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A second home: everything you need to know about assisted living facilities

Carmen Saleta has managed to be happy and stay active in a senior residence. We explain how, while experts help you and your family prepare for life as a senior.

Carmen Saleta, 90, has felt rejuvenated since she moved to an assisted living facility in 2011. Her goal is to reach 100 as cheerful and active as she is today. “I’m independent, I can bathe alone and take my medicines without help. I love to eat, dance and sing,” said this Dominican grandmother, who is also a cancer survivor. She lives at Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon, a non-profit assisted living facility for low and moderate-income seniors in Miami, Florida.

“I came to visit my friend Maruja and since that day I wanted to live here,” she said. She previously lived with her son in Boca Raton, where she mentioned she had everything but “felt a little lonely.” Saleta has four children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who visit her often.