Adapting to a Retirement Community

Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance?

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When a senior citizen gets ready to make a transition to a retirement community, there can be a lot of questions. What will my day to day look like? How will I know where to go? Will I be able to keep living and socializing in this new and unfamiliar setting? Adapting to this major life change takes time, but there are a few helpful steps to help you feel more at home in a retirement community. 

Establish a Routine

The same hobbies, habits, and activities retirees did before the move should continue without much interruption; folks can keep up with their morning walks, afternoon journaling, or evening phone calls with the grandkids. But these routines also need to account for the internal scheduling of the community itself. Knowing when meals, activities, and other programming will occur helps shape a routine for the better.

Give Socializing a Try

The move to a retirement community can sometimes feel like walking back into high school. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by new people all socializing, joining clubs, and even eating lunch together. It may be a bit daunting for a newbie to break into a conversation or group activity, but doing so is ultimately a positive step. Research performed at Harvard found that seniors who maintained an active social life had a lower levels of memory impairment and overall better quality of life. Seniors should be encouraged by staff and family to say hello to their new neighbors, whether it’s in an art class, on a nature walk, or just a friendly game of bingo.

Getting to Know Retirement Community Staff

A retirement community employs a wide variety of people to ensure care and comfort of the residents. In a typical facility, there may be nurses, psychologists, cooks, activity directors, and physical therapists all under one roof. These employees are here to help, and getting to know their names, backgrounds, and personalities helps to establish a friendly face for those just moved in.

Keep Family Close and Present

Though independence is an important part of retirement, seniors still need to stay close with family, however possible. It may be a daily phone call, dinner a couple times a week, or a treasured visit with grandchildren. Whatever keeps conversation and interaction going for your family should remain a huge priority. Not only will this make the retiree more comfortable,  it will also foster some peace of mind for their children.

Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance? Selling an unwanted life insurance policy is no different than selling your car, home or any other valuable asset that will create immediate cash. Contact us today to learn more.

Leo LaGrotte
Life Settlement Advisors
llagrotte@lsa-llc.com
1-888-849-0887

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