As Plato said, “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Living an active life, even in our older years, is paramount to overall positive health outcomes. Studies show that older adults who participate in any exercise tend to live longer, reduce the risk of contracting diseases and developing disabilities, even if they start between the ages of 70 and 85. As we come out of social isolation influenced by the global pandemic, seniors are seeking ways to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.
Seniors who choose to live in a communal setting have a myriad of opportunities to be active. Our communities offer a wide range of opportunities to nurture new friendships, learn new things, have fun, and stay healthy. Below are three ways our community encourages active living:
1. Activity Calendar
Our residents enjoy active living including daily engagement and social activities. A dedicated Life Engagement Coordinator teams with residents to develop activity calendars that are personalized to complement residents’ interests and needs so they can live life their own way. The Life Engagement Coordinator plans activities that have been proven to support complete whole-body wellness for older adults that meet mental, physical, and psychosocial needs.
2. Peer Pressure
Seniors living on their own may not have the same opportunities or motivation to get active as those who live in a community of peers with designated activity spaces and scheduled activities. It is much easier to kick start a fitness program or participate in an educational seminar with a buddy in a structured setting than going at it alone.
3. Variety of programs
Every day can be different in a senior living community. Our community offers a choice of movement activities ranging from yoga to Highway to Healthy exercise classes, based on resident preference and abilities. With so many choices, residents have numerous opportunities to find their passion and enjoy it with others who have similar interests.
CDC research shows that seniors who are physically active enjoy immediate health benefits. In fact, active seniors may also benefit from stress reduction and better sleep. We offer an environment that supports active living where their residents can thrive.
Contact us today to learn more about how we provide a full range of activities that help our residents physically, cognitively, and psychologically. We’re here for you.