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5 Reasons Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities

Senior woman working out in a senior living community gym

There are hundreds of senior living communities all over the country. So you’re sure to find one in your dream retirement location. But if you or a loved one is considering moving into a senior living community, there’s more to consider than just its location. Not all communities are the same. One of the most important things to consider is the benefits of living at a community and the impact the lifestyle has on the people who live there.

When a loved one moves into a Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC), it’s not unusual for their family members to note positive changes in their parents’ physical and mental health. That’s because senior living communities foster health benefits that your elderly parent may not be able to realize on their own. Among them:

1. Nutritious Meals

Cooking can be a chore no matter how much we like it. As your parents have gotten older, they may have little interest in preparing meals, especially if they’re cooking for one. Physical ailments — such as arthritis or poor vision — as well as memory issues and confusion may also lessen your loved one’s ability to get the nutrition they must have to stay healthy. However, one of the benefits of a senior living community is, they’ll have daily access to healthy, well-balanced meals — without the need to cook or clean up. And if your loved one has special dietary needs, the community can cater to them.

2. Exercise Opportunities

Even the most committed seniors may forgo exercise if they live on their own, especially if aches and pains, a lack of companionship, or poor weather conspire against them. As a resident of a senior living community, however, your loved ones will have many opportunities to exercise in a safe and supervised environment. The community’s wellness director can work with them to develop a plan of activities that help them maintain strength, balance and cardio fitness. Exercise classes in the community also fulfill an important social need: The friendship, encouragement, and fun of group exercise can prompt them to keep coming back — even on those days they might otherwise skip it.

3. Mental Health And Social Stimulation

Seniors who live on their own are at risk of isolation and depression. In the senior living setting, however, your parents will benefit from meeting others, making friends, participating in hobbies and activities, and attending lively social events. Social stimulation will help them stay engaged with others, and can have a stimulating effect on their mental health and happiness.

4. Everyday Support

While your loved ones may not yet require full- or part-time assistance with everyday activities, your parents will likely welcome the support that a senior living community offers. A nurse, for example, may take routine blood pressure readings or manage their prescriptions. Housekeeping will help keep their residence tidy and more healthful; maintenance crews will change burned out light bulbs or fix things that are broken so they won’t stress about repairs. And the entire staff at the community can provide an “extra set of eyes” to help monitor how your parents are doing on a daily basis.

5. Safety Assurances

If your loved one falls at home, they may not be able to summon the help they need in an emergency. They also may grow fearful of living in the family home alone. But in a senior living community, their safety and security needs will be met. Well-lit hallways, building security systems, grab bars in the bathrooms, sprinkler systems and more all can add to their peace of mind and enhance their well-being.

Senior living communities offer care, support and services that can benefit your parents. To locate a Life Care Services® community in your area, use our Find a Community tool. We’d be happy to talk with you about how seniors can improve their wellness and maintain their quality of life in a senior living community. For more information on senior living, read along as we debunk eight senior living myths