4 Ways Community Living Helps Seniors Live Happier Fuller LivesNovember 30, 2017 | Heritage Place
"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love." -Hubert H. Humphrey
As we grow older, we may retire and start to live more solitary, secluded lives. This can be very peaceful, but can also come with mental health risks. In fact, one of the most common concerns with aging is senior social isolation, which can lead to depression.
Depression in seniors can be dangerous, making it harder for seniors to do what's necessary to take care of themselves, such as eating, taking their medications, or bathing regularly. One of the best remedies for the risk of senior isolation? Building community!
In this month's edition of the Heritage Place blog, we'll be discussing the ways that community living helps seniors live happier, fuller lives. We hope you enjoy!
#1 New Friendships
In senior living communities like Heritage Place Senior Living, social interaction is something we celebrate and encourage each day. Every day, residents have the opportunity to take classes, attend social events, and be around others. Forging these new emotional connections lifts residents' spirits and helps them to create new happy memories. For a sampling of all the different types of social opportunities we offer, be sure to peruse our activities calendars.
#2 Increased Physical Activity
Staying physically active even when we have limited mobility helps us feel better. Not only does regular light exercise have physical benefits, but it really lifts our moods too! Plus, it can be a lot of fun. From chair aerobics to water aerobics to yoga, we offer a host of accessible exercise options for everyone to enjoy.
#3 New Hobbies
Lifelong learning is good for our minds and our souls. Senior living communities often plan wonderful activities for their residents to enjoy, encouraging them to pick up new hobbies and pastimes. Here at Heritage Place, for example, we offer art classes, cooking classes, music classes, and more. Truly, it's never too late to find a new passion!
#4 Regular Meals and Extra Help
When seniors live in an assisted living home, the senior care staff takes care of the meals, medication management, and housekeeping, leaving the residents to enjoy the rest. Not only does this ensure that seniors receive regular meals and medications, but it also buys them extra time to focus on what they love most in life. Whether that's reading, watching movies, or singing, community living environments offer the opportunity for seniors to enjoy their golden years with ease.
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If you're looking for the right living situation for your senior, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our senior care staff will be glad to discuss your options and would love to invite you to Heritage Place for a tour! Happy Holidays all and thanks for reading!
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