Tips for Deciding if the Senior Living Lifestyle Is What You Really Want

Tips for Deciding if the Senior Living Lifestyle Is What You Really Want

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. 

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You’re looking forward to retirement!  You dream of traveling, connecting with old friends, meeting new friends, and discovering new passions. Maybe you are beginning to have trouble with personal care or grooming, or you’re feeling isolated and lonely and wondering if a senior living community can help. You have friends in senior living communities but are unsure if the senior living lifestyle is the right choice for you or a loved one. 

There are several factors to consider! This guide has several tips to help you decide if the senior living lifestyle is what you really want. 

Consider Your Health 

Your health and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting, are significant factors to consider when deciding if the senior lifestyle is right for you. 

Assisted living communities offer residents daily assistance with ADLs, whereas retirement and active adult living communities don’t typically offer these services. If you need help managing a chronic health condition, have memory loss, or you’re recovering from an injury, a skilled nursing or memory care community might be a better fit. 

Senior living communities have teams of medical professionals that provide residents with health services such as medication management, customized health care plans, transportation to medical appointments, and health and wellness plans.  

Make sure to research the different types of senior living communities to ensure you’re getting the assistance and health care needed to live your best life. 

Download our guide for more information on, “Home Care vs Senior Living: Should you stay or should you go?”

 

Consider Your Social Life

One of the main reasons older adults choose senior living is social engagement.  Senior living communities are full of opportunities to socialize with peers.  

Loneliness and isolation are significant concerns for older adults in the United States. A National Library of Medicine report found that approximately 43% of adults aged 60 and older report feeling lonely.  

If you’re having difficulty connecting with friends and family due to the inability to drive or mobility issues, the senior lifestyle will renew your social life. Retirement and active adult living communities plan various activities and recreational events to keep residents busy. 

Check out some of the many amenities and social offerings at Vitality Living: 

  • Group fitness classes 
  • Pools 
  • State-of-the-art fitness centers 
  • Onsite and offsite recreational events and activities 
  • Yoga classes 
  • Golf courses 
  • Book clubs 
  • Continuing education classes  

Are You Looking to Simplify Your Lifestyle?

If you’re tired of spending hours on home maintenance, repairs, and lawn care, the senior living lifestyle is definitely for you. 

Residents in senior living communities enjoy their days spending time with friends, exploring new interests, and enjoying long-term passions. Senior living communities take care of housekeeping, laundry, and lawn care so you can spend your days enjoying retirement without the responsibilities and stress of home maintenance. 

Wrap up 

Today’s seniors have excellent opinions when it comes to senior living choices. Whether you’re thinking about retiring or you need a little help with personal care, there’s a senior living community that’s right for you. 

For more information, check out our informative guide, “Home Care vs Senior Living: Should you stay or should you go?”  

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