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How Assisted Living Communities Are Inspiring Seniors to Get Involved

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenApril 29, 2016
How Assisted Living Communities Are Inspiring Seniors to Get Involved

Last Updated: April 19, 2019

Fitness, involvement and socialization are important for happiness, especially for seniors. For this reason,  assisted living communities today are inspiring seniors to find engagement and purpose in life and their communities.

Retired seniors often have more time on their hands, which is why it’s important for them to find meaningful things to do during this time. Research has shown that when people have a sense of purpose in life, their health benefits. In fact, according to NPR, “a sense of purpose may protect people against stress and might explain why… 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.

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Although some of our abilities 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 activities.

Some of these activities include:

1. Classes and workshops.

From cooking and painting classes to book or tech clubs, assisted living offers many classes and workshops for their residents. Cooking and painting classes are enjoyable and great for senior socialization. Book and tech clubs can provide the same benefits but also allow seniors to keep up on current events as well as learn social media, which enables residents to stay in touch with distant loved ones.

2. Dancing.

Dancing is fun for people of all ages and most assisted living communities will offer dancing regularly. Whether it’s ballroom dancing, line dancing or swing dancing, residents can have fun, stay fit and stay social.

3. Field trips.

Whether it’s to catch the latest concert, museum exhibit or sports game, many assisted living communities host field trips for resident enjoyment. Being entertained and learning from these field trips helps keep resident minds’ engaged for healthy living.

4. Fitness activities.

Along with assisted living community gyms, many communities also offer Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba classes. Some communities even have personal trainers and physical therapists who help integrate healthy living habits catered for each senior’s unique needs.

5. Gardening.

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.

6. Special events.

Whether it’s a themed event, such as a senior prom or spring fair, or a festive event for the holidays; assisted living special events allow residents to enjoy activities and the fun of the season. Resident engagement, fun and games all contribute to overall happiness and life satisfaction.

7. Volunteering.

Staying involved in the community helps give seniors a purpose. From helping gift wrap at department stores during the holidays to handing out brochures and information at local grocery stores and theaters; many seniors thrive by close involvement with their community and meeting new people of all ages.

In what other ways are assisted living communities inspiring seniors to get involved? We’d like to hear your stories and thoughts in the comments below.

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