Visit almost any senior living provider’s website and surely there is some variation of the sentiment: Find your independence here.
For many older adults, the fear of letting go of their homes means much less than independence, but for Don Hogenson, an 81-year-old retiree, making the move to senior housing meant the freedom of living a full life.
Or so the North Dakota independent living resident writes in a recent column for USA Today.
“The keys to independence and freedom are not found in the isolation trap of living alone in a house,” Hogenson writes. “They are found in knowing that when you wake up in the morning, you can do whatever you want.”
The widower moved into a Touchmark retirement community in Fargo, N.D., in 2013, and found that being around other people experiencing the stimulation of friends offered a whole new kind of independence.
“Leaving my home was a difficult decision but the advantages of an independent living facility quickly became apparent,” Hogenson writes. “It gave me the freedom to enjoy things, independently and at my own pace.”
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Written by Emily Study