The Key to Quality of Life as You Age

The Key to Quality of Life as You Age

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 you age, you hear a lot of talk about quality of life. Everyone seems to want to help you maintain it or better it. But what exactly does the term mean? The Google dictionary defines it as “the standard of health, comfort and happiness experienced by an individual or group.” Clear as mud right? What’s most important is how you define a good quality of life, and as you consider senior living, where you can find the fit for those expectations. We can help.

Beyond the Physical

In the past, quality of life focused mainly on the physical aspect. Today, with all the advances in medicine we’re living longer, and as a result have the luxury of broadening that focus to one of overall wellness. In fact, the International Council on Active Aging has identified seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, vocational, social, spiritual and environmental. Many senior living communities are taking this lead to create lifestyles that enhance quality of life within all these dimensions.

Choosing Your Senior Living Lifestyle

So to hone in on what quality of life really means to you, a great way to start is by identifying the lifestyle you want and need. Our goal is to create vibrant senior living communities where you can be yourself, live purposefully and experience a profound sense of belonging. To do that we believe you need an environment tailored to where you’re at in order to thrive and live your best life.

That’s why we offer three different lifestyle options:

Retirement Living – A lifestyle for those ready to engage in favorite interests, hobbies, passions and new opportunities rather than maintaining a home. Services and amenities such as housekeeping, maintenance, meals, life-engagement and transportation are included in monthly rent.

Assisted Living – This lifestyle promotes your independence and well-being with supportive services and personal care. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, transportation, housekeeping and maintenance along with planned social, fitness and recreational activities.

Memory Care – A lifestyle designed for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia with specialty neighborhoods, supportive care services and an engagement-focused philosophy tailored to your needs to create opportunities for independence and success.

From Those Who Know Best

We could go on and on about how our senior living lifestyles ensure your quality of life. But we know at the end of the day, the best way to understand what you can expect is to share some of our residents’ stories.

“We have a 93 year old resident with a goal to be able to climb the stairs in our lobby. She has been working so hard with therapy each week to achieve that goal. Not only can she now climb the stairs, she FLIES back up. You blink and she is gone. To see the pure joy on her face the first time she did it was truly inspirational. It is never too late to set and not only achieve your goals, but to blow them out of the water!!! She’s even inspired other residents and repeatedly says to never give up. We are blessed to have such a positive force here.”
— Team Member

“My mom has been here a year or so. The staff has been great, the activities great, the layout reminds me of a hotel – beautiful “front porch” area to enjoy the outdoors. I was concerned about her going to assisted living, but my fears have gone away as I have seen her here.”
— Son of Resident

“One of the hardest things my family had to do was to bring our Mother to memory care. After seeing the nurses take care of her when she was sick and give her medicine to her daily. Watching the caregivers take care of her, talking with her, laughing with her even giving her nicknames. We now know it was the best thing for her. Thank you for taking care of our Mother.”
— Daughter of Resident

For more information on finding the senior living fit for the quality of life you want, check out our Family Decision Guide!

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