Health care professionals who work with seniors have long suspected lonesomeness plays a role in aging. Recent research shows they were right. Isolation has been identified as a serious health risk for our seniors. It contributes to a variety of health problems ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure, cardiac disease, depression and obesity.
Seniors who make a move to an independent living or assisted living community have greater opportunities for staying mentally, emotionally and physically connected as they age compared to adults who choose to stay in their private home.
A few of the many benefits adults enjoy when they move to a senior living community include:
1. Good Nutrition
Planning menus and grocery shopping can become more of a burden with age. Senior living communities have in-house cooks who prepare healthy, nutritious meals three times a day.
Residents also have the advantage of having friends to dine with. It helps make mealtime a social event to look forward to each day.
Being surrounded by like-minded older adults to share the events of the day can have an incredible impact on senior’s mental and emotional well-being. The informal conversations and gatherings that happen every day give senior living residents an opportunity to build their circle of friends and feel less alone.
3. Life Enrichment Programs
Activities that take place in senior living communities all day every day are designed to engage the body, mind and spirit.
4. Wellness Opportunities
As we learn more and more about how to age successfully, wellness programs continue to be an important piece of what attracts older adults to senior housing communities.
5. Safer Facilities
Older adults who move to a senior living community are often coming from older homes. They frequently trade this outdated environment for one built with the safety of seniors in mind.
A few of the common features include:
-Handrails in hallways
-Good lighting -Grab bars in bathrooms -No-step showers -Emergency call systems
6. Lower Stress
Ask any senior who lives alone in an older home, and they will tell you it can be stressful. Even if they hire someone to help with housekeeping and maintenance, keeping everything coordinated is a lot of work. Giving up these responsibilities and moving to a senior living community can help decrease an older adult’s stress and improve their quality of life.
The benefits of moving to a senior living community above are incredibly important, and we hope you take them to heart.
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