How Assisted Living Communities Are Inspiring Seniors to Get Involved
Fitness, involvement and socialization are important ingredients for happiness; especially for seniors. Assisted living communities are inspiring seniors to find engagement and purpose in life and their communities precisely for this reason.
The golden years are often years where people have time on their hands, and it’s important to find meaningful things to do. Research has shown that when people have a sense of purpose in life, their health benefits. In fact, Patrick Hill, an assistant professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, recently told NPR that “a sense of purpose may protect people against stress and might explain why these people live longer.”
7 Ways Assisted Living Communities Are Inspiring Seniors to Get Involved
Today’s assisted living communities know how activities and socialization are good for their residents, so they offer a plethora of community-involvement options, entertainment and socialization to help seniors lead happier lives.
People have the same basic needs as at any age — the need to dance, have fun and sing, to explore, play, and to get outside and enjoy creation. In short: to live life to its fullest.
While our abilities, even our faculties, may diminish with age, our need to enjoy the best of what it means to be human remains. That’s why activities at assisted living communities are so important.
Assisted living communities are inspiring seniors to get involved by recognizing that residents’ abilities vary, and by trying to offer something for everyone. This allows residents to choose from an array of enriching and sometimes unconventional activities.
Here is a sampling of those activities and involvement:
Dancing offers jubilee to both young and old and most assisted living communities offer dancing regularly. Whether it’s ballroom dancing, line dancing, swing dancing, or just moving to the beat of favorite songs, dancing is not only fun and releases endorphins, but also keeps residents fit and social.
Many seniors have a love for gardening and getting the earth between the fingers. Whether it’s planting flowers or vegetables for eating, most assisted living communities offer gardening activities and clubs for their residents.
3. Field Trips
Whether it’s to local museums to catch the latest show, sports games or fun concerts, many assisted living communities host field trips for resident enjoyment. Being entertained and learning from these field trips helps keep resident minds’ young and engaged for healthy living.
4. Classes and Workshops
From cooking and painting classes to book or tech clubs, assisted living offers many classes and workshops. Computer classes teach social media, which also enables residents to stay in touch with distant loved ones, and internet research helps residents keep up on current events. Book clubs are also fun for those who love to read, which also encourages socialization and lifelong learning and stimulation.
5. Special Events
Whether it’s a themed event, such as a spring fair or resident Olympics, or a festive event for the holidays; assisted living special events allow residents to enjoy activities and the fun of the season. Resident engagement, games and event fun all contribute to overall happiness ad life satisfaction.
6. Fitness Activities
Along with community gyms, many assisted living communities offer Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba and other fitness classes. Some communities even have personal trainers and physical therapists who help integrate healthy living habits catered for each senior’s unique needs.
Staying involved in the community helps give seniors’ purpose. From helping gift wrap at department stores during the holidays, to handing out brochures and information at local theaters; many seniors thrive by close involvement with their community and meeting new people (not to mention, interacting with people of all ages).
Have we left anything out? In what other ways are assisted living communities inspiring seniors to get involved? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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