Dispelling the Most Common Fears Seniors Have About Senior Living 

dispelliung the most common fears 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. 



If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a loved one, you’re probably anxious, apprehensive, and even scared. 

Everyone has heard stories about how bad it is to live in a senior living community. You’ve probably heard your share. However, senior living communities like Vitality Living are evolving to meet the growing senior community’s needs, demands, and expectations. 

To help you get a better understanding of today’s senior living communities, we’re dispelling the most common fears seniors have about senior living! 

Fear: Senior Living Is Unaffordable 

Senior living costs vary depending on the location, type of community, services, and amenities. However, you may find the cost to be manageable with careful planning and research.  

Before you begin visiting senior living communities- make a list of the services and amenities you genuinely need to be happy; this will help you keep things in perspective when touring different communities. 

Speak with your accountant and financial advisor for information on covering senior living costs. Long-term insurance, government programs, savings, home equity, and investments are great options for paying for senior living. 

Fear: Seniors Are Not Cared for Well in Senior Living  

One of the biggest fears of seniors and their families is that their wellness is not looked after in senior living communities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s senior living communities are committed to the health and wellness of residents. 

According to the International Council on Active Aging, 60% of senior living professionals reported that their communities will be based on a wellness lifestyle by 2023. 

Residents in senior living communities enjoy delicious healthy food options, diet and nutrition, fitness, and even meditation classes. 


Fear: Senior Living Is Boring 

If your idea of senior living is a bunch of older adults sitting around watching TV and playing bingo…   

Think again! 

Today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever! They’re living longer and want to enjoy retirement in senior living communities that offer a variety of planned social activities and events.  

Retirement and active adult living communities are perfect for active seniors. Residents in these communities routinely spend their days: 

  •  Traveling 
  • Volunteering and contributing to their community 
  • Golfing  
  • Socializing with friends 
  • Enjoying new hobbies 
  • Exploring new interests 
  • Participating in classes 
  • Going to the spa  Dining with residents 

Fear: Senior Living Is Only for Ill Seniors 

Many people mistakenly think that senior living communities are only for severely ill seniors with no chance of getting better. 

Senior living communities are also for seniors who have suffered injuries, need help with chronic conditions, or are recovering from health or mental challenges. Residents can access teams of medical professionals, including occupational, physical, and speech therapists, to help them recover and return to their families and lives. 

Fear: Senior Living Communities Have Terrible Food 

Food is an integral part of life. We celebrate with food! We use food for comfort! We enjoy the company of friends and family with great food! 

Senior living communities understand the importance that food plays in the health and happiness of residents. Many senior living communities employ professional chefs to create various delicious food options.  

Residents enjoy everything from fresh fish, pasta, vegetarian dishes, lamb chops, and pasta. In addition, cafes, elegant dining rooms, outdoor dining, and bistros are typical in senior living communities.   

Vitality Living’s Family Decision Toolkit is the perfect resource to help you dispel any fears about senior living. 


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