Barriers to Living Independently: EVC Explorers Discuss

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from: Longevity Explorers | Eskaton Village Carmichael

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The Explorers are asked to think of what could get in the way of staying independent. Right away, the group offers factors that center around health, wealth, and mobility. Time is a central factor in the discussion, as members realize that the time and ability to recover from loss will decrease with age. In the end, socialization emerges as the key to coping with decline and loss.

And afterwards, one of our explorers sent us this email, which we add here because it is very much on topic:

Richard, I have thought about reasons for moving in to a retirement community.

One of the worst thoughts people have is to say "I'm not ready yet," That is the wrong attitude. They are looking at the old folks' homes of the depression, when it was a place to die. We come to Eskaton Village to LIVE! Not to die! Prospective residents must have a positive attitude, knowing that a CCRC is a great place to live.

Then, some people wait too long before they move in and are too frail to take advantage of all the activities that are available. So they end up in the isolation of their apartment because they are unable to get out for meals or activities, which makes them unhappy. American Disability Act has brought too many residents after they are already too disabled to get around without mechanical assistance. That equipment should become part of your life after you have become a part of the community. It's easier that way.

Timing is as important as attitude, but they both work toward a retirement life that speeds by because we are always active. Just listen to the chatter and laughter in the dining room and you know that people are enjoying each other's company.

Thanks for being interested.

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from the Eskaton Village, Carmichael circle discussion May 11th, 2017.


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Key words: 
life changing events, challenges, threat to independent living