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OCT 2018

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P r e s by te r i a n s To d ay OCTOBER "Most older adults want to live some- where they and their families can both be engaged and stimulated." Dierent housing needs As we age, our needs for housing change. Choosing to live in a senior community can give life zest and meaning. The communities can bring together people who live with limited mobility in ways that may not be possible living at home without a driver's license. Art centers, kayaking clubs, woodshops and college classes are not unheard of on senior living campuses. "Too many people think that senior living means eating bad food and being con•ned to a small room," said the Rev. Cynthia Ray, executive director of the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. But the trend in senior living is to keep people independent and active for as long as possible. Sometimes this means being independent in a house or apartment. Other times it means living with some assistance. "A good community will offer activities that are more than time-•llers. The activities should include the •ve dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and vocational," Ray said. Finding the right home Because senior living is a fast-grow- ing business in a lot of states, there's competition to have good facilities and individualized programming choices. The latest models for com- munity living seek to empower the resident and re-create the kind of community and independence that many folks experience earlier in life. Finding the right •t for senior living can give the last third of life purpose and meaning. Here are some suggestions for

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