There are many benefits of living in a senior living community, including social opportunities, improved overall health, the development of skills, fewer responsibilities, and assistance with everyday living. Senior living communities allow residents to broaden their horizons and enhance their lifestyles.
5 Key Benefits of Living in a Senior Living Community
1. Sense of Community
Study after study shows the importance of maintaining healthy friendships with others, and that’s especially true for seniors. Good friends talk with each other, encourage each other to eat healthier and stay active, and are simply there when you need them. The best senior living communities will encourage social interaction through fitness programs, appropriate excursions, volunteer events, and a calendar full of fun activities.
The people you surround yourself with can strongly influence your health. That sense of “belonging” is powerful, and the connections you build in your community – whether it’s with individuals or through organizations, faith-based groups, or other social activities – can lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
In fact, studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and other community members are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.
2. Developing New Skills
At a senior living community, residents have greater options for entertainment and skill development and many more people to try them with. Whether it’s learning a new form of exercise from a fitness instructor or a new language from a fellow resident, the many possibilities for personal growth can make the senior living experience exceptional.
3. Fewer Demands
While we understand the importance of maintaining independence, residents of senior living communities can enjoy the fact that they have fewer responsibilities.
At a senior living community, meals are prepared for residents, and they can also take advantage of many services, such as an in-house hair salon and post office.
Of course, it’s still all up to the residents and their families. If residents prefer to visit their longtime hairstylists or shop at their favorite grocery stores, they can do that too. In fact, many senior living communities will have transportation services available to help seniors who cannot drive take care of their personal errands.
4. Improved Health
One of the lesser-known benefits of living in a senior community is that of improved health – body, mind, and spirit.
- Professional chefs and culinary teams cater to the needs of residents with a variety of dietary needs, while making sure the meals are delicious and nutritious. Senior living communities’ culinary teams are educated and experienced in regard to the special dietary needs of seniors and incorporate these principles into their meal plans.
- Residents can take advantage of an on-site fitness center and fitness classes led by instructors who specialize in the needs of seniors citizens.
- Social events and other special activities promote mental health and memory development, helping to keep residents alert, focused, up-to-date on current events, and thriving in general.
5. Security in a Friendly Environment
Residents of senior living communities feel at home, and are far from alone. They have a comforting environment with friends and staff nearby when they need them, whether it’s for socialization or something more urgent.
See It In Person
Waltonwood includes all of these benefits and more, so come see them for yourself! We always encourage families to visit several senior communities in person as they are trying to choose the right one. Becoming familiar and comfortable with the community before making the decision will be a key factor for the residents and their families.
To schedule a visit to one of our Waltonwood senior living communities in Michigan, North Carolina, or Virginia, contact us online or call the specific location. Our courteous staff members will show you around and answer any questions you may have.