Solo Seniors are the growing number of older adults who are childless. While most older adults can rely on their children or spouse for assistance with planning for the future, Solo Seniors find themselves navigating many issues alone. In 2016, census information revealed that 28.2 percent of households in Canada were one-person households – a 25.7 percent increase from 2001. The most significant share of these households being in Atlantic provinces due to the aging population.
But, being a Solo Senior doesn’t have to be a scary thing! It’s more about taking the time to plan for the “what ifs” and making sure you will be taken care of in the future. We are living in a time where seniors are living longer, healthier lives and taking the following steps that we have outlined will help Solo Seniors navigate their future more successfully.
Origin Active Lifestyle Communities has always been a promoter of active lifestyles in older adults throughout Canada. The quality of life people experience in their later years can drastically improve by staying active and fully engaged in life!
Being physically active can be as simple as taking a brisk walk every morning or participating in a weekly or bi-weekly workout class. It is recommended that seniors aged 65 years or older achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week. Although beneficial for anyone, an active lifestyle is extremely beneficial for Solo Seniors as it helps maintain the ability to live independently by reducing the risk of falling and fracturing bones. As well as multiple health benefits such as minimizing the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Build a Network
One of the most important things a Solo Senior can do is develop a network. Whether its other family members, friends or neighbors, make sure you stay connected and close to people that you can lean on should an issue arise or check-in regularly with you.
Aside from having a network of people to rely on for future issues, it’s also critical for Solo Seniors also to have an active lifestyle socially. Unfortunately, living alone can lead to social isolation which can have devastating consequences such as an increased chance of developing depression and reduced cognitive ability.
Have a Plan for the Future
While it is important for Solo Seniors to take care of themselves physically and emotionally, it is also essential to take the time to focus on the logistics of the future. Answering questions like:
Who will make decisions (health, financial, etc.) for you, should you no longer be able to?
If you own your home, what is your estate plan?
Are all your legal documents in place?
No one wants to plan for the worst but having things in place should any issue arise will ensure things are handled smoothly under your terms.
Origin Active Lifestyles Communities offer independent living options that allow Solo Seniors to maintain their independence while having access to fitness classes, social events, high-quality meals and Origin team members who are there to offer assistance when you need it. Visit our website to learn more about our communities and services!