A Blue Zones Approach to Successful Aging in Senior Living

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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. 



Blue Zones®, regions in the world where people live the longest, may hold the secret to successful aging, but want to know another secret? Senior living communities build on that same approach to help residents live their best lives. Sure, you could take the initiative all on your own to apply Blue Zones’ lifestyle traits, known as the Power 9®, to your everyday life, or better yet, you could simply enjoy reaping the benefits in senior living. Here’s how.

For more information on how we incorporate the Blue Zones’ approach into senior living, check out our Successful Secrets to Aging Guide!

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Putting the Power 9® to Work in Senior Living

Researchers have found that residents in Blue Zones share nine lifestyle traits that help them to live healthier, happier and longer lives. Our Vibrant Living program shows exactly how well the Power 9 can be incorporated into daily life in senior living:

1. Move Naturally – Stay active and avoid being sedentary.

  • Each of our senior living communities has a fitness area and offer fitness classes. What’s more, you’ll have access to experts who can help you create a personalized exercise plan as part of our health and wellbeing services.

2. Purpose – Have a reason to get up and out of bed every day.

  • The lifestyle here builds on the individual preferences of each resident with opportunities that empower your purpose through clubs and classes which offer the familiar along with the unexpected, as well as a range of volunteer opportunities to serve the local area.

3. Downshift – Find a routine that helps you reduce stress.

  • We know one of the biggest stressors for seniors is maintaining their home. To alleviate that stress, we offer conveniences such as home maintenance, housekeeping, laundry and social dining. With that extra time, you can relax in your spacious residence, enjoy nature on our beautiful grounds or even join one of our yoga or tai chi classes.

4. Hara Hachi Bu – Known as the 80% rule to stop eating before you feel full.

  • Menus in our senior living communities are always healthy, well-balanced and in appropriate portions. Plus, they are prepared by a dining staff familiar with your dietary restrictions and nutrition plan; often created in collaboration with a nutritionist or dietician.

5. Plant Slant – Eat a primarily plant-based diet.

  • The dining experience is one of the main benefits in senior living. Our restaurant-style dining rooms feature daily entrees, an a la carte menu, soup of the day, and delicious desserts, giving you ample variety to easily support your dietary preferences.

6. Wine @ 5 – Drink alcohol in moderation regularly and enjoy it with friends and food.

  • Whether it’s a Wine Tasting, a seasonal Cocktail Party, a Sip and Paint, Happy Hour in the pub or simply a drink with friends, you’ll have opportunity to enjoy the health and social benefits of moderate alcohol consumption as well, should you so choose.

7. Belong – Regularly participate in a faith-based community of some kind.

  • Our residents enjoy faith-based services onsite.  Many local places of worship offer transportation for residents.*  We also have a range of common spaces perfect for organizing your own bible studies. Many residents connect spiritually through meditation and time in nature as well.

8. Loved Ones First – Put family first in all decision making.

  • Family is everything and we consider each resident part of ours. That’s why our senior living communities make a point to involve loved ones not only in your care, but also daily life as well, whether it’s visiting, participating in activities, volunteering in the community and/or keeping in touch via FaceTime and Zoom.

9. Connection – Find a circle of friends that share your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

  • That’s easier than ever in senior living! Our communities have monthly calendars filled with opportunities to connect with friends and neighbors who share similar interests from social events, activities, classes, outings and a range of enrichment opportunities.

*At the time of writing our residents are sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, check out our Secrets to Successful Aging Guide, or contact a community near you to arrange a virtual tour!

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