Thriving Together: The Social and Emotional Benefits of Assisted Living Communities

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Humans are social animals. We need the companionship of others and to feel good about life and ourselves. Unfortunately, seniors are among the most isolated of age groups and can experience a range of negative health problems associated with isolation and loneliness. In assisted living, however, companionship and camaraderie are part of the carefree lifestyle that helps seniors stay connected and thrive.

A look at loneliness

It may not seem like a big deal, but loneliness is a growing health hazard among older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article, “Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions,” a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report found that more than a third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely and almost one-quarter of adults aged 65 and older are considered socially isolated.

Moreover, research now suggests the health risks associated with isolation and loneliness include:

  • Increased risk of premature death.
  • A 50% increased risk of dementia.
  • A 29% increased risk of heart disease.
  • A 32% increased risk of stroke.
  • Increased rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.

As social circles shrink, mobility becomes challenging and spouses and partners pass away, seniors often find themselves alone and lonely and suffer the consequences.

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The social benefits of assisted living

Assisted living isn’t just a place to live, it’s a community of peers who share interests, memories and time together. While many seniors think only of care when they think of assisted living, there is a social side to consider as well. Top assisted living communities like Sinceri’s offer a broad range of engaging social activities for residents to choose from like exercise classes, arts and crafts workshops, entertainment, and excursions, each designed to encourage and support healthy socialization.

But at Sinceri we have taken it a step further with our Elevate Program which is based on four factors that focus on promoting a lifestyle that is active, independent, social and purposeful:

#1: Right from the start we get to know each resident as a unique individual through our Resident Interest Profile that defines their life experiences, interests and hobbies, and what care or support they need to flourish. In this way we can help residents integrate with the greater community and meet friends with whom they share common interests.

#2: At Sinceri we believe life is for living and learning because gaining new knowledge through life-long learning helps build new skills and bolsters well-being, confidence and memory. To enable life-long learning we offer several options every month including guest speakers, fine arts programs and different educational series designed to entertain, teach and stimulate the mind.

#3: Another aspect of healthy aging is helping others so we offer our signature program, Sincerely, Sinceri which embraces giving back on a local, national and even international scale. Every month residents can join an outreach project that helps others and gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

#4: Everyone, even seniors, has dreams and we help our residents achieve theirs by creating programming and experiences that align with their goals and aspirations. Residents are also invited to participate in community program planning and development which adds to the feelings of accomplishment and pride and helps us provide exactly what our residents want and need.

The emotional benefits of assisted living

In addition to the very rewarding social aspects of assisted living, there are emotional benefits as well. One of the most compelling is that seniors no longer feel like a burden on their families and friends something that can go a long way to improving relationships that may be strained. Seniors can relax and enjoy every day knowing the time they spend with their families will be time for sharing without all the complications of care. Find out more in our blog, “Assisted Living Improves Quality of Life for Seniors and Their Families.”

Also not to be discounted is the feeling of relief that comes with being safe and secure at home. As noted in our blog, “Is Assisted Living the Right Option? 11 Factors to Consider,” seniors living at home are at risk for a variety of threats from falls to medication mismanagement. In assisted living, however, residents can expect 24-hour licensed supervision as well as a safe and accessible home that is always private and secure.

Sinceri assisted living offers a wonderful, engaging and healthy lifestyle with exactly the right level of care. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a tour. Find out more about assisted living communities: check out our free guide, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.

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