Is Senior Living the Right Decision?

Is Senior Living the Right Decision

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. 



Deciding to move a loved one into a senior living community can be challenging. Whether your loved one is healthy and thinking about retiring or is beginning to struggle with personal care, determining if it’s the right time for senior living is a life-changing decision.

Learn More About Why Senior Living Communities are Becoming More Popular

First, know you’re not alone. According to the American Health Care Association, there are over 800,000 Americans residing in assisted living communities.

Seniors moving out of a family home may struggle with leaving precious memories and long-term neighborhood friends behind. In addition, family members may also have a hard time selling a family home.

It’s perfectly normal to be stressed, overwhelmed, and even a little scared when contemplating a move to senior living. We’re here to help!

These questions can help you decide if senior living is the right decision for a loved one.

Is Your Loved One Struggling with Personal Care?

One of the first signs it may be time for senior living is a loved one having challenges with daily living activities (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, or using the toilet. In addition, if a loved one’s once pristine home is showing signs of neglect, it may be time for additional help.

Senior living communities offer a maintenance-free lifestyle that includes daily help with personal care, laundry services, and housekeeping.

Would Your Loved One Benefit from Additional Social Opportunities?

Many active seniors are healthy but have difficulty socializing because of difficulty driving or limited mobility. Vibrant senior living communities like Vitality Living regularly organize events, activities, and local trips. In addition, residents also have access to incredible amenities like fitness centers, spas, beauty shops, walking trails, and dining areas.

Many seniors thrive and find that they love the fantastic social opportunities offered in retirement and active adult communities.


Is Safety a Concern?

Break-ins, falls, and injuries are significant concerns for seniors who live alone.

Senior living communities keep residents safe with 24-hour on-site security, safety features like guard rails, ramps, grab bars, medical personnel, and advanced security systems.

Are You Experiencing Caregiver Burnout?

Caring for someone your love is rewarding. However, managing the emotional aspects of caring for a loved one, working, maintaining a home, and caring for your family can take a toll.

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, resentful, or neglecting your physical and mental health, it’s time to ask for help.

Senior living communities have professionals that are not only there to take care of residents but they can also offer much-needed support to family members.

Are You Worried About Isolation?

Even the most well-meaning families may have difficulty visiting older loved ones regularly. A loved one showing signs of loneliness or depression should be taken seriously. Isolation and loneliness are significant concerns for seniors who live alone.

A Center for Disease Control report found that isolated adults are at a greater risk for physical ailments such as heart disease, stroke, and obesity. In addition, older adults who are isolated are also at risk for dementia, anxiety, and depression.

Having access to activities and being able to meet new people and make connections is crucial to the health and wellness of seniors. Senior living communities are the perfect environment to combat isolation and loneliness in older adults.

If you have additional questions or need more help deciding if senior living is right for your loved one, our Family Decision Guide can help! Visit Vitality Living to find a community in your area or to speak with a senior living professional.


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