Benefits of Senior Living Communities





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By Chrstina Kim

Back in the early 1900s, average life expectancy peaked at around 50 years old. Compare that to the average life expectancy today, which is 78.7 years old.  In fact, recent studies report the population of those aged 85 and older is projected to increase 351 percent from the year 2010 through 2050.

Thanks to advances in medicine and the recognition that making healthy choices improves someone’s lifespan, seniors today are more actively engaged than ever before. For example, someone may stay employed longer or volunteer in their community, or may enjoy a relaxing retirement lifestyle, spending quality time with friends and family and discovering new hobbies.

One thing is for sure, more and more seniors today recognize the benefits of downsizing their current home and moving to a senior living community. These communities are designed with residents’ specific needs, health and happiness in mind and allow them to remain physically, mentally and socially active. Senior community living offers a maintenance-free lifestyle where day-to-day living is convenient, engaging, and support is easy to access when needed.

Many seniors and their families are “on the fence” about whether community living is right for them.  The following highlights some of the benefits for seniors:

  1. Lifestyle – Moving into an independent living villa or apartment home while one is still healthy and active can help keep you that way. However, if your needs do change down the road, additional levels of support, like assisted living accommodations, may be available at your same community. Transitioning to a higher level of support within the community offers comfort as you are already familiar with the community and staff.
  2. Leave the home maintenance to someone else. In senior living communities, home maintenance tasks become a thing of the past. Leave the grass cutting or snow shoveling to others. This means you’ll have more time to spend on the activities you enjoy most.
  3. Boost your health with life-enriching activities and wellness programs. Enhancing your mind, body and soul is easy at a senior living community. Many communities offer countless opportunities for lifelong learning, wellness programming and group travel outings.
  4. Nutritious meals. Senior living communities offer a variety of dining experiences for their residents, usually with tasteful, nutritious choices that you can enjoy with others.  Research has shown that seniors living alone are often lonely and skip meals, putting them at risk for chronic health problems.
  5. Improve relationships with your loved ones. One of the best benefits of moving to a retirement neighborhood is the positive impact it can have on your family relationships. Your loved ones will have peace of mind that you’re enjoying a vibrant lifestyle with all the support you need to truly thrive. Relationships quickly evolve from caregiver/care recipient back to parent/child, which allows for more enjoyment for all involved.

Are you interested in starting your own positive aging journey?   Visit Silver Maples Retirement Neighborhood in Chelsea.  Their knowledgeable and compassionate staff can help you determine whether a senior living community is right for you and your family.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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