Navigating Aging Alone: 5 Key Insights from the Mather Institute’s Latest Study

Are you aware that the number of solo agers—older adults who are unmarried, live alone, and lack adult children to depend on as they age—is on the rise? In 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau found that 28% of older adults in the U.S. fit this description.

A study by the Mather Institute, conducted from March 3 to March 20, 2023, reveals that solo agers prioritize maintaining their independence more than their counterparts, referred to as “supported agers.” Supported agers are individuals over 55 who are either married or in a long-term relationship, do not live alone, and/or have adult children they can rely on.

Solo agers often lack access to essential resources that help sustain their well-being and combat loneliness. They also face challenges in accessing informal caregiving, which is crucial for maintaining independence and managing their healthcare and financial needs effectively.

As Florida’s leading provider of senior living communities, a Westminster Life Plan Community offers a solution that caters specifically to the needs of solo agers. Choosing a Westminster Community addresses the top five concerns identified in the study, providing solutions that enhance the aging experience for those aging alone. Here’s how our communities can help:

  • Mobility: Choosing a life plan community can significantly enhance your mobility by providing easy access to well-being classes and personalized training right on campus. These facilities offer tailored fitness programs and expert guidance, ensuring that residents can maintain and improve their physical health in a supportive and convenient environment.
  • Independence: Our goal is to keep residents as independent as possible for as long as possible, and to give each resident a great reason to get up and get moving every morning. With maintenance-free living, we take care of everything so you can and can spend the day doing what you love keeping you active and engaged.
  • Dignity: By offering personalized care and support in a respectful and community-centered environment, we help maintain your dignity. Our approach is designed to meet individual needs with utmost discretion and sensitivity, ensuring that residents can continue to live autonomously as they age.
  • Mental Engagement: Enhance mental engagement at a Life Plan Community through increased social interactions and a variety of brain health programs that emphasize stimulating different brain areas. Each of our communities provide a rich environment for building connections and engaging in activities designed to maximize cognitive potential as residents age.
  • Social Connections: Significantly increase social connections by enjoying the vibrant social atmosphere at a Life Plan Community where residents can easily interact and participate in various group activities. This environment fosters new friendships and community involvement, ensuring that residents remain socially active and connected.

These are just five ways that a Life Plan Community can enhance your journey as your age. Choosing a Westminster Life Plan Community gets you access to life-enhancing services at your fingertips, an exciting and interesting calendar of lifestyle opportunities every day, and a supportive environment that embraces healthy aging and personal growth. Read the study for yourself and find the community that suits you today!

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