Leaving a Legacy Could Mean How You Handle Topics About Aging, Like Assisted Living

August is What Will Your Legacy Be Month and it’s a good reminder for seniors and those looking forward to their retirement years to think about what family and friends, including children and grandchildren, will think of them once they’re gone. One a lot of people overlook is the importance in dealing with the natural effect of aging on a person’s life, mentality, and outlook.

For example, an aging senior may not want to consider assisted living, even though it could very well be the best option for them. If an elderly person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, for example, wishing to remain at home is fine, but they also need to consider just how significant the impact will be on their spouse, adult children, friends, and neighbors.

In many situations, memory care assisted living is best.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL:Leaving a Legacy Could Mean How You Handle Topics About Aging

There are plenty of individuals who face trying times, adversity, serious health issues, and terminal illnesses with a great deal of dignity and respect. The people around them — family, friends, colleagues, and others in the community — may often note how inspiring it was to witness that person deal with these circumstances in such a manner.

For those who want to leave a positive legacy for others, consider their own circumstances and how their responses to certain recommendations or options can affect the people most important to them.

Consider a belligerent response.
If adult children try to sit down and talk to an aging parent, for example, and they begin discussing their observations, the struggles he or she is having with their daily routine, and why it might be best to consider assisted living, if that elderly person begins yelling, screaming, slamming things, throwing things, storming out of the room and slamming the door, refusing to answer the phone for days or even weeks afterward, what kind of example does that send to their family, including grandchildren?

It may not be something a person wants to talk about. In many cases seniors can become defensive, assuming they’re about to lose control of their lives. It’s not an easy thing to feel as though one is losing control, no longer able to get out of bed safely on their own, having difficulty simply taking a shower or preparing a meal, and so forth.

Yet, the one thing every senior can still control is how they handle these adversities and recommendations from others. If a person wishes to truly leave a positive legacy for their family, they might not ultimately decide assisted living is for them, but they will be diligent to find out which elder care option serves them best.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living in Citronelle, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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