When moving for short-term rehabilitation or long-term residential care, many seniors worry about loneliness and social isolation. According to a 2013 briefing paper for the Council on Contemporary Families, 70 percent of widows and widowers moved in with their children 100 years ago. Today, only 38 percent will live with children. A full third of older Americans live alone, rising to 40 percent for those 85 and older.
Today, Generations at Elmwood Park knows how powerful community living can be when compared to living alone. When residents first arrive in our community, they are welcomed by staff and introduced to others that live “in the neighborhood.”
Residents enjoy the opportunity to make new friends while seeing that it is easy to maintain existing social connections. Visitors are encouraged to come by or even take the resident out for a meal or entertainment. Technology, including free Wi-Fi, is available for online calls and video chats so those that are long distance can say hello too.
Many residents are visited by family and friends; however, residents have found they can also stay active by attending activities or even volunteering within the Generations community.
At Generations at Elmwood Park, we welcome you to become part of our always growing family.