Seniors don’t lose their desire to lead rich, fulfilling, active lives just because their bodies begin failing. Yet many seniors find that aging continually erodes their independence. This can be a demoralizing and painful process for seniors and the people who love them.
In an attempt to preserve as much independence as possible, many seniors insist that they want to live at home no matter what. Leaving behind the place where so much of your life has unfolded can be painful. It can also be liberating. Seniors with health or memory issues can enjoy greater freedom, more socialization, and a more fulfilling existence in senior living communities.
Here are a few of the activities most seniors can’t access at home.
The right senior living community is like a neighborhood filled with like-minded people your age. Socialization is as simple as walking out the door. Your friends may be just a few steps away. Even if you’re an introvert, living near other seniors makes it easier to make new friends. Additionally, their close proximity to your home means no more worrying about long drives and no more relying on someone else to transport you to an outing with friends.
Planned Social Activities
The senior years present something of a paradox: you’ve likely spent much of your life looking forward to a period when you have more time. Now that you’re not raising kids or working, you might be overwhelmed by how much time you need to fill each day. The result can be intense loneliness. You might feel paralyzed and overwhelmed, and this can mean you spend this period of your life doing and enjoying less than any other time of your life.
Senior living communities offer a range of planned activities. Those may include community outings, volunteer days, dances and socials, family events, and much more. Because excellent communities continually solicit feedback from residents, you’ll also be able to suggest activities or outings that appeal to you. The move to senior living can mean transitioning from the stress of an empty calendar to the satisfaction of a life brimming over with meaningful connections and activities.
Fitness and Exercise Classes
When health woes set in, many seniors cast aside the notion of physical fitness. A once-fulfilling run can now seem like little more than a falling risk. Staying motivated to get physically fit can be tough when you live alone, and doubly so if you have physical ailments.
Physical fitness is even more important to seniors than to young people. Structured exercise can prolong and improve mobility for all seniors, regardless of health or physical ability. Physical activity can improve your mental health, counteract depression, reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of falls, and promote bone density. Exercise can even prevent dementia, including in people who carry a gene for Alzheimer's.
Senior living communities offer a wide range of fitness and exercise courses. From beginner yoga to senior-friendly weight training, you’re sure to find something that matches your ability and fitness goals. At many senior living communities, you can partner with a nutritionist who can help you eat in a way that optimizes your physical fitness.
Over the course of a lifetime, most of us accumulate a list of things we hope to do when we have enough time. By the time retirement rolls around, you might feel like it’s too late, or perhaps you don’t know how to get started. Senior living communities motivate you to reconsider this sense of resignation. They offer a wide range of educational classes tailored to the needs and desires of their senior residents.
You might learn to knit, master ballroom dancing, learn about orchid gardening, and take a class in stargazing over the course of a year. A lifetime of learning does more than make life more enjoyable; it can also improve your mental health and reduce your risk of dementia. Quit worrying about how you’ll drive to the local rec center or afford that class you’ve always wanted to take. Move to a senior living community and experience a world of educational options.
Because you’ll also make new friends, you might develop some new interests you never previously considered. At a senior community, you can take a class with your friends, then continue the learning process outside of the classroom. After all, your friends will be just a few doors away.
A Chance to Grow and Learn in Safety
Many seniors unconsciously constrain their own lives when they live alone. The once-beloved garden becomes neglected when a senior is concerned about a fall. Long, relaxing baths become rife with peril. This chronic, low-level safety anxiety can permeate everything about your life. Even something as seemingly innocuous as reading can spur concerns about what you would do if you suddenly couldn’t breathe, or you fell, or if a million other things went wrong.
Senior living communities ease these anxieties by ensuring that help is always just around the corner. Even for an introverted senior who prefers to spend their time quietly reading or tending houseplants, the right community can ease the burdens of aging. No one wants to spend their golden years in a state of chronic anxiety. Relieve the anxiety by getting the support you need, so you can live the life you’ve long dreamed about.
Arbor’s family of senior living communities offers seniors the assistance and peace of mind they need. Let us help you find the perfect community to enjoy the next chapter of your life. Give us a call today!