Seniors speak about importance of independent living

As the senior population continues to grow, many retirement communities across the country are evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the demographic. One of the only ways to be sure they're making the right moves is to speak to seniors directly, which a group of retirement community officials recently did at an Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) meeting.

The conference hosted a panel of seniors and family members who had helped their older loved ones move into a retirement community. One of the most common desires among seniors is  a community that does not separate them from the rest of the world. Whether it be continuing education or volunteering, they want to be able to maintain their independent lifestyle.

"Just because you live in a senior living community does not cut you off from what goes on in the rest of the world," said one panelist.

Although there is an emphasis placed on independent living, that does not mean retirement communities can ignore the medical needs of their residents, and according to ALFA, many of these residences are revamping their efforts to keep better records. In particular, some want to embrace electronic record keeping and medication administration.