This post on the ALFA blog highlights the Aging and Quality of Life survey results, in which researchers found that, though a majority of adult children or younger relatives would gladly open their doors to a senior family member, “only 31 percent of the overall population would consider living with a younger relative.”
Also surprising, most seniors surveyed were “optimistic about aging” instead of feeling “uneasy, angry or prepared,” and a modest 15 percent worried about living alone as they age. (Get more statistics via the full report here.)
For some seniors, moving to a retirement community or assisted living home is preferable to relying on their children or other relatives for the assistance they need. A discussion about a transition may not result in the battle that their children or relatives expect, provided that the conversation was initiated by the parents or senior relatives.
This may be the key to success: as we’ve stressed in numerous posts, it’s essential that any conversation about a senior care decision respects the preferences of the individual/couple at the center of it.