From delicious meals to freedom from financial stress, there are countless reasons why more and more older adults are moving into retirement communities. Long gone are the days of once dreary nursing homes. Today, senior living communities offer various services such as independent living, assisted living, and memory care to best meet residents' needs. Plus, according to Bethesda, seniors who live in retirement communities report higher happiness levels than those who choose to continue living in their homes. Living in a retirement community provides seniors with a new lease on life. They're able to enjoy activities, take up hobbies, and meet new friends. And those are only a few of the tremendous social benefits that living in a senior care facility has to offer!
1. Social Activities
Retirement communities have become a senior-friendly version of summer camp! From art classes to fun workout sessions, there are always daily activities to take part in. Not only do these activities act as opportunities to meet other residents and form connections, but they also offer seniors the chance at an active social life. Studies show that maintaining a busy social life can lower the risk of depression, keep the mind sharp, slow the aging process, and combat loneliness.
2. Built-In Community
As people age, they tend to lose friendships instead of forming new ones. While there are countless reasons for this, one of the main reasons is that people just don't have the chance to meet as many new people as they once did while working or in school. Living in a retirement community offers seniors the opportunity to meet new people and have more social interaction than seniors who don't live in a retirement community. Also, residents find that they can quickly form friendships through similar interests thanks to activities, clubs, holiday gatherings, and more.
3. Less Responsibilities & More Free Time
Retirement does not always mean endless free time. Some older people choose to travel, take up new hobbies, spend time with family members, or join clubs. But those who stay in their home are burden with the responsibilities of caring for a home. The Joint Center for Housing Studies details that once easy everyday duties, such as gardening or cooking, can begin to take their toll on older people. One of the substantial social benefits of living in a senior community is no home maintenance! Residents can enjoy their space without worrying about cooking, cleaning, yard work, or maintenance.
It's no secret why so many older people are taking advantage of all the benefits that living in a senior care facility has to offer. To learn more, head over to our contact tab in the upper right hand corner of our website. We would be more than happy to answer your questions!