the same age group and same social class.
  • Depressing: Some people find it depressing to live amongst many elderly people.

Loss of independence: Most RC have rules you have to comply with.
Non-diverse: Other residents will likely be the same age group and same social class.
Depressing: Some people find it depressing to live amongst many elderly people.
Before moving into a retirement community you should visit the community, learn what people live there, and speak to some of the residents to get to know their experience of it. It is the best way to ensure that your expectations can be met.

Skilled Nursing Facilities – Semi-private and private rooms

A skilled nursing facility is an option for elders who would need 24-hours care including meals, activities, and health management. This time of place provides you, or your loved one with support throughout.

This is an ideal solution for people with severe or debilitating physical or mental illnesses who are unable to care for themselves. A licensed physician who supervises each resident’s care runs this type of place. There are also nurses or other medical professionals on the premises. Some have physical and occupational therapists on staff as well and some facilities also provide Alzheimer’s care, with special facilities and layouts for those who suffer from dementia.

These places also provide the option to choose between semi-private or private rooms. With a private room, you’ll have a room to yourself, with a semi-private you’ll like have a roommate. 

Other living options for active and healthy seniors

seniors enjoying a drink

RVing

More and more seniors choose to make their motorhome or RV their permanent home, or at least their home for a longer period of time. And the lifestyle is not only popular in America. In Australia, the “Grey Nomads” are growing in numbers and the lifestyle is attracting more and more people every year.

So why is it so appealing to rip up your roots and get on the road?

Total freedom! Having the choice to wake-up where you choose to every day, going where the weather is great and meeting up with friends and family when it suits you. That is for many people what freedom is all about.

There are of course also some downsides to RVing:

  • Expensive: If you do not own a motorhome or an RV they are expensive to purchase. Especially if you plan on living full time in your RV, you need it to meet certain standards to make life comfortable.
  • Space: If you are coming from a house it can be hard to downsize to a much smaller RV.
  • Family: Being on the road and not having a permanent address can make it harder to see family on a regular basis.

There are many factors to consider before making to move and going on the road full time. We will go a lot more into details in an upcoming article on RVing full time for seniors.

Cohousing for seniors

Neighbourhood

Cohousing is a relatively new phenomenon in senior lifestyle and living. The first cohousing communities were formed in late 2005 and since then a lot has happened.

How does cohousing work?

Cohousing is usually individual homes built around a common space like living area, gardens, kitchen, etc. Here the residents socialize with each other, eat together, or the kids play together.

Cohousing communities can be seniors only, but many are not divided into age groups. 

"More and more cohousing communities are being built to accommodate for the special needs some seniors require"

Typically people, who chose to live in a cohousing community, are people who are very social and who want to know their next-door neighbors. But it is of course up to the individual how much they want to participate in social activities. Some cohousing communities have a co-caring initiative, where the members of the community help and support the aging members of their community.

Cohousing isn’t for everyone; it requires an openness and willingness to get close to your neighbors. But if you want to explore a positive way of living and minimize the risk of becoming lonely, then maybe cohousing could be the answer for you.

In the meantime take you time to explore our other news:

Free

Newsletter

Sign up now and be the first to hear about exciting new articles, members only offers, and much, much more!

Let’s keep in touch!

Close Menu

Don't Miss Our Latest News!

– Sign up for our Newsletter –