The Benefits of Assisted Living Are Much More than Assistance with 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. 



There are many misconceptions, myths, and beliefs about senior living communities that aren’t necessarily correct. While we all know that assisted living is a great solution for older family members who need further care, some believe that this is the only purpose it serves. As such, many seniors get the wrong impression about assisted living, they think that they’ll lose independence when in reality, they’ll be able to take charge of their lives. Here are just a few assisted living benefits: 

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1. Wellness programs

Assisted living communities believe that their residents should feel and look good, which is why many offer wellness programs and fitness activities. They generally include activities such as aerobics, strength training, walking clubs, and yoga. Other communities may also offer fitness centers equipped with recumbent bikes and treadmills, while indoor pools at some communities are also popular options for health and wellness sessions. 

2. Expanding social networks 

Another benefit to assisted living communities is that they provide residents with the opportunity to socialize through both structured and freeform activities. The seniors are also given several social, creative, and spiritual activities they can participate in. Some activities range from book clubs to craft clubs, and even computer classes, allowing for a diverse range of social networks to be formed.

3. Freedom from home maintenance

As our loved ones grow older, we may notice that they can no longer keep up with all the household chores they used to do, and as a result, it may become frustrating to them. And due to their advancing age, some chores may even become dangerous for them to do. At the same time, having to do such tasks may limit their time for things that they can enjoy doing, like pursuing their hobbies or traveling.

4. Delicious meals everyday 

Older adults living alone may no longer be able to cook meals, and as a result, they resort to eating fast food or frozen dinners, which are often high in sodium and saturated fats. By moving our loved ones to an assisted living community, we not only provide them with access to delicious and nutritious meals and snacks every day, but they will also be provided with a variety of dining options. Many communities offer dining options from formal dining rooms to casual bistros, which the residents are sure to enjoy.

5. Transportation services 

A popular and necessary service that many residents appreciate about assisted living communities is transportation. This is a particularly convenient service, especially for older adults who are no longer driving. And for those who need to do local errands, attend an appointment, or just do some shopping, a transportation team is a huge benefit.

Through the important points above, we can conclude that assisted living provides much more than assistance. Through the various services that assisted living communities offer, our loved ones can live a happier and more fulfilled life. Provide your elderly family members with the greatest years of their life by heading over to our website at Vitality Senior Living.  And be sure to download the informative Vitality Living guide Choosing The Right Senior Living Community.


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