What Millennials Really Want To Know About Caregiving For Their Parents

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by: Jody Gastfriend
Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jodygastfriend/2018/11/02/what-millennials-really-want-to-know-about-caregiving-for-their-parents/#6f155ea06724

Not long ago, I was invited to speak—virtually—to an audience that you wouldn’t normally think of when you think about aging: young professionals. And yet this group, just beginning the arc of their careers, turns out to be incredibly thoughtful and curious about what awaits them at the end of their careers, as well as how they can plan now for supporting their aging parents. We shouldn’t be surprised: Millennial caregivers now make up 25% of unpaid family caregivers—or about 10 million nationwide. But those employing and managing Millennials in the workplace may be startled by just how deeply their young charges are already thinking about planning ahead. And their questions, below, may offer as much insight as my answers.

(A special thanks to all the staffers and questioners at The Skimm, the uber-trendy Millennial newsletter that hosted my “Ask Me Anything” on “Caring for Parents as a Young Professional.”)

Q: As a millennial who might not have children of my own, I have a lot of anxiety about who will care for me when I get old. How can I prepare for this? I know money is a factor, but money can’t buy the level of genuine love, care, support, and advocacy that family provides. I look at how much my mom does for my grandmother, and I panic thinking about what will become of me if I don’t have someone to do those things for me.

A: Thank you for this very important question. You are not alone. There’s even a term for it: elder orphans, or someone who is aging without family available to help with caregiving. The majority of people over 65 will need some type of long term care in their lifetime so it’s good you are thinking ahead. Yes, finances are important. Planning for the financial aspects of care by considering long term care insurance or saving for your care needs down the road are worthwhile options to consider. It might be helpful to work with a financial advisor to make the best choices given your particular situation. As you age, you may want to think about living in a community that will provide you with support and emotional connection. For example, there are communal living options such as taking a roommate (sometimes in exchange for household or caregiving duties) as well as senior living communities with built-in services that cater to a wide range of needs. You may also want to develop a network of friends and neighbors who can mutually support one another and pitch in when someone needs help.

Q: My parents are the type that always say, “I never want to be in a nursing home.”What if my parents need a nursing home and they refuse to go? How do you balance the requests of your parents with what is actually best for them as they get older?

CA Senior Living Building 137-Unit Community In Westminster

CA Senior Living LLC has started construction on Atria Westminster, a five-story, 137-unit senior living community at 9560 Sheridan Blvd. about 10 miles northwest of Denver.

Atria Westminster, expected to open in early 2020, will offer 107 assisted living apartments, 30 memory-care studios and an attached single-story dining and amenity wing. Assisted living units will range from 410 SF studios to 970 SF two-bedroom units. Memory-care studios will range from 275 SF to 310 SF.

“Building on the tremendous success of our senior living community in Englewood, which is slated to open in 2019 and marks our entry into the Colorado market, we are excited to bring another top-notch senior living offering to this rapidly growing region,” CA Senior Living President Ben Burke said. “With a convenient location just off the Denver-Boulder turnpike, we expect Atria Westminster to appeal to a wide population of older adults seeking a modern, lifestyle-oriented housing option that provides a full continuum of care.”

The property will have 50K SF of indoor and outdoor amenity space, including a formal dining room, a bistro-style pub, a fitness center, a theater and various activity rooms. Outdoor amenities will include landscaped courtyards, a walking garden and community sculpture. A rooftop lounge will have views of the Rocky Mountains and an adjacent golf course. Courtesy of CA Senior Living LLC Atria Westminster’s amenities include landscaped courtyards, a walking garden and a rooftop lounge with views of the Rocky Mountains.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Atria Senior Living will operate the community. Atria, which operates more than 225 locations across the United States and Canada, promotes well-being for its residents through a whole-person approach to aging that emphasizes exercise, connection, nutrition and goals. Specially trained caregivers will help with medication management and daily activities such as bathing and grooming, if needed. Through Atria’s signature Engage Life program, residents also will have the opportunity for continued learning, personal growth and fulfillment.

Residents and families requiring memory care will receive specialized services in the community’s secure Life Guidance neighborhood, which draws on each resident’s history while building strong staff-resident relationships.

“Across the U.S. and Canada, we serve a population of seniors who are discerning in their preferences and want to remain physically and socially active — like so many older adults in Colorado,” Atria Senior Living Senior Vice President Abby Figueroa said. “We’re proud to deepen our commitment to the Denver area and expand our relationship with CA Senior Living with Atria Westminster.”

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/denver/news/senior-housing/ca-senior-living-building-137-unit-community-in-westminster-94166?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

New senior living center uses technology to help residents

FT. MYERS, Fla – It’s not what you imagine when you think about a 55 and older community.

Amavida is a 460 bed resort style living center on Gladiolus Drive will cater to seniors who may have varying levels of needs.

“That care environment will run all the way from someone whose independent to someone in memory care,” said President of senior living for Amavida, Colin Marshall.

That includes people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

In addition to the one on one care these patients receive, they are given special watches. The devices, known as Skynet, allow them to be tracked in the event they get lost.

They can also call for help and staff will know their exact location.

“I think its great, because if you do fall, all you have to do is press a button and someone will come and get you, it’s very helpful and reassuring,” said future resident Joanne Compton.

The staff at Amavida say this technology is just one of many aspects of their community that allow seniors to live an independent life style, yet still have someone nearby to help if they need it.

Swimming, a gym, and access to Lakes Regional Park, are all part of the amenities residents will enjoy, as is round the clock care for those who aren’t as active.

“There is definetly a demand for these types of environments, the demand has been steadily increasing, while our elder population has been increasing, it’s going to continue for probably the next 15 years,” said Marshall.

Amavida officially opens December 1st.