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December 27, 2017 06:22 PM

Make A Plan For Your Future

Spending time with family may be what you look forward to most during the holiday season and that may be especially true for those family members you haven't seen in awhile. 

For many adults, the family time shines a light on the changes their parents are going through that come with aging.

Sixteen years ago, 90-year-old Betty Kime decided it was time to move into assisted living.  

"When I first came I was quite capable yet, but my health has declined over the years. It's comforting to my sons," Kime said. 

Kime was living in Florida, but wanted to be closer to her sister in Sioux Falls. 

"I've not been sorry that I did. But to give up Florida after 42 years, that was difficult," Kime said. 

Kime was able to care for herself at the time of move-in, but says she made the choice because she wanted to be prepared. 

"Even if you don't see it as an immediate future need, check it out at least. Make some plans, because you never know what down the road might look like. You might surprise yourself with having it be something you actually want to do," Kjersten Joachim said. 

Joachim says this time of year there's an uptick in calls about assisted living facilities, due to the family time taking place over the holidays. 

"They notice that mom or dad maybe isn't doing as well as maybe they saw them last time, so it's a good time of year to have those conversations," Joachim said. 

Assisted living is more than just a place to sleep. In fact, some might compare it to small town living.

"There's friendships that develop. There's so many different activities and things they can do to really enrich their days and really put purpose into their days as opposed to not really having a lot going on," Joachim said. 

Kime is happy with her decision to move to Dow Rummel Village, and hopes those who need the help will follow in her footsteps. 

"There's certain things that you just cannot accomplish by yourself, and it's important that you have help when you need it," Kime said.

Kime only has one complaint... 

"It was a good move, I'm not sorry at all that I came... but I still miss Florida," Kime said. 

If you're interested in touring Dow Rummel Village assisted living, you can attend their open house that's taking place this Saturday. For more details, visit the event's page on Facebook.

Review additional resources for aging on our First Step To Care page

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