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April 24, 2018

Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun

 From the time we’re children, most of us enjoy competing with others in games, contests and sporting events. We may gravitate away from competition as we get older, but many seniors continue to enjoy golf outings or card games with friends.

Most competition is physically and psychologically healthy because it motivates us to perform at our highest level. For those of us who enjoy the spirit of friendly competition, there is no reason to stop just because we’re in our senior living years. In fact, some of us enjoy the challenge of testing our boundaries to see what we are still able to do.

We offer competitive and non-competitive active senior living recreation

The spirit of competitive play is alive at Country Meadows as residents vie in friendly rounds of bocce, horseshoes, Wii bowling, billiards, cards, board games and more. Social activities at retirement communities not only contribute to the physical and mental health of senior participants, but foster friendship and goodwill among them as well.

But even seniors who don’t have a competitive streak can still enjoy the socialization of active senior living. We like the sentiment expressed by Amit Kalantri in his book “Wealth of Words”: “If you play just to stay healthy and not to win, by all means, keep playing.”

At Country Meadows, residents also meet for non-competitive recreation to engage in a specific hobby or learn a new skill. Some groups organize on their own, while others are led in activities by trained members of our staff. We encourage residents to participate because we know that retirees who get involved in hobbies are happier and generally live longer.

Looking at our 11 campuses, we find residents participating in art, baking, bicycling, current events, dancing, devotions, exercise, growing plants, arranging flowers, games (board, card, word), gardening, golf, pet care, plants, poetry, puzzles, reading, bell choir, swimming, trivia, volunteering, walking and yoga. While most of these activities can be found at all our senior living communities, several might be available at select locations because residents there have shown an interest.

Learn more about Country Meadows active senior living communities

At Country Meadows Retirement Communities, we see how shared interests bring people together, leading to opportunities to socialize and maintain physical and mental health. You may want to read our tip sheet listing the social benefits of a retirement home community. Our activities are open to everyone who can participate, whether they live in senior independent living apartments or in assisted living or personal care homes.

If you’re considering a move to a senior retirement home near you, we invite you to contact us to learn more about our active senior living communities. We can tell you more about the broad range of services we could offer you or your loved ones. We also offer memory support for persons in need of dementia care and restorative care for those with chronic conditions or recovering from surgery or illness.

Country Meadows has 10 Pennsylvania retirement homes: Pittsburgh,  Mechanicsburg, York-South, York-West, Hershey, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton; and a Frederick, Maryland retirement home. Whatever your needs, we provide a comfortable community life that engages the mind, body and spirit.


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7 thoughts on “Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun”

  1. MartinSix says:

    Hellow my name is MartinSix. Wery good article! Thx 🙂

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Mr. Six,

      Thank you for your compliments. We are glad our readers enjoy these types of articles—just the validation we need to continue to find topics of interest. Thank you again.

  2. Thomas Jameson says:

    It’s good to know that friendly competition can continue in senior living communities. My parents have loved competition throughout all of their adult years, and now that they’re getting older, we’ll have to find a senior community for them to join soon. We’ll be looking further into our options when that time comes.

  3. Steven Czyrny says:

    I love the competitive activities that will make fun and enjoyment into a senior living community. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Mr. Czyrny,

      We do too. Keeps our residents engaged and young at heart!

  4. Connect55 says:

    Really, you have explained in a very nice way about competitive and noncompetitive recreation. It both has own benefits, so thanks for sharing social activities for the retirement community.

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Thank you! Friendly competition is fun and engaging — just like our residents.

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