Of course Mom wants to grow old within her own home. Dad wouldn’t be able to give away his stuff; it’s better if he stays in the house we had growing up. Mom and Dad can manage their things by themselves. These are common assumptions about aging parents.
Seniors are people with a wealth of experience, knowledge and thoughts. And yet, because of the rampant ageism and impatience in our society, people rarely treat seniors as human beings. We often assume that they are senile, and revert to treating them as children, failing to appreciate that they are adults with feelings and memories. Practicing empathy is a way to combat this problem.
For anyone, the idea of moving into housing called “Independent Living” may seem unnecessary. Why choose an independent living community when you already living on your own? The truth is that “independent living” actually creates greater opportunities for extended independence, a quality of life that is valuable to everyone, and particularly seniors.