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June 15, 2017
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Independent Living: Retirement's Best-Kept Secret

Posted by Franklin Park

It is a common misconception that the time to move into senior living is the time when you have no other choice. The thought is that being a healthy and active retired adult means you have to wait to take advantage of all the benefits of communal living. However, these adults soon realized that they could enjoy all the benefits of a senior living community, even before needing any assistive help. So then, why should an active adult consider the idea of independent living?

IMPROVED SOCIAL LIFE

Everyone knows the importance of community on overall wellness and independent living embraces this importance. It is easy to feel more and more isolated as we age; so moving into a community helps combats isolation and depression. In an independent living community, there are many ways to stay social including large social areas, full schedules of optional activities, and of course other contemporary seniors! Being around people is the best way to improve your quality of life, and keep you feeling young.

There are many studies done regarding the benefit of social activity, but one close to the heart of older adults is a study done by Bryan James, an epidemiologist, on cognitive decline:

"James looked at how social activity affected cognitive decline. Over 1100 seniors without dementia at baseline were measured on their social activity levels and then tested periodically on their cognitive functioning over a 12-year period. The rate of cognitive decline was 70 percent less in people with frequent social contact than those with low social activity." 1

REDUCED HOME MAINTENANCE

Many adults can appreciate the option to not to have to do daily cooking, lawn care, or any other home maintenance project. This is a perfect time to take advantage of some free time that you now might have by reducing the stresses that can come with owning a home.

In independent living communities, you have options available to you. If you enjoy cooking, you can cook, or if you do not, head to the dining room to enjoy gourmet meals prepared by a professional chef. If you miss working outside, there are many opportunities like gardening to be out and enjoy the sun.

KEEPS YOU ACTIVE

It is easy to slip into a sedentary lifestyle when you live on your own. You have to find ways to stay active - sitting in front of a TV can be so much easier. In an independent living community, you will have to find time to relax and sit down! There are always ways to stay active with a calendar full of things to do. Many independent living communities, like our Alamo Heights and our TPC Parkway communities, provide activities like:

  • Exercise Classes
  • Holiday Parties
  • Movie & Popcorn Nights
  • Bible Study & Worship
  • Pottery
  • Baking Clubs
  • …And Tons More! 

With all of the great activities in independent living like an improved social life, no home maintenance and a long list of daily activities, it is hard not to want to move right now! Interested in learning more about our independent living communities in San Antonio, Texas. Contact our Alamo Heights or TPC Parkway communities, today. 

1http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_social_connections_keep_seniors_healthy

Topics: Independent Living