How We Honor Those Who Put Caring First During National Assisted Living Week

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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. 



To us, celebrating National Assisted Living Week is more important than ever because this year has shown irrefutably how essential these communities, and in particular the caregivers, are to seniors across the country. That’s why the theme, “Caring is EssentiAL” is so relevant now. Across our communities, team members have put caring first not only for our residents but also for each other as we’ve faced these challenging times together. Here’s how we’re honoring their efforts to go above and beyond.

Are you caring for a loved one yourself? At Vitality, we know it isn’t easy. That’s why we created a resource to help make caregiving days go a little more smoothly. The Caregiver’s Checklist: Supporting an Aging Parent covers a wide variety of topics ranging from creating a safe home environment to how to recognize the signs a senior needs more assistance. Download it with our compliments today!

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About National Assisted Living Week

This annual event was established by the National Center for Assisted Living in 1995 to encourage communities around the country to recognize their team and residents, as well as to educate on the benefits of this type of senior living. This year’s event takes place September 13–19.

We believe the educational aspect of the week is also incredibly important now. Because in addition to housing and support with daily activities as well as conveniences such as housekeeping and daily meals, assisted living also provides connection and peace of mind which is crucial to seniors and their families during COVID-19.

Not only do residents have everything they need under one roof so they don’t have to go into public spaces, our strong supply chain means you’ll never worry about out-of-stock necessities and 24-hour staffing ensures prompt assistance for any symptoms. What’s more, we have ample resources to keep residents engaged through technology, small groups and individual opportunities. Quite simply, even though there may be some physical distance between us, you’re never alone in assisted living!

National Assisted Living Week at Vitality

Although COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of life across the country and beyond, we remain 100 percent committed to our vision of creating vibrant assisted living communities where residents thrive, families engage and team members are proud to work. And it’s those team members, and their tireless dedication on the front lines since the pandemic began, that have been essential in bringing this vision to reality. They deserve our thanks (and to have a little fun)!

While adhering to safety requirements and precautions in place for COVID-19, this week’s activities will include:

Be sure to also check your local community’s Facebook page to see residents and team members enjoying the week!

Continuing the Celebration

Caring first is exemplified by our team throughout the year so we thought it fitting to honor them beyond National Assisted Living Week too. After all they’re our heroes! In fact, we created our own holiday for them, Vital Heroes Day, which we will continue to celebrate each year. This video shows just how much these caregivers mean to us, our residents and their families.

For more information on assisted living at Vitality, contact a community near you to schedule a virtual tour!

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