Why Amenities Matter in 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. 



When considering a senior living community for our loved ones, we usually go through amenities first and consider them as the most important part of our search. And while fancy amenities certainly bring a “wow factor” and encourage us to choose that particular community, amenities are more important than that. Here, we breakdown why amenities matter in senior living, as well as the unique benefits they provide to enhance the quality of life for our loved ones once they make the move.

Choosing the right senior living community


How do amenities benefit seniors?

Senior living amenities have much more to offer than fancy facilities. We also need to take into account the purposes that they serve and how they can enhance the quality of life for our elderly family members. Many amenities inside a senior living community will reflect aspects of our well-being such as emotional wellness, physical health, social life, creativity, and intellect.  Some of the top amenities to provide these benefits in senior living communities are:

Multiple dining experiences

A senior living community that has multiple dining venues will allow for more choices to meet the preferences of our loved ones. While a main dining room may satisfy most residents during mealtimes, it’s also great to take a pick from various options such as a private dining room for special occasions, in-room dining, or a grab-and-go café. It will also provide busy seniors the chance to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee whenever they please. 

A place for pampering  

Never underestimate the importance of having a beauty salon and barbershop inside the community. Our loved ones will surely appreciate having the option to simply walk to their hairdressers or have their nails done rather than having to drive someplace farther away. With such amenities catering to the residents of the community, they’ll always get the pampering they need.

For health and wellness 

One of the most important things our older loved ones need is physical exercise, and fortunately, most, if not all senior living communities offer some kind of wellness or health opportunity to stay fit. Swimming pools, fitness centers, personal trainers, and group exercise classes are just some of the best amenities for seniors to take advantage of. Some communities have even gone the extra mile and provided zen gardens and walking trails for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Entertainment and creative spaces

For older adults, retirement can be an exciting opportunity to take up hobbies or learn a new skill. Some of the best senior living communities offer opportunities for craftsmanship, artistic recreation, and other passions. Some senior living communities even offer game rooms, movie theaters, and programs where professionals are brought in to host a comedy night, host cooking classes, and more. Such activities allow our loved ones to explore their hidden talents or go back to activities they used to love in their younger years.

Senior living amenities mean so much more than just making a community look good, they also serve different purposes to enhance our loved one’s overall health and wellbeing. So instead of choosing the flashiest amenities when looking for a senior living community, choose one that offers the best selection that will suit your older family member’s lifestyle. For a wide choice of amenities and great activities, head over to our website at Vitality Senior Living today. And be sure to download the informative Vitality Living guide Choosing The Right Senior Living Community.


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