Investing in Well-being: Senior Living Benefits Beyond Financial Security

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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. 



As we age, financial security becomes top of mind. A survey by the National Council on Aging found 71 percent of seniors rank it as very important, above keeping connected with friends and family, practicing healthy living habits and staying active with interests and activities. Costs rise and most post-retirement incomes do not. Senior living, often thought of as more costly than aging at home, is often less cost than staying at home with support services. One reason is the predictability of knowing how, when and what you can expect to pay for. Senior living also gives you benefits that go beyond financial security.

Above and Beyond Financial Security

With financial security in place, you can put more importance on the other factors mentioned above – friends and family, healthy living and staying active. We like to think of this as investing in your wellbeing, and that’s invaluable. Let’s look at each benefit in more detail.

Senior Living Keeps You Connected

The AARP Foundation calls social isolation a “growing health epidemic” among seniors and equates the health risks of prolonged isolation to the dangers of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Senior living communities fully understand this risk and make sure you have plenty of ways to meet new friends and keep in touch with friends and family. Opportunities include:

  • Common areas perfect for hosting friends and family
  • Technology available to foster connections and overcome barriers such as distance 
  • Special events that encourage family participation
  • Social Engagements that make it easy to interact with neighbors and make friends

For more information on the benefits of senior living, check out our Family Guide to Funding Senior Care & Housing!

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Healthy Living Can Be Convenient

The U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 67 percent of seniors are sedentary for at least 8.5 hours a day, which increases your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes and even cognitive decline. But at home it can be hard to get as much exercise as you need, particularly with mobility issues and/or a lack of transportation. The same holds true for nutrition. It’s just easier to opt for takeout or frozen meals, right? We get it!

A key benefit of life in a senior living community is the dining experience. Enjoy meals in a restaurant-style setting that often features daily entrees, an a la carte menu, Soup of the Day, fresh salad bar and delicious desserts. What’s more, menus are prepared by a dining staff that knows your dietary restrictions and/or preferences, often in collaboration with a nutritionist or dietitian to ensure a healthy, well-balanced diet.

And, right outside your door, you’ll find plenty of options to help you feel your best, such as:

  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Fitness center
  • Fitness classes including yoga and tai chi
  • Onsite spa and salon 

Staying Active Starts Now

Beyond staying physically active, it’s also important to stay mentally active. One reason is to help ward off Alzheimer’s disease which, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops every 65 seconds.  While there’s currently not a cure, research has shown that the brain benefits from staying both socially and cognitively active.

And that’s certainly easy to do in senior living as most communities have a dedicated program director and monthly calendars filled with options for any interests, such as:

  • Classes – cooking, crafts, art
  • Outings – restaurants, movies, cultural events, shopping, day trips
  • Clubs – book clubs, men’s club
  • Games – bingo, trivia, karaoke, brain games
  • Socials – happy hours, seasonal events, birthday celebrations
  • Church services 
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Educational events

Bonus Benefits

Senior living also offers benefits you may not even be thinking about right now. First, the environment fosters independence, perhaps even more so than at home, by providing just the right amount of support, if and when it’s needed.

Second, the lifestyle is worry-free with housekeeping and laundry provided. This bears repeating; you’ll be free of chores and maintenance! 

Lastly, senior living communities today offer home-like comfort with lush green landscaping, beautifully decorated interiors and spacious accommodations, often with multiple floor plans from which to choose, as well as safety features such as emergency response systems as standard.

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