The Pros and Cons of Senior Living

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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. 



Moving to a senior living community is an important and emotional decision.  

If you’re considering a move to senior living for yourself or a loved one, you probably have a ton of questions. You may even be questioning if senior living is the right decision. 

So how do you determine if senior living is right for you? 

Let’s consider the pros and cons of senior living to help you decide. 

Pros of Senior Living 


Maintenance Free Living 

Imagine a carefree lifestyle that allows you to spend days socializing with peers, golfing, traveling, enjoying hobbies, or exploring new interests.  

Most senior living communities include the following services in their monthly rent: 

  • Laundry 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Home maintenance 
  • Regularly scheduled transportation to shopping and activities 
  • Meals and snacks 

Socialization Opportunities 

Moving into a senior living community is a fresh start! An opportunity to create a new and exciting lifestyle! A chance to meet new and exciting people! 

One of the biggest pros of senior living is the wide variety of recreational and social activities.   

Today’s seniors are more active and engaged than ever, and they expect senior living communities to offer unique and fun activities. Active adult communities in particular, cater to seniors who want to maintain their independence and enjoy a lifestyle in a vibrant community with their peers. 

Residents in senior living communities stay active with the following: 

  • Planned activities 
  • Social events 
  • Transportation to local events, restaurants, and shopping 
  • Group fitness classes 
  • Golf courses 
  • Classes 
  • Book clubs 

Download our helpful “Home Care vs Senior Living Should you stay or should you go?”

Professional Personal Care 

Senior living communities offer residents a high level of professional and personal care. Many older adults consider senior living when they can no longer live alone. Senior living is perfect for seniors who want to maintain independence but require supportive care due to a chronic illness, injury, or mobility issues. 

Most senior living communities provide: 

Cons of Senior Living 


Senior Living Is Expensive 

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, assisted living communities can cost an average of $54,000 a year, and the cost depends on your location and the type of long-term care needed. This handy cost-locator tool will help you understand senior living costs in your area. Luxury services, amenities, and move-in fees can add to monthly expenses. 

However, there are various resources to help cover the cost of senior living. Make sure to speak with a financial advisor or insurance professional to understand your cost and payment options.    

Less Privacy 

Transitioning from the privacy and comfort of your home into a senior living community can be an adjustment, especially for seniors who are used to living alone or value their privacy. Senior living communities will vary depending on the type of community you choose. For instance, active adult and retirement communities generally have more vibrant and active atmospheres.    

However, you can control your privacy by choosing a private room or community with a more low-key culture. Make sure you schedule a tour to get an idea of your options and the environment before choosing a community.  

If you still have questions or are not sure if senior living is right for you, download our helpful “Home Care vs Senior Living Should you stay or should you go?” guide or contact us to learn more about your senior living options.  

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