Moving to a senior community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is often considered healthy aging by most Americans. Many seniors and their family members try to stay at home for as long as they can, even while fighting with chronic medical conditions, loneliness, and memory loss. This desire to stay at home can often lead to unhealthy and isolated living conditions, which isn’t healthy aging at all.
There is often a much better way to make friends, try new things, and stay healthy—a senior living community! Senior living communities offer multiple benefits and a lifestyle that keeps wellness at the forefront. Even better, senior living communities are often less expensive than living at home. If you need more reasons to consider senior living, read about a few benefits that you may not have thought about.
Senior living communities offer more than just medical care and daily assistance. For many seniors, living at a community means engaging, exciting, and busy days. Residents of senior living communities are often able to take classes at local colleges or universities, take trips to local places of interest, and even learn a new language. There are cooking classes, gardening groups, and ways to get into community leadership to make positive changes around you. Residents can participate in yoga classes and birding clubs, and they can even volunteer at local organizations. Moving to a senior living community means there is always something to do or somewhere to go, should you choose to do so.
Isolation can take a toll on seniors living alone at home. Research has shown that loneliness can lead seniors to be more depressed and can even speed up the progression of dementia. In fact, perceived loneliness has been linked to cognitive decline. Fortunately, a senior living community is never lonely. With friendly faces and neighbors just steps down the hall, residents have a chance to actively build a support system of peers.
Lasting friendships and relationships with peers can decrease feelings of loneliness and depression. Even better, having friends can lead to trying something new. Healthy socialization habits get residents out of their apartments and into meaningful conversations within their senior community, fostering feelings of connection and support.
Finally, senior living community residents get the benefit of fewer household responsibilities. Without worrying about shoveling the sidewalk, mowing the yard, deep-cleaning the home, or doing the laundry, residents are able to focus on pursuing a life that is full of things they love. Senior living communities feature housekeeping, laundry, dining, and maintenance services, all geared toward residents having the opportunity to pursue hobbies and other leisure.
Senior living communities are the best choice for healthy aging not only for the access to medical assistance, but also for the opportunities for engagement and socialization, as well as for the active lifestyle focused on wellness.
What are you waiting for? Find out how Edith made the decision to move into a senior living community by watching our video.