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The Social Benefits of a Retirement Community

As they age, some seniors may prefer staying in their current residence as it is familiar and seemingly supports a sense of independence or individuality. But it also could contribute to feeling isolated if family, friends or neighbors are unable to visit often or worried if and when an emergency may occur. Home maintenance obligations can be overwhelming as can the pressure to plan and coordinate social activities.

Seniors can spend a lot of energy trying to maintain a certain lifestyle that actually may be keeping them from enjoying it. By alleviating some of those worries and burdens, residents at a retirement community may feel free to enjoy life, safe in their environment to do so and comfortable with the added resources. Many retirement communities help residents stay active by providing:

  • Lifestyle professionals to plan activities according to residents’ preferences
  • Programs and clubs for residents with similar interests to try new hobbies or rekindle former ones
  • Volunteer opportunities for those seeking a common purpose
  • Restaurant-style dining and social hours to connect neighbors and friends
  • Transportation for off-campus events, religious services and shopping to enjoy with peers
  • Safe surroundings and open areas to promote socializing

In a community lifestyle, many seniors experience a better quality of life since socialization helps:

  • Reduce stress and health complications from high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, dementia
  • Boost the immune system
  • Stave off depression and isolation
  • Provide a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Increase self esteem
  • Create a more positive outlook
  • Strengthen relationships with spouse, family, friends

In many cases, retirement community residents don’t feel like they are giving up a life but creating a new chapter or even regaining one. Visit a community to see how it may support an active, social lifestyle for you or your loved one.