Moving to a senior living community isn’t always the first choice for older adults. After all, living at home for as long as possible is 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 a much better way to make friends, try new things, and stay healthy: moving to a senior living community! Senior living communities offer multiple benefits and a lifestyle that keeps wellness a top priority. Even better, senior living communities are often less expensive than living at home when you take into consideration the monthly bills that stack up for homeowners. If you need more reasons to consider moving to a senior living community, read about a few benefits that you may not have thought of.

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Engaging Days

Senior living communities offer more than just medical care and daily assistance. For many adults, life at a senior living community means engaging, exciting, and full days. Residents of senior living communities can spend their days however they want to, whether that means taking classes at a local college or university, visiting local places of interest, or even learning a new language. There are cooking classes, gardening groups, and ways to get into community leadership to make positive changes around campus and throughout the greater city. 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.

Friendly Neighbors

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 a variety of health challenges, including high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, anxiety, weakened immune response, and even death.

Fortunately, life in 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. New friends with different interests and hobbies might even inspire you to try 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.

Opportunities for Wellness

Many of the services and amenities featured in senior living communities are designed specifically to help residents meet their wellness goals. Residents enjoy on-site fitness centers and swimming pools as well as access to personal trainers, nurses, and other clinicians who can answer questions or provide guidance. Group fitness classes are held regularly, and residents enjoy getting into nature thanks to manicured paths throughout the property.

Even better: Healthy eating is even easier thanks to chef-prepared meals served among friends in the community’s restaurant. Wellness never tasted so good!

Fewer Responsibilities

Finally, senior living community residents get the benefit of fewer household responsibilities thanks to maintenance-free living. Without worrying about shoveling the sidewalk after a snowstorm, mowing the yard, deep-cleaning the home, or even 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 meant to give residents the opportunity to pursue hobbies and make their days their own.

Senior living communities are the best choice for healthy aging not only because of the access to medical assistance but also because of the opportunities for engagement and socialization, as well as for the active lifestyle focused on wellness.

Getting Started

Moving to a senior living community is a wise decision that many older adults are making long before they fully retire from the workplace. Maintenance-free living, amenities and services designed to enhance wellness, and new opportunities to make friends ... it’s simply too good to resist.

However, moving to a community is a major life change, and the process is often full of emotions. Learn more about how to make the transition a successful one by watching our free webinar, Senior Living LIVE! How to Manage the Process of Senior Living.

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