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Aging in place: senior living communities allow couples to stay together

CCRCs Allow Senior Couples to Stay Together, Receive Different Care

You’ve raised your children together. You’ve celebrated multiple career moves and a host of double-digit anniversaries. You know what the other will order for dinner and often clean each other’s plate. Then one day something shifts: He has a stroke that leaves him unable to get out of his favorite chair without assistance—but your health hasn’t changed.

You can’t imagine ever leaving his side. And yet, living together is becoming increasingly challenging. Now what? Many are turning to a continuing care retirement community  (or also known as a life plan community) to meet the different needs of each spouse. 

“You have to think about the illness first,” says Dr. Christine Fruhauf, associate professor and director of the Human Development and Family Studies Extension program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. “Conditions such as stroke or dementia can lead to safety concerns, and it’s important to seek outside intervention.” 

Click here to learn more how couples manage their lives when one spouse requires more care than the other in a senior living community.

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