Why Do People Avoid a Move to a Safer Environment as They Age?


March 12, 2017

By: Peggy Garrett – Senior Advocate

There are as many reasons as there are people in the age group that is facing this dilemma:

  • Fear of Change (the unknown is frightening)
  • Overwhelmed
    • Task of Selling a House you have lived in for 30+ years.
    • What to take with you, the “S.T.U.F.F.” Superfluous Things Underfoot Forever!
    • What do you do with the memories?
    • What do I do with the collectibles?
    • What is my legacy – “How will I be remembered”?
  • Fear that every senior community is really the material of nightmares… a “Nursing Home” where they will be neglected and abused. Because movies and history of their own visits to the ancient Nursing Home are stuck in their minds.
  • Promise made not to “put” a loved one in a Nursing Home
  • Guilt – if you are the healthy spouse or other loved one there is guilt that you should take care of them and keep them at home.
  • Money – not enough funds to cover care
  • The list goes on!

Seniors who need care and their care givers who remain at home put both parties at


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