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Back in June at the Boomer Venture Summit, I had the pleasure of chatting with be.group’s Dan Hutson, Vice President, Communications & Marketing. He talked about the “aging in place” movement, and how the desire for older adults to stay in their own homes can cause sub-optimal care decisions and impact quality of life. And as a seasoned executive of one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living communities, he knows what he’s talking about!
Often, moving into a retirement community results in improved quality of life due to increased socialization, community events, and more ready access to care services as needed. There can even be overall cost savings. What’s best in an individual situation is up to a lot of factors beyond a categorical desire to stay in a particular home, and older adults and families must be informed and open-minded to be able to make the right choices.
That’s why be.group recently launched a new website aimed at being a resource for seniors, to assist seniors and their loved ones in the process of deciding on the next steps of living:
Where you live affects not just you, but also your family and everybody you interact with, so it’s important to proactively think about aging and where you choose to be.
If you have older loved ones or have professional interactions with seniors, it may be wise to consider referring them to these online resources and encouraging them to think about the next place they will live and what options might be right for them.