It’s natural for older people in Georgia or elsewhere to want to cling to every bit of independence they can. This often leads to a struggle between aging parents and their loved ones who may try to convince them that the time has come to transition into an assisted living environment. In fact, approximately 25 percent of the senior citizens surveyed in one group had no personal control over their move to an assisted living facility.

It can be quite challenging for older people, who may have lived in the same house for decades, to get used to being around other people and to adapt to a new lifestyle that may include eating meals in a cafeteria style setting and having to eat at a certain time. Other types of problems often afflict elders in assisted living centers as well. For instance, many suffer from dementia — not enough to necessitate moving to a nursing home but enough to need help as they function on a daily basis.

Memory problems, incontinence, congestive heart failure, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis are also common among assisted living residents. Each of these issues may, at some point, require specialized care, which is expensive and can lead to problems concerning Medicare or other long-term expense issues. Some elders find they need more care than they thought they did when they first entered assisted living quarters. 

In such situations, it is not uncommon for assisted living residents to move to nursing homes or to move in with adult sons or daughters. Transitioning from one residence to another, as well as dealing physical or mental health problems, finances and other long-term care issues, can be quite stressful and upsetting for older adults. Many Georgia elders find it helpful to stay closely connected to experienced elder law attorneys, who can step up as needed to address any legal issues that arise.