Aging well is a priority of older adults but how to achieve their wellness goals depends on an individual’s personal preferences. The key is to discover which elements would support living an engaged and high-quality life – and to ensure you are best positioned to make it happen.
Senior living can provide the perfect environment. If you’re not familiar with today’s communities, you may want to learn how the amenities and services could promote living your best life.
Aging well in senior living
Among the many advantages of senior living is the support for both physical and emotional health. The following are typical community features you’ll discover that do just that:
1. Personal and accessible residences
The influence of where you decide to make your home should never be underestimated. While your preferences can be different, a residence designed for accessibility and comfort are priorities.
You’ll have choices of floorplans, locations within the community and additional features such as views or having a patio or deck. You’ll also be able to personalize your home to make it your own.
2. Support to maintain your independent lifestyle
One of the more significant fears that many older adults express when they consider making their home in a senior living community is that they will lose their independence.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Communities support an independent lifestyle while offering help when needed. You’ll no longer need to rely on family and friends and will still be making your own decisions about how to spend your time.
3. Assistance with daily tasks
If you or a loved one has begun to struggle with the daily tasks, a helping hand could go a long way in making you feel more in control and independent.
That assistance is exactly what you’ll discover at a senior living community.
Professional and well-trained staff are available to help with bathing safely, getting dressed or managing medications. You’ll no longer need to worry about preparing food or planning and scheduling activities.
4. Opportunities to make new friends
As we grow older, we may begin losing a few of our family members or friends. It can also become more difficult to meet and make new friends.
A senior living community makes it simple to form new relationships – a key to aging well. Whether it’s at one of the many activities or meeting up in the common areas, you’ll soon learn how much you have in common with the other residents.
5. Activities and social events
Have you discovered that living at home is making it more difficult to participate in the activities that you once so enjoyed?
Also, if there aren’t many transportation options available, this can lead to social isolation, a serious risk to both your physical and emotional health.
If you make a community home, you’ll have access to a monthly calendar of events to choose from, all located on-site and as convenient as walking out your front door.
6. Fitness and wellness programs
Staying in shape is essential to aging well and meeting your wellness goals, but it is another feature that can become more difficult as you grow older.
Do you have access to a gym, physical or mentally stimulating classes or activities tailored specifically to the needs of the older adult?
If not, you’ll never need to worry about staying fit if you move into a senior living community, where you’ll discover everything you need from a great workout to relaxation classes to calm your mind.
7. Healthy dining choices
Eating well is another essential to aging well but can also become more difficult as you grow older.
Shopping for food, preparing meals and cleaning up can often seem overwhelming. Many adults may find themselves instead substituting snacks or even skipping meals altogether.
A community life takes care of everything. You’ll discover chef-inspired meals with many menu selections. If you have dietary restrictions, those can be met as well.
8. Safety and security features
Many older adults find themselves becoming more worried about safety and security, whether it involves climbing stairs or fearful of becoming injured at home and not having access to help.
A senior living community is designed to support aging well with additional safety features in both the community and personal residences. Knowing that help is always available if ever needed is very reassuring to residents.
9. Scheduled transportation
Driving less or deciding not to drive at all are not uncommon decisions that older adults often make. Whether due to slower reflexes, diminished eyesight or no longer wanting to fight traffic, individuals may begin to feel isolated if alternative options aren’t available.
Your new senior living community offers scheduled transportation so you can still make your medical appointments, go shopping or attend entertainment or sporting events with friends. Aging well is much easier when you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Discover life at a Northbridge community
If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a family member, we hope you’ll visit one of our communities. You’ll find a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle to help support your wellness goals.
You’ll also discover many benefits in a Northbridge Senior Living community, including our Signature Program S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:
- Daily exercise group
- Walking club
- Tai Chi & Yoga
- Nutritional classes
- Library and book club
- Museum outings
- Artists in residence program
- Multi-generational music
- Genealogy Generations
We’re here to answer any of your questions and invite you to download our complimentary guide Choosing the Right Senior Living Community: A Step by Step Guide for Making an Informed Decision. Please contact us if we can provide further information or if you would like to schedule a personalized tour.