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Staying active as you age is essential to both your physical and mental health. A residential retirement community provides robust programs and opportunities for socialization that can provide seniors with myriad ways to remain healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.

The Importance of Aging Well and Staying Active  

One of the greatest benefits of staying active that seniors experience are the positive physical effects. Light exercise can help ward off a host of physical ailments, such as cardiovascular problems, weak immune systems, and other general health issues like fatigue, fragility, and insomnia. Staying active is a great way to improve one’s overall physical health, but perhaps more pressingly, it also helps maintain and improve one’s mental health as well. Seniors who lead rich social lives like those provided in a senior assisted living community, can experience better mental acuity and cognition, which can help conditions such as memory loss and dementia.

In addition, a senior’s happiness, and ability to feel belonging and appropriate self-worth also stems from their social group. A healthy social group can help a senior avoid the brunt of loneliness and isolation that usually accompanies aging and retirement in society. Being invited, and able to participate in activities with their peers makes it easier to age with grace and dignity. In assisted living communities, especially those with a limited number of residents, seniors are accepted as valuable members of the group. This allows many seniors to feel supported and an important part of the community providing purpose and meaning.

Residential Assisted Living Homes Make Staying Active Easier

Residential assisted living communities have a thriving social and activities program.  Residents from a wide range of backgrounds contribute to different events which make the activities even more fun and engaging. These experiences allow residents the chance to connect with their neighbors through a variety of interests.

Each day, residents can engage in planned activities and events that promote socialization as well as cognitive and physical health. Each month, a team of caregivers diligently plan and execute programs which provide residents with fun, stimulating, and rich activities daily. This allows seniors the opportunity to bond with their neighbors, which gives them deeper and more meaningful chances to build friendships.

Assisted Living Home Benefits

A key factor to developing and maintaining friendships is proximity. Getting to an activity is as easy as visiting a next-door neighbor. Being in close range to peers allows residents to form bonds that could otherwise take a longer time to develop. Ongoing engaging, stimulating, and satisfying activities allow for better conversation and topics between residents and provide opportunities for friendships to grow.

Moreover, activities in a residential assisted living home is customized to meet each senior’s ability and needs. Caregivers take the needs of participating residents into account and tailor each activity to ensure it’s beneficial for all. This allows all residents an opportunity to take part in each activity to varying degrees, making everyone feel appreciated and included.

However, tailoring activities to suit the physical needs of residents is not the only customization available. In smaller communities like Saguaro Ranch Luxury Assisted Living, residents can vocalize their interests and hobbies, as well as have input in the activities they’d like to engage. An open line of communication is kept so all residents can feel heard and contribute. An added benefit to living in a smaller community means residents can also have small, unplanned activities with their friends who share niche interests like a game of cards.

An assisted living community allows each resident the chance to develop meaningful relationships with a community of people who, with time become close friends. The strength of a smaller community provides each resident the opportunity to feel the emotional and social support they need to stay active and healthy as they age.