Socially Active Seniors Are Healthier, Happier People
April 03, 2019
Submitted by Wesley Manor Retirement Community
Staying connected and engaged in everyday life through community connections and social activities becomes more important as we grow older. Recent studies show that elders who don’t stay connected with friends, family, and their community, will experience more chronic and life-changing health problems. It’s clear that isolation is a serious health risk for older adults.
That’s why Wesley Manor Retirement Community in Hattiesburg, MS strives to help elders who are transitioning into their next age find the perfect balance between their old life and their new life. The staff places special emphasis on social engagement and community involvement. They encourage elders to stay connected to their peers and the greater community they live in. By being more social, seniors maintain their physical and cognitive skills longer.
Wesley Manor Retirement Community offers elders a full calendar of life enriching activities. Through entertaining and educational programs, residents maintain active, healthy lifestyles. Some of the regular resident engagement events include the following:
- Games with peers and family members to boost interaction and cognitive reasoning
- Physical activities keep elders moving with scheduled exercise classes, planned trips, daily walking, and fun dance parties
- Immersive musical programs featuring group singing and instrumental performances that include both residents and community guests
- Creative endeavors that allow individual expression through crafting, gardening, and cooking
- Social gatherings centered around local outings, themed parties, and small-group meetings
- Continued education accessibility through our in-house library and computer lab as well as through planned seminars on topics ranging from healthy living to politics
Wesley Manor also recognizes that nutrition is the key to healthy and happy aging. They offer delicious food in settings that entice residents to choose the foods that will make their meals enjoyable. Meal time is a nourishing and social experience where elders can enjoy well-balanced meals prepared for them and served restaurant-style. Here they can interact with neighbors and staff alike.
One of the most important features of living in a retirement community is the development of lasting relationships with people who understand age-related changes. Having someone who can identify with, empathize with, and even laugh at shared struggles helps older adults stay positive. Elders can live independently knowing that help is near, if needed, and the worries of home ownership, such as maintenance, utilities, transportation, and taxes are all taken care by the community, allowing them to spend their free time on people and activities that enrich their life. Living where you’re surrounded by friends and family feels great no matter your age. For older adults, it also makes a difference in both the quality and the length of life.
The benefits of belonging to a retirement community and spending leisure time productively are too important to ignore. Community living can take away the fear of aging and offer seniors the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. Retirement communities like Wesley Manor specialize in making senior living easier and more affordable. And while seniors often put off making the transition to a retirement community, the benefits gained by moving in earlier can lengthen one’s life.
To schedule a tour or find out more about retirement living at Wesley Manor, call 601-264-8847 or visit www.mss.org.
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