5 Benefits of Planning Ahead for Future Care

Future care planning

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 will require some form of long-term care services during their lives. However, the majority of Americans age 40 and over have done “little or no planning” for how they might pay for future care, according to the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. What’s more, only 32 percent of Americans have even discussed their future care wishes with their family, yet 90 percent think it’s important to do so per The Conversation Project’s National Survey. 

Learn what’s causing this disconnect and the benefits of future care planning here.

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Why We Aren’t Talking About Future Care Planning

Simply put: because it’s uncomfortable and depressing. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! In fact, The Conversation Project also reports that 21 percent of those surveyed say the reason they haven’t had the conversation with their family is specifically because they don’t want to upset them. 

Other reasons include not knowing where to begin planning or how to start the conversation. And, some people just don’t like to plan or hope they’ll be part of that lucky 30 percent that won’t end up needing long-term care.

But what most families don’t realize is that they aren’t really making things easier on themselves by putting this off.

Future Care Planning Benefits

While future care planning isn’t easy to talk about, it is perhaps one of the most important topics to discuss. Benefits to you and your family include:

  1. Decreasing potential for family conflicts – Chances are your family members have some differing views on how to handle caregiving, living arrangements, end-of-life decisions, and more. Having a plan in place resolves any confusion or disagreement by making sure everyone is on the same page. Not to mention your family will be able to spend more time being in-the-moment with you.
  2. Taking the burden off the family – No one wants to be a burden to their family and the reality is that it’s not necessarily the care needs that are; rather it’s the surprise. The stress of suddenly having to make these decisions when you don’t know what mom or dad would want, as well as the financial toll should your family have to cover expenses that could have been planned for in advance.
  3. Knowing what to expect financially – Speaking of finances, it’s common for families to underestimate the cost of care (particularly at home) and overestimate what Medicare will cover. Proper planning  can give everyone a better idea of what the costs might be, plus you have time to research potential funding options (there are more than you may think) including long-term care insurance if you are still in good health now.
  4. Giving you more control – Planning ahead puts you in the driver’s seat to ensure you’ll receive the future care you want instead of reaction driving those decisions in a time of crisis. Or worse, having others make those decisions should you not be able to speak for yourself. Having these conversations and putting a plan in place can also reduce anxiety over the “what ifs” you may be worrying about so you can focus on enjoying life.
  5. Easing the transition – By taking the time to think through your wants and needs now, you’ll be able to find what’s truly the best fit should long-term care be necessary for the future. And being able to carefully research all your options without pressure will ultimately give you more confidence in the decisions you make which can help ease the transition.

For more information on planning for future care, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!

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