Benefits of Senior Living Communities over Staying at Home

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. 

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A statistic in a recent AginginPlace.org article titled “Aging In Place Vs. Assisted Living” stated that 90% of seniors between the ages of 60 to 70 are choosing to stay in their homes for up to the next 10 years. Of these, 65% of participants found living independently to be “very easy.” This means that many seniors still opt to reside in their homes despite the challenges of living alone. Every senior, however, is different and has varying reasons for wanting to stay in their home:

  • Their fear of losing independence 
  • The physical stress of actually moving
  • The emotional ties they have to the home
  • The anxiety of leaving their community 
  • Their fear of the unknown 
Choosing the right senior living community

 

While these concerns are both valid and powerful enough to convince our family members to stay put, it may not be the best choice for them. Another study found that adults over the age of 50 who are lonely or socially isolated may put their health at risk. Fortunately, for many seniors who have moved to a senior living community, it turned out to be a positive experience that has improved their quality of life.  Furthermore, moving to a senior living community can help to fight feelings of isolation and loneliness. Here are a few other benefits of senior living communities:

1. One fee for all the expenses

Many senior living communities are all-inclusive, which means that residents and their families won’t have to worry about all the monthly bills. Because seniors usually see bills piling up in their homes and are constantly bombarded by companies requesting payments, many have noted the efficiency that senior living offers. The bills are usually already taken care of in one handy fee check every month.

2. Five-star amenities right next door

In today’s senior living communities, many are designed to look like and feel like a resort-style vacation. They may offer language classes, fitness classes, community clubs, and many other amenities, without having to leave the community. There’s no need to worry about driving or keeping to  a schedule.

3. Delicious food on demand

One of the most important parts of aging is to maintain proper nutrition. Many seniors who live alone may prioritize convenience over health, and as such, may suffer from the effects of poor nutrition. In a senior living community, however, chefs are often trained in senior nutrition, allowing them to offer a range of healthy and delicious meal choices to meet their resident’s dietary requirements.

4. Developing meaningful relationships

With plenty of community amenities, many residents can find new friends who share the same interests. These relationships are made even stronger since they live near each other and can do the same activities together. Because of their close proximity and their similar interests, these friendships often become meaningful and long-lasting.

5. Higher sense of security

The apartments inside a senior living community are often equipped with an emergency response system, and some will even offer residents the option of a wearable alarm pendant. Doing this can help to provide the residents with a sense of safety. They won’t have to worry about falling or being left alone for hours or days.

As you can see from all the great benefits that senior living communities have to offer, it’s not always a good choice to just stay at home and assume that it is the better option. Seniors who prefer to have companionship, convenience, and great amenities are better off looking for a senior living community where they can socialize, grow, and live a fulfilling life. Get started looking for a senior living community for yourself or your loved one at Vitality Senior Living. And be sure to download the informative Vitality Living guide Choosing The Right Senior Living Community.

 

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