Social benefits to senior living
Living in a retirement community has many benefits: healthy meals prepared for you; worry-free yard work and built-in home maintenance. But the biggest benefit is one of the simplest: spending time with others who share your interests and enthusiasm.
Solitary activities can negatively impact your health, while making friends and socializing can directly make you fell healthy and stronger mentally and physically — leading to a longer, more active and healthier life.
Socializing also increases your:
Safety – Being surrounded by friends instills a sense of comfort. In a retirement community, you always have friends and a supportive community.
Purpose and belonging – Having a community of friends whom you interact with daily gives you a sense of fellowship and devotion. Whether you're a key player on a bean bag baseball team or a regular at the quilting circle, having an active social calendar will enrich your days. Spending time engaged with others is life-affirming and raises self-confidence.
Enjoyment – Having friends to join you for meals and share activities makes every day more fun. The anticipation of fun helps give you something enjoyable to look forward to throughout the day, so you can start each morning with a positive attitude.
Home – Travel can be burdensome, especially when your friends and family live far away. As we age, driving a car can become harder, and traveling at night requires different skillsets. You may also have less energy on some days than others, making it hard to commit to planned social obligations. Moving to a senior living community reduces the need to travel, bringing social activities to you!
Having people in the same community with similar interests and experience creates an enriching experience. Being a part of a retirement community offers activities to do and people to do them with — even if it’s just chatting with a friend over a cup of tea! Many independent living communities offer day trips to local areas of interest, musical performances and in-house activities like board games and sing-alongs. At Holiday Retirement, our activity calendar is always full of fun group activities. Plan your visit today!