Determining Your Needs and Wants in Senior Living 

Determining your needs and wants in senior living

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. 



Finding the perfect senior living community takes time and effort. You must research communities, schedule tours, meet with community directors, evaluate your finances, and choose the ideal community.   

Choosing a senior living community is a big decision, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the massive number of choices and the differences in services and amenities offered at individual communities.   

You’ll find that some communities offer basic services and amenities, while others offer upscale amenities such as pools, spas, luxury living spaces, and personal concierge services. Of course, you want to enjoy retirement (and you should) with as many luxuries as possible, relaxing by the pool, socializing with friends, freedom from worries while traveling, and taking up new hobbies.  

You’ll want to have a realistic expectation of costs and available options. Senior living communities cost an average of $4,500 per month for assisted living care, depending on where you live and the services and amenities offered.  

Before you start researching and visiting senior living communities, take the time to evaluate the services and amenities that are must-haves vs. those that would be nice but unnecessary.   

Here’s what you should consider when determining your needs from your wants in senior living: 

Determining Your Needs in Senior Living 

Needs are what you need to survive. We all need food, shelter, water, and sleep to survive. In addition, we all have needs that are unique to our individual preferences and lifestyles. We should consider these needs whether we’re buying a car or choosing a senior living community.   

Your personal needs when evaluating senior living communities should include:  

  • Personal Care: Seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, toileting, dressing, medication administration, or eating need senior living communities that provide help with personal care. 
  • Nutritional Needs: Do you or a loved one have specific dietary needs (special diets, food allergies) critical to managing a health condition?  Make sure you select senior living communities that can accommodate special dietary needs. 
  • Memory Care: People with memory issues need specialized care offered at senior living communities like Vitality Living. 


Determining Your Wants in Senior Living 

We’d all like to live in a community with an Olympic-size swimming pool, personal concierge services, five-star meals, a personal trainer, private transportation, and luxury living spaces. But do you need these services and amenities to enjoy life? Probably not! 

For those who don’t have unlimited money, we must consider what’s truly important to us to live a fulfilling and happy life. 

Making a Choice 

Now that you’ve determined your needs and wants in senior living, make a list that includes your needs on one side and wants on the other. Evaluate both and choose with consideration to your social expectations, budget, and health, 

You’re choosing your new home, and you want to make sure you select a community that meets your needs and wants. Your needs and wants are unique to you, and there’s no correct answer, so make sure you take an honest assessment of what’s most important to your health and happiness! 

If you need help or have questions about senior living, download our informative, free Family Decision guide to learn more. 


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