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When’s the Best Time to Consider Independent Living?

January 15, 2024

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Did you know that in the United States alone, there are over 46 million individuals over the age of 65? As of the end of 2023, the last of the baby boomers have turned 65, and by 2050, the number of people over 65 is expected to reach almost 90 million.

What exactly do these numbers mean for senior living communities, and more specifically for independent living?

These rapidly growing numbers in the senior population mean that now, more than any other time, there are so many incredible opportunities within senior living communities that allow older adults to prioritize their future by filling their days with the things that bring them passion. It also means that independent living communities will quickly fill up within the next few of decades.

If you’re wondering when you should consider transitioning into an independent living community, Franciscan Ministries is here to help. Our independent senior living communities in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana provide joyful living that fits your lifestyle. When you decide you’re ready to simplify your life, you have plenty of options to enhance your retirement years.

Our team is sharing a few questions you should ask yourself to help you determine if you could benefit from an independent living community.

Has Home Maintenance Become a Challenge?

Taking pride in your home is important, but over time, the routine tasks and repairs that come along with home ownership and living on your own can become challenging. One of the greatest aspects of independent living is trading home maintenance for a carefree lifestyle.

You will no longer have to spend hours doing yard work, fixing house issues, or focusing on keeping your space clean every day. You’ll have more free time to spend on the things that truly matter to you, like your favorite hobbies and passions.

Our Franciscan Ministries senior living communities in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana offer home maintenance and housekeeping services to take care of your chores for you. In an independent living community, you can enjoy life on your own terms by focusing on what’s most important to you.

Does Your Social Life Need Enhancing?

Think about your social circle for a moment. How often are you able to spend time with your friends, and how often do you see your family members? If you feel as though your friendships and relationships are strained or could use nurturing, you are not alone. In fact, this is a common natural occurrence as individuals age. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that one-third of adults over the age of 45 often feel lonely in their daily lives, while one-fourth of adults over the age of 65 are considered socially isolated.

Social isolation and loneliness are major concerns for older adults. Facing challenges such as living alone, the loss of family members and friends, chronic illnesses, and hearing and vision loss can all contribute to a decrease in social interaction.

Independent living communities understand the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships and how this can become difficult for individuals over time. This is why communities like Franciscan Ministries offer the unique opportunity to enjoy regular interactions among residents. Thanks to the apartment-style living spaces, convenient amenities, and engaging activities and programs, it is easier to run into fellow neighbors, develop friendships, and truly connect with the people around you.

Do You Want to Find Your Purpose?

Beyond social connections and home maintenance, independent living communities encourage residents to find the activities, hobbies, and passions that help them live joyfully and with purpose. For example, our independent senior living communities in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana offer endless amenities and activities to help individuals discover what makes life meaningful for them. 

Is now the right time for you to consider transitioning into an independent living community? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may benefit from what this lifestyle option has to offer.

Franciscan Ministries provides many unique opportunities to discover your passions, foster meaningful connections, and enjoy a carefree lifestyle, helping you live joyfully.

If you are ready to take the next steps toward a fulfilling lifestyle, visit our website or contact a member of our team to learn more about what we have to offer.