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Is Community Living the Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life?

March 18, 2021

There are many factors you have to take into account when it comes to planning where and how you want to spend your retirement, aka your golden years. For many older adults, aging in their home is the ideal option, but there’s also an allure to spending it in a senior living community. In fact, new studies show that seniors living in communities reported healthier behaviors and greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness. In short: it allows for healthy aging and helps you thrive. It’s not hard to see why, considering how senior living communities offer a plethora of daily activities, social events, and enriching outings designed to help you live your best life. Here are some of the things you can expect if you opt for community living:

Opportunities for Socialization

Research shows that nearly 1/4 of adults aged 65 and up were considered to be socially isolated. Social isolation can lead to detrimental health consequences, including depression, disease, and cognitive decline. When seniors move into living communities, they can enjoy social opportunities that can help retain their vibrancy. Dining and small group activities allow for more intimate gatherings where you can interact with others and expand your social network. You’re also encouraged to participate in activities like educational classes and fitness programs, as well as performance arts, where not only can you lend your talents, but also forge connections with others.

Round-the-Clock Care

As opposed to when you’re residing at home by yourself and getting medical help when you need it the most, moving into a senior living community means that you get to enjoy 24/7 assistance from professionals who are trained to help you. There are careers in the nursing field that focus specifically on caring for older adults. These geriatric nurses are equipped to handle health-related issues that may come up and provide preventive care. Whether you need help with issues like incontinence or fall prevention, you can rest assured that someone in the facility has undergone the professional training to attend to your needs.

On-site Wellness and Healthcare Services

With senior living communities, there’s no need to travel to enjoy the services that help you feel your best. The amenities and services on-site are focused on overall wellness, so you can take advantage of physical therapy and pharmacy services. Telehealth is also typically available when the situation calls for it, eliminating the need to head to a health facility just to get help from your physician.

Life Enrichment Programs

Most senior living facilities provide an assortment of activities and social events that are tailored to the residents’ needs and interests. From sports and fitness programs to gardening, book clubs, cards, arts and crafts, and adult education classes, you can enjoy a rich calendar of on-site activities designed to help you stay connected and stimulated. Participating in these programs means you’ll never get bored, as there’s always something new to try.

Maintenance-Free Living

One of the biggest perks of living in a senior living community is almost everything is taken care of for you. Think of it as a full-amenity resort – the things you typically tend to yourself, someone else from the facility can do for you. Residents can enjoy maintenance-free living, coupled with the freedom of living on their own. Meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry, security, and other utilities are provided, allowing you to enjoy round-the-clock convenience. With all these amenities available, it takes the worry and work out of living, giving you the chance to thrive and enjoy your retirement.

While it is a big step to take, those who do join a senior community can live healthy and happy lives.

Written by Julianne Luna for prioritylc.com

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