In earlier generations, aging parents moved in with their children. Some of my friends talk about their grandparents living with them while they were growing up. It still happens, but much less frequently in our twenty-first century.
With ever increasing longevity, parents, when financially able, prefer to live independently as long as possible. The people I am living with in my Senior Living Residence have decided on their own, or with the help of their adult children, to move to their “Last Stop.” This is a new societal endeavor and as I live it, I find it very successful.
I am following an unchartered trail. However, it is a path I want to share with my age mates who are trying to figure out the rest of their lives. Hopefully my experiences will also be helpful for baby boomers that are helping their parents make a decision about their “Last Stop.”
This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”
Read more about Margery’s life at a CCRC in “The Last Stop Part 2: A Way of Life in Progress.”