Embrace Growing Older: How Assisted Living Helps with the Art of Pivoting

Aging is often viewed as a time of limitation, but it can also offer unparalleled opportunity. As we grow older, we’ll continue to encounter experiences—some requiring adjustments and others that will open new doors.

Growing older typically requires pivoting to adapt to life’s changes. Learning how to adjust to the possibilities can greatly contribute to a high quality of life. 

The Opportunities of Growing Older

The following are a few of the possibilities older adults may discover:

Renewed Focus on Personal Interests: Retirement offers time to pursue hobbies and interests that may have been sidelined during the busy career and family-raising years. This can be a time for art, music, gardening, writing or learning a new language.

Deepening Relationships: Aging allows more time to invest in relationships. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, spend quality time with family or forge new friendships.

Sharing Wisdom: Experience and wisdom often come with time. Older adults often find fulfillment in mentoring younger people, sharing their life lessons and contributing to the growth of others.

Community Involvement: Many find a renewed sense of purpose in volunteering. Whether it’s helping at local charities, participating in community projects or engaging in advocacy work, these activities provide a sense of belonging and contribution.

Exploration and Travel: Many older adults seize the opportunity to travel, explore different cultures or even take up adventurous activities they’ve always dreamed of.

Facing the Challenges of Aging

While there are many exciting possibilities ahead, there can also be challenges. As we embrace the future, it’s equally important to acknowledge and adapt to the changes that come with aging.

Health Management: One of the more significant adjustments is managing health changes. This might include adopting a healthier lifestyle, keeping regular medical appointments or managing medications.

Adapting to Physical Changes: With age, there may be a decline in physical abilities. Adapting to these changes may be needed, whether it’s using mobility aids, modifying living spaces for safety or accepting help for certain tasks.

Emotional and Cognitive Well-being: Staying mentally active, engaging in social activities and seeking help if experiencing feelings of loneliness or depression are vital aspects of emotional well-being.

Financial Adjustments: Another critical pivot is financial planning. This includes managing retirement funds, understanding healthcare costs and planning for long-term care if needed.

Embracing Technology: Learning to use technology can significantly enhance quality of life, including video calling, using health apps or engaging with online communities.

Tips to Learn How to Pivot

To successfully adapt and connect, consider the following tips to learn how to make a smoother transition toward some of life’s changes:

1. Be a Part of the Decision

Changes are easier to make when the individual is involved in any decisions, including whether to move to an assisted living community or what activities to participate in.

2. Focus on the Positive Aspects

Not all changes are enjoyable choices, but keeping a positive attitude goes far. Emphasize the benefits of even more difficult choices, which might include less isolation and more social opportunities or support.

3. Personalize the Change

Depending on the issue, taking action to individualize the choice can make it feel more positive.

4. Stay Connected

Having a solid support system can be a lifeline while navigating change. Stay in touch regularly with family and friends, whether through visits, phone calls or video connections.

5. Be Patient

Adjusting to new situations takes time. It’s important to remind yourself that you will need to be prepared and patient. Be easy on yourself.

How Assisted Living Supports Adapting to Growing Older

For many families, one of the pivotal decisions in their journey is considering a shift to an assisted living community. The many benefits can help support a life well lived.

Assisted living isn’t just about care; it’s about living life to the fullest in a supportive environment. Growing older is not just about facing the challenges of age; it’s about embracing the vast array of opportunities that life continues to offer.

Consider the following advantages of an assisted living community and how they can help you or a loved one prepare and pivot to the possible changes in life.

Personalized Care: Assisted living provides customized care tailored to individual needs, such as help with daily activities like bathing, dressing and medication management, while also maintaining independence.

Safety and Security: With 24/7 supervision and emergency response systems, these communities offer the peace of mind of living in a secure environment.

Meeting Wellness Goals: Communities provide nutritious meals and programs that promote physical, mental and emotional health.

Social Interaction: One significant benefit is the community environment. Social activities, group outings and communal experiences provide opportunities for residents to interact, form friendships and stay engaged.

Freedom from Home Maintenance: Life in a community frees residents from the work of home maintenance, housekeeping and yard work.

Access to Transportation: Transportation offerings contribute to maintaining independence and allowing access to shopping, appointments and social outings.

Enrichment Programs: Many communities offer a range of activities, including arts, fitness classes and educational workshops, offering something of interest to everyone.

Assisted Living at Presbyterian Village North

At Presbyterian Village North, we are here whenever a helping hand is needed. Offering spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom residences, our residents personalize their choice to create the homes where they will live their highest quality of life.

Imagine a new life that includes a well-stocked library, a private dining room available for family celebrations and endless opportunities to make new friends and memories—all with the reassurance of living in a gated community with around-the-clock security.

We also provide the following services:

  • Licensed nursing staff onsite 24/7
  • Medication management administered by certified medication aides
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Chef-prepared cuisine—meals per day with varied, all-day dining options
  • Dedicated Assisted Living Concierge
  • Special activities and social programs
  • Access to a full continuum of care
  • Expanded gym and aquatic center
  • Music and art programming
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Convenient access to mobile healthcare services onsite including dental, podiatry, optometry, audiology, mobile x-ray and lab, and dietician
  • Full onsite pharmacy
  • And so much more!

Presbyterian Village North supports our residents to remain as independent as possible while living an enriched life. Please call 214-355-9015 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal visit to our community.