It’s never too late to begin a new chapter of life. If you’re weighing the benefits of Victoria senior living communities for yourself or a parent, know that the move to senior living isn’t the end of a story. It’s the beginning of something new. Many older adults find new purpose and meaning in their golden years. Consider the recent viral story of a retired teacher who makes cards for soldiers at her Idaho retirement community. Or the many seniors who find love for the first—or second or third—time at a senior living facility.
Here’s what you need to know about making the next chapter of your parent’s life a grand adventure.
Why Happiness in the Senior Years Matters
Whether you’re already caring for an ailing parent or just worried about what will happen when your parent’s health declines, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Some caregivers focus solely on finding a safe place with excellent medical backup. While it’s important to ensure your parent is safe and well-cared-for, this isn’t where your search should end. Aging doesn’t change what it means to be human. It’s as important as ever for your parent to feel connected, valued, and engaged.
The benefits of finding senior living communities that support an active, social lifestyle include:
- More opportunities for exercise, which can improve memory, reduce the risk of dementia, lower osteoporosis risk, improve cardiovascular health, increase longevity, and support long-term mental health.
- Greater mobility among seniors who have more opportunities to socialize with others.
- Better health among seniors who remain socially engaged. Seniors who have health problems decline more slowly when they have frequent opportunities for socialization.
- A longer life. One study found that seniors with few social connections were 50 percent more likely to die in a seven-year timespan.
Perhaps most important of all, an active and engaged senior living community is more attractive to seniors ready to move out of their homes. If you’re worried about your parent’s health or concerned about a parent who is stubbornly independent, you’re more likely to get buy-in from your parent if you offer a senior living community with a vibrant community and active lifestyle.
How Communities Support a Fuller Life
Older adults are understandably often concerned about a transition to senior living. All older adults deserve a joyful retirement, filled with opportunities to live out their passions and seek new thrills. Unfortunately, many older adults find that as their retirement stretches on, so do physical frustrations and feelings of isolation. As older adults’ bodies change, so too do their opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and explore the world.
Senior living communities expand horizons for older adults by offering friendship, exercise, and activities all in one place. Worries about driving on the highway or at night with failing eyesight melt away. Memory concerns that make going out alone impossible no longer hold older adults back. And for seniors who are still in excellent health, integrating into a vibrant community now offers hope that potential future health problems don’t have to mean a more constrained existence.
Maintaining as Much Independence as Possible
Whether we’re eight or 80, we all want to lead independent lives. Older adults transitioning to senior living may worry about sacrificing their independence. Seniors who choose Vitality communities gain more independence, not less. They no longer have to rely on loved ones to transport them to activities or manage health concerns. They don’t have to worry about falls or unpaid bills. Our supportive communities meet older adults where they are, providing safe and active opportunities to age in place.
Freedom to Focus on Family
The relationship between a parent and child is among the most complex, nuanced, and meaningful there is. Too often, a senior parent’s health problems shift that relationship from one of care and mutual concern to one of caregiving. This can drain the child’s emotional and physical resources, undermine the parent–child bond, and leave senior parents feeling more dependent and less dignified.
The right senior living arrangement offers a renewed focus on all that’s good about parent–child relationships. Older adults don’t have to feel dependent and don’t have to worry about becoming a burden. Children can rest easy knowing that their parents are safe, allowing them to enjoy family time once again.
Opportunities at Vitality in Victoria
There are new opportunities for older adults to live a full and engaged life at Vitality Court in Victoria, Texas, every day. Here are a few examples of what Vitality Court offers:
- Invigorate your days with yoga, gardening, dance, walks, and more
- Rediscover a passion, learn something new, and swap stories with new friends
- Look as good as you feel with an onsite spa and salon experience
- Feel your best with health and wellbeing services
- Explore and learn at Experience U
At Vitality, we believe living your best life starts with your environment. Learn more about what type of community is the best fit for your parent in our free guide, The Complete Guide to Choosing Between Senior Living Options.