Free Program Helps Metro Seniors Navigate Complexities of Downsizing with Dementia
OKLAHOMA CITY (July 26, 2021) – To help seniors and their families navigate downsizing due to dementia or other memory-related issues, Oklahoma City’s Senior Living Truth Series will host a free seminar at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. Called “Downsizing with Dementia: Options, timing and transitions,” the conversation is part of a monthly education program founded by Dr. Nikki and Chris Buckelew.
“Making decisions both with or for someone suffering from memory impairment can be both overwhelming and exhausting,” says Nikki Buckelew, PhD., downsizing coach at OKC Mature Moves. “Moving and downsizing are common when individuals need dementia-related support. Yet, for many, these decisions are difficult and accompanied by significant ambivalence. That’s why seminars like this one are so vital.”
It is estimated that one in six women and one in 10 men who live past 55 will develop dementia in their lifetime. However, few caregivers plan for how such a diagnosis may impact where a loved one will live and receive care if they begin showing symptoms. Despite preferences for aging at home, dementia may eventually necessitate a move.
“We often receive calls from families seeking a memory care option for one or more individuals that want to continue living together,” said Danny Eischen, CEO of Concordia Life Plan Community, a senior living community in northwest Oklahoma City. “Many times, minor memory care concerns quickly become major problems with little or no warning. Older adults need to understand the options that exist. We are grateful for the Senior Living Truth Series and programs like it that empower mature adults with preparation before a need arises.”