America is getting older. Baby-boomers are confronted with the problem of helping their elderly parents find the best living situation for their old age. It won’t be long before their own children will find themselves in the same situation.
One of the most promising retirement alternatives today is the Assisted Living Facility, a residence in which elderly people can live autonomously yet be provided with necessary services like food, housekeeping, on-premises medical attention and social activities.
Most of the information available to prospective residents and their adult children comes from the brochures of these very enterprises and a handful of books on the subject. None of these publications were written by a resident of one of these facilities.
I have been a resident in assisted living facilities for over four years. I’m a trained psychologist, naturally inclined to observe human behavior wherever I go. My book, Assisted Living: An Insider’s View, is a unique combination of descriptions of day-to-day operations in assisted living, personal impressions, and observations of fellow-residents and how they interact. I am uniquely qualified to write about the difference between a successful and unsuccessful experience for the resident in assisted living.
I’m certain that it will be a valuable resource for people who are either considering making the commitment to assisted living or are urging an ageing parent to do so.