I snapped this picture while I was out visiting senior communities yesterday. They were the cutest couple walking hand in hand past me in the lobby, their faces lit up by their smiles. They were both dressed up for lunch. He had on a bow tie and she had nice make up and a twinkle in her eye like one you’d see on a giddy high school girl. They were heading to the dining room and while they were seated, I caught a glimpse of their ringer fingers. No rings on this couple. For sure they were giving off the boyfriend/girlfriend new relationship vibe.
Last month, I saw the first client we ever moved, a single woman, enjoying breakfast with her boyfriend. (I confirmed this by re-introducing myself and getting the scoop from the clients I was dining with.)
I can say in all sincerity, I would not be in the senior move business if I didn't believe there was so much value in senior community living way beyond what money can buy. If I had to take bets, I would wager these two couples would never have connected if they remained in their respective homes with part-time caregivers coming in to visit while filling their days in front of the television.
As a hopeful romantic, it gave me great pleasure to see love could put a twinkle in your eyes any age.
When making the decision about senior living and whether it’s the right decision, of course you’ll consider the usual factors like the cost of living, more nutritious food, less uncertainty with unforeseen home expenses, another set of eyes protecting you from elder fraud. You also need to account for intangibles like holding hands and falling in love.
Jami Shapiro is President of Silver Linings Transitions. As a cancer survivor, she embraces aging and the challenges it presents.