A study by the Center for Disease Control showed that an estimated 20% of seniors aged 55 or older experience some form of mental health concern. The most common mental health issues include severe cognitive impairment, anxiety, and mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.
If you are a member of the sales and marketing team at your [independent living or life plan] retirement community, did you know that you are in the retirement planning business? You may not think so because, for most people, the phrase “retirement planning” translates to “financial planning." But I would encourage you to broaden your scope of what retirement planning includes.
“What’s old is new again,” or so the saying goes. With senior living or retirement communities, whichever term you prefer, the model is shifting ever so slightly depending on what your community is, or what you offer the senior today. It may even depend on where your senior community is located; after all, geography can often play a part in the senior community profile.
As Director of Wellness Arts for Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Alice Smith knows the importance of whole-person wellbeing.
The phone rings - it’s the hospital on the other line. Your mother fell and is injured. They also mention they believe she may have had a stroke. You leave your job and head to the hospital. If you aren’t close by, maybe you head to the airport or embark on a long drive. All of a sudden, you are in the middle of a situation you weren’t prepared for. The hospital staff is asking you what you want to do with your mom. She can’t live alone for awhile, or maybe ever again. Where do you want her to go? Where should she go for rehabilitation therapy? You have no idea where to start.