Why Getting Social Helps You REALLY Get to Know 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. 



While many older adults avoid social media and technology, there is no reason why you must do this too. With so many different senior living options and communities to choose from, it would be wise to follow your possible future senior living community on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. If you’re wondering how this can benefit you, we’ve gathered everything you need to know here so that you can put the internet to good use.

Choosing the right senior living community

How social media helps you choose a senior living community 


Social media doesn’t just promote hip and happening events, people, and business anymore. Today, websites like Facebook can showcase plenty of businesses, including senior living communities and what they offer. And with over 2 billion users on this platform alone, you have a great chance of finding the right community for yourself or your loved ones. Here’s how you can get started with your search: 

  • Looking up your favorite senior living community gets much easier if you can find them on Facebook. Not only will you see what their staff and residents are up to, but you’re also kept up to date on their latest events, activities, and additions to the family. In contrast, if you see that the community you’re looking to reside in isn’t very active in their social media, this could be a red flag. 
  • By going through their social media pages, you can get to know your loved ones’ future friends and caregivers. Social media does a great job of introducing people and groups through videos where you can see recordings or even live events. This helps you and your loved ones get to know the people that they will soon live and grow with. 
  • Through chatting apps like Messenger, social media allows us to interact directly with staff from the senior living community you are considering. This gives you the chance to ask your questions, voice any concerns, or just leave a message. 
  • Even if you don’t wish to message or make contact with your prospective senior living community, you can simply “like” and “follow” their page to see what they have to offer. Often, pages will have essential details already posted such as opening hours, their mission and vision statements, and other interesting bits of information. 
  • Social media also gives you a sneak peek into the various amenities, services, programs, activities, and events that a senior living community offers, without having to go to the location yourself. You might also be able to subscribe to newsletters, channels, and other avenues that can keep you updated. 

Even if we think that technology, apps, and social media are only meant for “young people,” it’s still important for our older loved ones to keep up with the latest news on their potential new home. After all, most of us are quite busy these days, and we won’t all have the time to go and visit a particular location any time we want. So to get the latest news on various senior living communities and the benefits they can provide, look no further than your own desktop or smartphone. If you’re searching for a prospective senior living community, visit Vitality Living’s website to learn more about their locations, living options, and more. And be sure to download the informative Vitality Living guide Choosing The Right Senior Living Community.

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