October 29, 2020
Finding a great place to live and a community that will age with you can be a challenge for anyone, but it becomes even more important if you are single. A close friend recently lost her husband to cancer, and we started talking about her worries about aging alone. While her son lives nearby, she doesn’t want to be a burden to him if she develops health problems, since she knows how much work and how hard it was to care for her husband during the last year. She’s considering what a Community like Kendal-Crosslands means for her, now as she faces retirement alone.
There’s a growing number of people who are single over the age of 65. The Census Bureau reports that there were over 19 million people over 65 living alone in 2018. The New York Times has also reported about the growing number of older Americans who are unmarried and childless. This number is expected to grow to 16% of women age 80 to 84 by 2030. In addition, AARP estimates that 23% of baby boomers may end up as elder orphans- someone who is aging alone without family members to help with their care, and that number doesn’t include elders with family members who are unable to help and assist them for a variety of reasons. People like my friend, who find themselves without the support system they were counting on, due to the inevitable twists and turns life makes, now have to consider how to construct a support system from scratch.
Besides worrying about long-term care and home maintenance issues, loneliness is a real concern. The National Institute on Aging is doing extensive research on the health effects of loneliness and isolation in older adults, and has found that people living alone suffer higher rates of a host of medical conditions, ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure to anxiety and depression. By comparison, seniors engaging in meaningful, productive activities and living in supportive communities lived longer and were healthier by comparison.
That’s why Kendal-Crosslands Communities are a great solution to consider if you are over 65, single, and looking to retire. Active, vibrant communities like ours provide the community and companionship that keeps you active and engaged, which has a positive effect on your overall health and sense of well-being.
Kendal-Crosslands Communities is a Life Plan community, providing care through all stages of the aging process as needed, right on campus. Personal care or skilled nursing is available as well, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You never have to worry about getting help if needed, even in the middle of the night. That’s peace of mind for anyone who has seen the difficulties people can face as they age or deal with chronic illness.
The most important part of Kendal-Crosslands Communities is the Community itself. Unlike other communities, the Residents are the organizers of all the committees, activities, trips, and community involvement- not the staff. While the staff helps and assists, it is the residents who start up committees based on their own interests- and the interests are varied and impressive. .
New residents find making new friends is easier than it’s ever been before, in part because the residents are welcoming and share the same approach to aging. While it’s natural to worry about feeling like the ‘new kid on the block’, new residents are greeted by the welcoming committee, and at dinner, you may be invited to sit with other residents, helping you to meet people and feel at home. Many people also spend time with outside groups they love or spend time enjoying the quiet and beautiful grounds- you can be as involved as you want to be or not- it is up to you!
Many residents talk about how after moving in, they are often issued a word of caution to take their time and not get too involved in the community too quickly- there’s so much to do, it can be a little overwhelming at first. But the sense of Community created by the residents, for the residents, is what truly sets Kendal-Crosslands communities apart, and it continues whether you are in good health or need assistance and support.
With over 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the competition for homes in communities like Kendal-Crosslands is going to continue to grow, as are waiting times. That makes it important to plan ahead, and consider joining our Priority List, even if you aren’t looking to move for several years. Waiting lists for larger homes can be three years or longer, so planning ahead is very important if you want to have your choice of homes.
Whether you have great family support or not as much as you’d like due to distance or other factors, Kendal-Crosslands communities can offer you the friendships and support that are so important to keeping you young and vital as you age. We see every day the friendships that people form at Kendal-Crosslands communities, and how it enriches their life as they explore new interests or dormant ones, and find others who enjoy similar activities. Friendship, community, and a sense of belonging are all important to keep you active and healthy throughout the aging process, and you can find them all here at Kendal-Crosslands Communities.
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