As we as well as our loved ones age, assisted living is sometimes the logical solution to a reduced ability to move around independently and take care of ourselves. Though many people are resistant to joining an assisted living community, assisted living can often help to provide a sense of community as well as independence (although this may initially seem counter-intuitive).
There are many reasons that a person may need to enter an assisted living community, often commonly referred to as nursing homes. As people age, they become more and more likely to develop alzheimers disease, which is the only top ten cause of death that is without a viable treatment course aside from palliative care. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States alone, and often requires increasing memory care as the affected person progresses further along the course of the disease, which is degenerative in nature.
Alzheimers disease is, unfortunately, all too common, and around 16 million people in the United States are expected to be suffering at some stage of the disease by the year 2050. The vast majority of those afflicted by alzheimers disease are women, and most, if not all of them, require some kind of assistance as the disease progresses and increases in severity. One in every eight people has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and it is not the only type of dementia. In fact, though Alzheimers disease is the most common form of dementia to impact people in the United States, there are over one hundred documented types of dementia, totally to nearly 40 million dementia sufferers in America alone.
An assisted living community can help those living with some form of dementia retain some sense of independence and personal identity. They provide help when needed, usually for three or more activities necessary for daily living, but do not assist when not necessary. There are more than 15,000 assisted living centers in the United States alone, meaning that a person looking to move into an assisted living facility can shop around, so to speak, and find the center that best fits their needs as well as their desires for the community they wish to live in. Though many people resist the idea of going to live in an assisted living facility, it is often a positive experience, one that takes much stress off the person themselves as well as their families who had been tasked with their care.