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January 28, 2020

The solution to senior cabin fever? Retirement community activities

By: Country Meadows | Senior Living, Senior Living Activities

Wintertime can be difficult for seniors, especially if they are no longer comfortable driving in snow and ice. But wintry weather doesn’t interfere with the activities of seniors at retirement communities, where schedules remain full all year long.

Older adults can begin to feel trapped inside during the winter, often venturing out only for trips to the store and doctor’s office. Many of us refer to this feeling as “cabin fever,” a claustrophobic sense of restlessness and irritability. With a lack of engaging activities at hand, individuals may experience boredom, anxiety or unhappiness, particularly if they live alone.

Retirement community activities offer social opportunities, indoors and outdoors

The best cure for this sense of isolation is to replace it with a sense of community. Living in a retirement community is the perfect antidote for senior cabin fever. It not only provides residents with nearby friends and neighbors for companionship but offers excursions into the outside world as well. Occasional trips out can improve mood and overall health by stimulating the brain and energizing the body.

If you visit a highly regarded senior living community such as Country Meadows, be sure to get an idea of everything that takes place there from day to day. Look over the activity schedule and visit in person to see firsthand what residents are doing to live full, productive lives. With open space to socialize and move about and with countless programs and events, retirement community residents are too busy enjoying themselves to feel like they are trapped indoors.

Country Meadows has activities to satisfy every resident’s wants and needs

At Country Meadows Retirement Communities, we collaborate with our residents to help them create lifestyles that are enjoyable and meaningful. By giving them a wide selection of senior living activities, we give them choices as to how to spend their time. We also welcome their participation in suggesting and planning new activities.

At Country Meadows, we strive to provide programs that benefit our residents physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Many discover new hobbies they would have never considered prior to moving to a retirement community. We also make a special effort to include residents in our Connections memory support program in our activities to assist in their well-being.

At Country Meadows, we have a wide selection of daily indoor activities year-round to meet the desires of every personality, as well as occasional bus trips, even during wintertime. Check out our tip sheet listing the social benefits of active retirement communities where educational and other activities are encouraged and available to all who can participate.

Following is just a sampling of the retirement community activities you will discover at Country Meadows:

  • Sports and fitness – exercise classes; group walking; tai chi; Wii bowling; kickball; Movement to Music; yoga; OhioHealth Delay the Disease™; SilverSneakers™; dance exercise; bocce; billiards
  • Spiritual life – devotions; Bible study; theological discussions; pastoral counseling; Joyful Noise; Jewish, Catholic and non-denominational services; Faith and Fitness Fusion; Chicken Soup for the Soul; Mindful Meditation
  • Arts and music –painting; ceramics; jewelry making; knitting; clay class; sing-alongs; piano; karaoke; drum circle; Adventures in Music; chorus; Reader’s Theater
  • Horticulture – plant care; indoor and outdoor gardening; gleaning; flower arranging
  • Games – word games; trivia; brain challenges; board games; bingo, cards; puzzles
  • Life Long Learning – technology; Travel to Wellness; News & Views; book clubs; writing class
  • Volunteerism – working in our gift shop; on-campus and community outreach, including Meals on Wheels; community fundraisers; packing supplies for military personnel; knitting and crocheting items for cancer patients; baking dog biscuits for animal shelters; cooking for and serving homeless veterans; making sleep mats or hats and scarves for homeless persons; The Linus Project (making blankets);
  • And more – including bus trips for shopping and dining out; movies; baking and cooking; pet-focused activities

If you’re in the process of choosing a retirement community, visit the ones that interest you most, and ask about their activities. We hope to see you soon at one of our PA retirement communities or our Frederick, Maryland campus. Please contact us to schedule a visit or request more information.


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