Take this end-of-the-year quiz on aging
Since 2017 is just around the corner, I thought it would make sense if our senior readers and their adult children took a short "pop quiz" in order to get all involved thinking about their own personal situation and any health issues they might have to address.
The purpose of this exercise is to reflect, assess, acknowledge and consider what direction to take when it involves the challenges of aging.
(a) Stay in your current home and age in place
(b) Move to a senior retirement community
(c) Live with one of your children
(Note: It's very possible to experience all three living options in one lifetime.)
(c) No, and still have a storage unit full of stuff
(Note: Do yourself a favor and start downsizing now. It's some of the best advice I can offer.)
(c) Recommend more research, etc.
(Note: It's critical to include your children and solicit their help and feedback.)
(c) Not sure
(Note: It's not uncommon for seniors, and more often their children, to not completely understand the differences and who is best suited for what type of senior living scenario.)
(Note: Finances will always play a significant role in what senior retirement options someone can consider.)
The start of a New Year tends to initiate new thoughts about how we can best provide for ourselves and for our loved ones. Aging presents its own challenges, which require proactive thoughts and action.
This year, do your homework, ask questions and see which option is best for you.
Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. www.TheSeabrook.com