Community Connection: How Independent Living Fosters Social Engagement and Fulfillment

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Retirement is a time for freedom and fun, but it can also be a time when socialization dwindles and staying connected becomes more difficult. Work relationships taper off as you leave the workplace, friends and neighbors move away and spouses and partners pass away, leaving even active seniors feeling lonely and isolated. In independent living communities, however, the emphasis is on connecting with others and finding new ways to embrace retirement as a time for social engagement and fulfillment.

6 ways independent living communities foster resident social engagement and fulfillment

A connected lifestyle

Independent living in the 21st century is inherently social, something research has found to be essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. As noted in our blog, “Isolation in Seniors and Why Socialization Is So Important for Their Overall Well-Being,” a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found loneliness and isolation increase the risk for a variety of health problems including pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, addiction, suicidality and self-harm, dementia, and a shorter life span.

Independent living communities like Sinceri Senior Living make socializing easy by providing not only a warm and welcoming environment but also a range of fun and engaging activities, outings and events every single day. Much like a luxury resort, residents can choose what they want to do and who they want to do it with at their leisure. Independent living also helps improve the amount of quality time residents are able to spend with family since they no longer have to worry about home upkeep and repair.

Intellectual stimulation

Another important aspect of a healthy and social lifestyle is intellectual stimulation. Reaching for greater knowledge in areas of interest helps promote an agile and active brain which in turn promotes overall health and well-being. At Sinceri Senior Living we take it one step further by supporting life-long learning through our “Elevate” program. Our independent living residents participate together in a diverse array of life-long learning options each month that include fine arts programs, educational classes, and guest speakers. In addition, we also support opportunities for learning in the greater community, such as through formal educational resources, museums and science venues around town.

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Fitness and activities

Getting back in shape and maintaining a healthy body is key to staying active and independent. It’s also something that takes a lot of willpower to stick with when living at home. In independent living, exercising can actually be fun because of all the different options available. Strength building, cardio, flexibility, and balance training are areas of exercise residents can easily incorporate into a doable exercise routine – and it provides yet another opportunity to be social! Even more important is that working out with others has rewards. According to the nbcnews.com article, “The Health Benefits of Working Out With a Crowd,” exercising in a group is more motivating and can help teach new and better ways to stay on track and achieve fitness goals.

Purpose and fulfillment

Many seniors look ahead to retirement as a time when they can do all the things on their bucket list and not have to worry about work. When the day comes, finding purpose and fulfillment can go a long way toward a second act that is rewarding as well as gratifying. Often this means giving back by volunteering to share knowledge and expertise or by getting involved in a worthwhile cause. The sky is the limit when it comes to volunteering because so many groups and organizations welcome help and seniors have a lot to gain by giving even a little of themselves.

For example, our blog, “9 benefits to volunteering in retirement,” notes that volunteering can help seniors get more exercise, improve mental health, experience a sense of belonging, learn new skills, and build social connections, all of which can improve quality of life. Moreover, a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service described in the americorps.gov article, “Volunteering Helps Keep Seniors Healthy, New Study Suggests,” found volunteering may not only help maintain good health but improve it, and may also diminish feelings of isolation and depression while expanding social connections.

Time for dreams and aspirations

Experiencing new things and delving into new areas of interest is especially fun for seniors. At Sinceri we pay special attention to our residents’ goals and dreams and work hard to support them through programming that caters to their interests, hobbies and desires. The best part is that the carefree lifestyle of independent living provides the time to pursue those aspirations because they no longer spend time on the myriad responsibilities of home ownership and can enjoy the retirement of their dreams.

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