Helping Your Loved One Say ‘Yes’ to 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. 



You know in your heart that a move to senior living would benefit your loved one tremendously, but will they agree? What if they are flat-out resistant to the idea altogether? If your loved one has been living at home, this would undoubtedly be a big change. Their potential hesitations, questions, and emotions over the idea are certainly understandable. However, these tips can make it easier for you to help your loved one say ‘yes’ to senior living.

Get To the Root of It

One of the best ways to overcome any hesitations your loved one might have over moving to senior living is to understand their mindset and what this change represents for them. Often it’s seen as a turning point, where their aging fears start to become more real. For example, common aging fears include:

  • Loss of independence
  • Declining health
  • Running out of money
  • Losing loved ones
  • Having to depend on others
  • Not being able to drive
  • Being isolated and lonely
  • Falling or becoming disabled

Having open, honest discussions with your loved one about their hopes and fears for the future can help you to pinpoint what benefits of senior living speak to those feelings so you can put their mind at ease.

Give It Time

More often than not, it seems like the discussion on senior living comes after a crisis or otherwise immediate need to move. Quite simply, that makes the transition much harder for everyone. By planning ahead and starting the conversation sooner, your loved one has more time to fully process their feelings and begin to embrace this new opportunity; not to mention, they can be more involved in choosing the senior living community, which can also help them feel more comfortable with the decision, knowing they’ve had some control over the process.

During this time, it’s also important to have patience with your loved one, continue those open, honest discussions, and really listen. Plus, your reassurance that you’ll still be just as much of a part of each other’s lives after the move will go a long way, too.

Focus on the Positives of Senior Living

In addition to better understanding where your loved one is coming from and giving them time to fully embrace the idea, another way to help them say ‘yes’ to senior living is to focus on the positives of the situation. Of course, it’s hard to leave home, and this is a big move. We’re certainly not discounting those things, but they’re leading your loved one to benefits that can help them not only to perhaps have a better quality of life but also to fully make the most of life with: 

  • Peace of mind in knowing support is always at hand– This may help your loved one feel more confident and independent than they were at home. 
  • Freedom from chores and home maintenance – We take care of the yard work, home maintenance, housekeeping, and meals, so instead, your loved one can focus on doing the things they love the most.
  • A lifestyle that’s active and connected – Which is much easier here than at home with a full calendar of social activities, outings, classes, clubs, and volunteer opportunities all planned for your loved one and right outside their door!
  • A focus on wellbeing – With wellness services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and Tai Chi classes, onsite spa and salon experiences, and even chef-created menus that use fresh, locally-grown ingredients for meals that are nutritious and delicious!
  • Conveniences that make life easier – Amenities include multiple dining venues, onsite beauty salon, concierge services, transportation, pool, library, dog park, and walking trails on beautiful grounds.

Have Them See for Themselves

Lastly, we know seeing is believing, so plan a tour of the communities you’re considering, attend events, and/or have lunch with your loved one there if possible; this will allow you both to get a true feel for the environment, be able to talk to residents and get all your questions answered to help your loved one be ready to say ‘yes’ to senior living.

Check out our guide on Choosing the Right Senior Living Community for more information. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!



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