The Social Benefits of a Retirement Community

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As they age, some older adults may prefer staying in their current residence as it is familiar and seemingly supports a sense of independence or individuality. Home maintenance obligations can be overwhelming as can the pressure to plan and coordinate social activities. Staying at one’s current home also could contribute to feeling isolated if family, friends, or neighbors are unable to visit often or worried if and when an emergency may occur.

One of the worst issues caused by the pandemic is social isolation resulting in increased loneliness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is strong evidence many older adults are socially isolated or lonely in ways that put their health at risk. Studies indicate these factors increase a person’s risk of dementia, premature death from all causes and are associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.

Seniors can spend a lot of energy trying to maintain a certain lifestyle that actually may be keeping them from enjoying it. By alleviating some of those worries and burdens, residents at a retirement community may feel free to enjoy life, safe in their environment to do so and be comfortable with the added resources. Many retirement communities help residents stay active by providing:

  • Lifestyle professionals to plan activities according to residents’ preferences
  • Programs and clubs for residents with similar interests to try new hobbies or rekindle former ones
  • Volunteer opportunities for those seeking a common purpose
  • Restaurant-style dining and social hours to connect neighbors and friends
  • Transportation for off-campus events, religious services and shopping to enjoy with peers
  • Safe surroundings and open areas to promote socializing
  • Accessible care 24/7 in the event of an emergency or fall

In a community lifestyle, many seniors experience a better quality of life since socialization helps:

  • Reduce stress and health complications from high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, dementia
  • Boost the immune system
  • Stave off depression and isolation
  • Provide a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Create a more positive outlook
  • Strengthen relationships with spouse, family, friends

In many cases, retirement community residents don’t feel like they are giving up life but creating a new chapter or even regaining one. Visit a community to see how it may support an active, social lifestyle for you or your loved one.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities has been serving older adults and their families in the York area for over 30 years. While they offer a range of support and care services from Independent Living and Personal Care to Memory Care and Restorative Care, given their long-serving experience in senior care, they also are a resource for any questions or guidance, regardless of choosing their services. Find more about www.CountryMeadows.com.

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