Creating a Vivid Life When Retiring in Arlington, VA

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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. 



What are your options for living well when retiring in Arlington, VA? There are more than you can imagine in our Vitality community! At Vitality in Arlington, VA, we focus on three pillars that make up our Vivid Life Program: Vibrant Connections, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Body. We believe these cornerstones—connection, purpose, and energy—are the key to a satisfying life, and our goal is to empower residents to achieve them each day. Here’s how. 

Retiring in Arlington, VA 

Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is notable for being the home of the Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. However, there are many other reasons to consider retiring in Arlington, VA, from an abundance of cultural events to a wide variety of fitness opportunities. 

Our community in Arlington, VA also features the highest quality in living accommodations, maintenance-free living which includes home and yard upkeep and housekeeping, amenities such as a salon/barbershop, concierge services, and transportation, and health and well-being services, all performed by knowledgeable and caring team members. 

For more information on retiring in Arlington, VA, download our Guide to Living Well During Retirement today!


Vibrant Connections in Arlington, VA 

Retirement is a time of more freedom, more time to relax, and more time to connect. Through Vibrant Connections at our Vitality community in Arlington, VA, we offer resident-led clubs, social events, and creative arts for any interest onsite in addition to offsite outings that may include: 

  • Destinations – Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington House Museum, and the Pentagon 
  • Festivals – Clarendon Day (diverse street festival in September each year – easily within walking distance of Vitality), the Fall Heritage Festival (held in October at the historic Walker Log House), Ballston Quarter also holds several events throughout the fall, including a Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch and Fall Market 
  • Arts – Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Signature Theatre, and the Kennedy Center, plus the many world-class theatres, museums, and cultural centers across the Potomac in Georgetown and Washington, D.C. 
  • Religious organizations – Places of worship in Arlington, VA- include Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Clarendon United Methodist Church, St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church, Clarendon Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Congregation Etz Hayim, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center; all within a short distance of our Vitality community. 

Vibrant Brain in Arlington, VA 

We’re focused on healthy aging at Vitality in Arlington, VA and the benefits of keeping your brain active go hand-in-hand with that. That’s why we offer monthly calendars filled with classes, volunteer opportunities, and enrichment opportunities onsite to give you purpose in addition to local offsite opportunities such as: 

  • Learning – Arlington’s Central Public Library is a short distance from our Vitality community and offers in-person and online events, including book clubs and language and technology classes 
  • Volunteering – The Arlington, VA area offers plenty of options which can be searched on Volunteer Arlington’s website 

Vibrant Body in Arlington, VA 

Physical activity and eating well are a big part of healthy aging. When retiring at a Vitality community in Arlington, VA, you’ll find amenities such as: restaurant-style dining with chef-prepared menus, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and tai chi classes, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park that help you do just that. Plus, residents also enjoy these local opportunities: 

  • Fresh foods – FRESHFARM Ballston Farmers’ Market is held Thursday afternoons between April and November at Welburn Square, and there’s a Farmer’s Market every Saturday in the summer 
  • Fitness –YMCA Arlington (offers health and wellness programs, and sports and wellness programs including aquatics and group exercise classes), Unity Woods Yoga Center, Mind the Mat Yoga, Pilates Center, Gold’s Gym, SPENGA, VIDA Fitness, and Onelife Fitness. 
  • Nature – Potomac Heritage Trail, Mt. Vernon Trail, WNL trail, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, and James I. Mayer Center for Environmental Education 

For more information on retiring in Arlington, VA, download our guide to Living Well During Retirement today! Or contact us today to schedule a tour. 


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