Weighing the Senior Living Care Options 

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. 



Once you recognize a need for senior living for yourself or an older loved one, you want to start the process of weighing your senior living care options. 

Active adult communities, assisted living, memory care, and in-home care are all excellent senior living options. 

Choosing the best option for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming! How do you choose the best option?  

Senior living communities like Vitality Living make your choice even easier with active adult living, independent living, assisted living, and memory care options in multiple states. Some Vitality Living communities even offer several senior living options on one campus. 

Let’s look at some of the most popular senior living care options. 

Active Adult Living 

Seniors who want to enjoy a social and active lifestyle with peers will thrive in active adult living communities 

Residents in active adult communities don’t have to worry about home maintenance, yard care, housekeeping, laundry, or home repairs. Everything is taken care of so residents can focus on social activities and events. 

Active adult living residents spend their days golfing, having dinner with friends, exercising in state-of-the-art fitness centers, participating in activities, traveling, swimming in the pool, or relaxing in a luxurious spa.

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Independent Living 

Retirement is about relaxing and enjoying life with friends and family. Independent living communities are similar to active adult living communities and are perfect for seniors looking to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle while pursuing favorite interests, learning new hobbies, and enjoying the company of friends. 

Seniors in independent living communities can choose living options that include everything from spacious studios, one-, two-, or three-bedrooms to beautiful villas. Residents of independent living communities also have access to housekeeping services, delicious meals, high-end amenities, and services.   

Check out these gorgeous Vitality Living independent living communities.  

Assisted Living 

Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, and eating. These communities are perfect for active seniors who don’t have serious health issues and want to maintain independence. 

Residents in assisted living communities have access to numerous amenities and services, including:  

  • Laundry and housekeeping services 
  • Multiple meal options, including restaurants, pubs, and dining rooms 
  • State-of-the-art fitness centers  
  • Spas and salons 
  • Planned activities, social events, and trips  
  • Beautiful apartments and living spaces 
  • 24-hour security  

Memory Care 

Memory care is long-term care designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Memory care communities provide a structured and secure environment with specifically educated and trained professionals to support people with memory loss.  

Residents in memory care communities receive: 

  • Daily help with personal care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating 
  • 24-hour security 
  • Enhanced safety issues like obscured exits, locked entrances and exits to protect residents from wandering 
  • Therapies and activities designed for seniors with memory loss 

If you’re weighing senior living options for a loved one with memory issues, a memory care community is perfect for keeping your loved one safe. 

At-Home Care 

Many seniors need assistance but are healthy and independent enough to remain in their homes. Seniors who choose to remain in the comfort of their homes can hire professional caregivers to help with personal care, meal preparation, medication management, and companionship.   

There are pros and cons when determining if in-home care is better than senior living options; check out this handy guide for help. 

Senior Living Care Options

When weighing senior living care options, be sure to download our complimentary guide: Home Care Vs Senior Living: Should You Stay or Should You Go?. Ready to see a Vitality Living community? Contact us to schedule your tour.  

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