With age comes wisdom and contentment. And, often, health and mobility challenges. Most older adults and their loved ones inevitably have “the discussion.” Is it best for a senior to age in place or to move to a retirement community? Each option has pros and cons, but only one offers easy access to friends and fulfilling activities.
Social Seniors are Happier, Healthier
Social isolation is no fun. It’s also not healthy. Myriad studies have concluded that people who regularly engage with others; have friends, hobbies, and active social lives; and participate in new activities retain their cognitive function longer.
According to Emory University’s Alzheimer’s disease research center, one large study concluded that frequent social activity in older adults led to improved thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering. Another study cited by the university evaluated, over a 4-year period, how participating in activities such as playing games and visiting museums affected older adults. Researchers concluded that the most socially active older adults were 47% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than the least social older adults.
Retirement Communities Offer Safety and Community
Many people considering retirement communities (often called senior living communities) focus on how these communities can keep older adults safe and physically healthy. But the benefits go far beyond the physical health. Regularly socializing with others provides far more benefits, creating a better quality of life and even a longer life.
Older adults who live alone and don’t have easy access to people — they do not drive and don’t have frequent visitors, for example — often become depressed. We all crave companionship — it’s human nature! Older adults who live in a quality retirement community, on the other hand, are able to make new friends, visit with their peers, and enjoy new experiences every day.
Retirement communities provide easy access to people and activities (book club, gardening club, group exercise class, volunteering and much more.) Just as college students living in a dorm setting make friends with their peers, so do older adults in a community living environment. A life of togetherness is much more enjoyable than one of loneliness. Older adults fortunate to reside in a community setting feel good about themselves, look forward to new experiences, and are able to truly enjoy their golden years.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista is a Great Place to Find Community
Older adults who call Retreat at Sunny Vista home have discovered warm and rich community living.
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