HOUSING COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY Secrets to Easing the Transition to Assisted Living n Jeff Anderson Change is difficult at any age, so it's natural that seniors sometimes have difficulties during their transition to assisted living communities. It's undoubtedly a very big lifestyle change. And while we are true believers in the benefits of assisted living, there's no getting around the fact that the move involves changes that seniors don't always like. Psychologist Dr. Deborah L. Stote said in a recent interview, "Older adults who are moving from their home into assisted living typically encounter varying degrees of adjustment disorder." Why Moving to Senior Living Can Be Challenging 60 Answers Guide 2016 Some of the difficult aspects of the move can include: n The need to significantly downsize, often from a spacious home to a more moderately sized apartment n Being forced into a new routine. For example, seniors who like to eat late dinner may not appreciate living in a community where dinner service ends at 7pm n Resentment about having to live with people who are frail or disabled (even when the senior frail or disabled herself) n Feelings of abandonment or betrayal n Frustration surrounding a perceived loss of independence Of course many seniors have no trouble at all ad- COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY IS A 501 (C)3 NONPROFIT CORPORATION. TO DISTRIBUTE ANSWERS FREE OFResource COST, WE MUST SELL ADVERTISING SPACE.| WHILE WE APPRECIATE THE PAID LISTINGS IN ANSWERS, THEIR Aging and Disability Connection 800-510-2020 | www.adrcoc.org INCLUSION DOES NOT IMPLY A RECOMMENDATION OR ENDORSEMENT OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES BY COAOC. ALWAYS BE A VIGILANT CONSUMER. VERIFY INFORMATION AND SEEK REFERENCES WHERE APPROPRIATE.