Ensuring Your Vitality: 3 Ways Senior Living Is More Viable Than You Think


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. 



A recent Transition to Retirement Study found that soon-to-be retirees mainly want three things from this time of life. They want more time to spend with family, to relax and to travel; the flexibility to do what they want; as well as freedom from financial worries. Yet the AARP cites that nearly 90 percent of Americans want to age at home for as long as possible. To us, this represents a bit of a conundrum because there’s nothing that ties you down more than owning a home. We suspect many retirees agree, but automatically dismiss senior living as an option because they assume they can’t afford it. You’ll love being wrong here because we’ll show you how senior living can help you achieve what you want in retirement and be more viable than you think.

Vitality Can Be Viable

The ‘wants’ above  – more time, flexibility and freedom – each speak to the vitality retirees want as they age. Today’s retirees don’t want to slow down, they want to live and grow and just enjoy life. But what’s the best way to do that? Let’s tackle each ‘want’ with a comparison of its viability at home versus senior living.

  1. More Time – Well for one thing, owning a home comes with a lot of to-dos. There’s the yard work and maintenance, housekeeping, laundry and cooking to start. Even if you outsource help with these tasks, not only may the cost become problematic (especially over the long term), you’ll also have the hassle of managing everyone you’ve hired. On the other hand, in senior living all the tasks mentioned above are taken care of for you – and typically included in your monthly cost – freeing up plenty of time for family, travelling or well-deserved relaxation.
  2. Flexibility to Do What You Want – It’s hard to get up and go on when you have to worry about the house while you’re away. Is it secure? What if a problem comes up? The mail? The flowers? And so on. The ability to do what you want also means having access to those things. At home, that may not necessarily be convenient if there are transportation and/or mobility issues. In senior living, life is lock-and-go and also offers you access to a host of social opportunities, classes, fitness options, activities, outings and more for any interests – all right outside your door.
  3. Freedom from Financial Worries – Again, it’s hard to enjoy retirement if you’re always worrying about when the next big home expense is going to pop up.  And quite simply, it’s hard to feel free when there’s little to no predictability over your future living or health expenses. Senior living can help take that weight off your shoulders because these communities typically offer a range of pricing options, from all-inclusive of every service and amenity offered, to tiered pricing, to a la carte in which you pay a base rate and have the option to add the services and amenities you want and need. Knowing how, when and what you can expect is invaluable piece of mind.
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The True Test of Home Versus Senior Living

What often goes overlooked when comparing home versus senior living is the true cost of living at home. It’s not just mortgage or rent. You also pay for food, utilities, home maintenance, property taxes, insurance, entertainment and healthcare. Then factor in the cost of at-home care and/or modifications you may need down the road for a true comparison. Once you’ve done this, you may 

find senior living is actually less expensive! Or at the very least, much more viable.

And don’t forget options such as the Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit, Long-Term Care Insurance and Life Insurance Conversion, which can also help you offset the cost.

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