According to research, seniors who move to a retirement community settings live 7-10 years stronger, not just longer, compared to continuing to live in their private homes. They have less stress because of the maintenance-free, carefree lifestyle. There are opportunities to socialize, benefiting their mental health, and opportunities to take care of their physical health by participating in exercise and wellness programs. Plus, seniors in independent retirement communities have the peace of mind in knowing there are services available if help is needed.
Seniors who live in their own homes face obstacles like stairs and other hazards that can affect the ease of their daily living. Most senior living communities are specially designed to be easily navigable for older adults. With adult children who work, a senior who is living alone and becomes ill or suffers a fall could go hours or more without being discovered by someone who can help them. In an independent retirement community optional safety measures are in place. Residents can participate in a daily check program should they desire this service. This service provides peace of mind and a sense of security for the resident.
As we age, we may find our social circle beginning to shrink. When this occurs seniors may find themselves more isolated or lonesome. When living in an independent retirement community, residents have the opportunity to enjoy going out into the community at any time of the day to spend time with friends. Opportunities to engage with others are literally right outside the doorway! This social aspect of a retirement community adds to over-all well-being and successful aging!
Research: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313968847
Credit: https://www.bethesdahealth.org/