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Senior Living Communities: Why Lifestyle is Important

Posted by Frank Herold on August 15, 2018

 

senior living communityOver the past two decades or so, senior living communities have gone through amazing positive transformations. The services have evolved, and they are now long-term establishments. Services that are standard in today's senior living communities, such as access to doctors and nurses, an on-site pharmacy, and a call bell to ensure that the resident can inform staff in the event of a problem, were not always part of life in these communities. Aside from the amenities that are offered, residents have the pleasure of enjoying a sense of well-being. Remember, a healthy lifestyle results in happier seniors.

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Why Do Seniors Choose a Senior Living Community?

While health services and finances are certainly important in choosing a senior living community, there are other factors to consider as well. Many seniors and their families make the decision based on a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Availability of meal plans
  • Transportation services
  • Exercise, fitness, or wellness programs
  • Medical care
  • Maintenance-free living
  • A Friendly Atmosphere
  • Social Opportunities
  • The sense of safety and security that senior living communities are able to provide

Why is Lifestyle at a Senior Living Community Important?

One of the first things that seniors and their families may wonder when considering a senior living community is why lifestyle is important. Many people think that all senior living communities are the same, and this couldn't be further from the truth. Each one has unique standards of care, as well as a sense of community. A healthy, active lifestyle at a senior living community is of extreme importance when it comes to the well-being of the elderly person. Having social interaction, physical activity, and entertainment are essential in keeping seniors healthy. Their minds are engaged, which is a vital aspect of an elderly person's life. Independent activities, social outings, and one-on-one interactions are all important aspects to take into consideration.

How Does Lifestyle Affect Quality of Life?

Quality of life includes physical and mental health, emotional well-being, and social functioning. When considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, make sure that lifestyle is a priority. By having a better quality of life, seniors tend to age better, with a reduction in distressing physical symptoms. They also have less anxiety, increased body image, and a high quality of close relationships or friendships.

A poor quality of life can lead an elderly person to become lonely, isolated and depressed. Seniors need to feel a sense of independence, as well as have a safe and comfortable lifestyle. They need to be able to have their healthcare needs attended to, all while engaging with others on a daily basis.

Always remember that there are choices to be made when considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one. Determine what is important. Perhaps it is group activities, or maybe maintenance-free living is the main priority. Whatever it may be, it should be a part of life at the senior living community in order to ensure worry-free living.

Keep in mind that the majority of senior living communities today offer the support of specific health issues, such as hearing, speech or vision impairments, as well as mobility issues, those who have a declining memory, or those with special dietary needs. When choosing a community in which to live, it is best to look at the "big picture", that is, what sort of lifestyle the community will offer. Most of all, determine if the community will allow the senior to maintain a high quality of life. By finding a community that offers a lifestyle similar to that of what you are accustomed to, you can ensure a higher quality of life, healthier aging, and a better sense of well-being.

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