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Moving Mom & Dad
“Seniors Ask” — Q & A with Donna Robbins
Q: My husband passed away last year. We used to do everything together. He became ill and I was his caregiver for 6 months before he died. I now feel ready to venture out but don’t know where to start. Any suggestions?
A: Dottie, this is one of the most asked questions. One of the issues is that people don’t want to admit they don’t want to go alone, therefore they don’t even try. Almost all the older adults I speak with feel this way. Religious groups, book clubs at book stores, Bocce ball, Rec. departments, and senior travel groups, SIRS for men, gyms, women’s clubs, hospital auxiliaries and senior centers are just a few places to start. If you have a friend, talk them in to going with you the first time if you don’t want to go alone. You will find that people are friendly, very welcoming and you will ask yourself why you didn’t do this before. There is no reason, if you are in decent health, that you have to sit home alone most of the time. Take a leap for a much more full and joyous life.
Q: How much does it cost to live in a retirement community?
A: That answer is determined by the type, location, size and quality of the community. Call your Area Agency on Aging or Ombudsman and they will give you a list. You would need to know what type you are interested in so that you are comparing apples to apples. An example would be Life Care communities, continuing care communities, assisted living communities or skilled nursing. These are different and have varying costs to move into and live in.