There is a misconception that senior independent living involves monotony, loneliness, and bad food. Quite the contrary. Many seniors discover that independent living is turning their existence into the best years of their lives. Their only regret is that they hadn't taken advantage of all the benefits sooner.
Independent living communities can be the best place for your retirement, and there are many logical reasons for that:
1.No Hassles, No Worries Remaining in your house may seem like a good plan. However, homeownership comes with wear and tear on aging appliances and the cost to have them repaired. Even if the repairs are simple, seniors with mobility issues may not want to handle them. There are no such worries at an independent senior living community. Mowing the lawn and leaky faucets are no longer a matter of concern. Repairs, landscaping, and basic food shopping are all taken care of. There are no separate bills for utilities and WiFi to consider. One payment takes care of everything. Also, independent living communities usually include a fitness center, extra security, and opportunities to explore new hobbies. In addition, as we age, climbing stairs and/or getting in and out of the shower can become more difficult and turn into a fall risk. Our spirit may be young, but our bodies can turn frail. In an independent living facility, residents usually have a call button in the event they require help from the on-duty staff, including getting in and out of a tub. This type of safety is priceless.
2.Staying Active One of the most dangerous things about living on your own is the possible lack of physical activity. Even if you belong to a gym, it is easy to make an excuse not to visit the gym. The sheer lack of exercise can lead to depression and cognitive deterioration. At an independent senior living facility, you can become part of an exercise group or develop a habit of joining a group for daily walks. It's a healthy lifestyle and will help you maintain your good health, both mental and physical.
3.Loneliness Is Painful Singer Hank Williams lamented, "I'm so lonesome, I could cry." Seniors can't actually get tested for loneliness, but chronic loneliness can become a serious hidden health problem. Over 42 million Americans admit to being lonely, and seniors comprise a large part of this group. A study published in the Journal of Gerontology provides a clear link between loneliness and dementia. There are many other similar studies. The need to socialize can become life-saving. A community of independent living assures that there is always someone with whom to enjoy meals, as well as daily and weekly events that bring people together in a fun way. Meeting new people and trying new things is a definite benefit of senior independent living.
4.Living the Good Life Independent senior living can add a certain indulgent quality to your life. Living on your own involves mundane tasks such as food shopping and traveling to the salon or a movie theater. These amenities and more are provided by the majority of senior living facilities. In most cases, needed necessities can be purchased on-site and regular grooming can be handled at the on-site salon. Seniors can join friends for regular movie nights. There usually is always something to keep seniors active or the opportunity to develop new interests, such as playing chess or new card games. These are not only fun activities that can be shared, but they are also designed to keep the mind sharp.For seniors, healthy eating needs to remain a priority. Independent living facilities have a choice of tasty and nutritious meals prepared by licensed dieticians.
5.Healthy Eating It's a basic fact of life that proper nutrition is needed for a physically and cognitively healthy existence. Unfortunately, when living alone, many seniors stop making mealtime a priority. A frozen dinner or a prepared can of soup will do. It's easy to lose a healthy appetite when there is no one with whom to share a good meal. For seniors, healthy eating needs to remain a priority. Independent living facilities have a choice of tasty and nutritious meals prepared by licensed dieticians.
When Is the Best Time to Find an Independent Living Community? Frankly, there are so many advantages to living in an independent living community, the answer is probably, the sooner the better. Instead of struggling with normal day-to-day tasks as we get older, seniors can simply begin enjoying life again to the fullest. Many regret not moving sooner
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