As we age, we find ourselves with more time, the thing that’s been in short supply for as long as we can remember. But somehow, life can feel more difficult, and even more lonely. The time we have is swallowed up by everyday tasks that take longer than they used to. When we do have time, there are less friends around to spend it with than there used to be. Moving to a senior living community can help us make the most of our time and provide us with a great foundation for this new phase in life. The benefits to body, mind, and heart are hard to ignore.
For many people, health is an all-consuming, but ever-elusive goal throughout life. As we age, it becomes more important than ever to maintain our health and well-being. But that added importance doesn’t make it any easier to keep up with proper diet and exercise. That’s where assisted living comes in.
First and foremost, meals are taken care of. Three times a day, you get nutritious meals, and best of all, they’re cooked for you. That’s a chore you can take off your list, adding more time to your day. If there are special dietary guidelines you need to adhere to, those will be taken into account.
Then there’s exercise. Proper exercise does more than simply keep waistbands in check. As we age, we become more prone to injury. Exercise builds strength and flexibility, aiding mobility and helping to make injuries far less common. As an added bonus, folks who exercise recover from injuries more quickly than those who don’t exercise. In assisted living, various exercise classes are held right there in the community.
Physical exercise does more than boost our bodies; it helps our minds as well. Studies have shown that physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps prevent against conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
And that’s just physical exercise. Mental exercise helps keep our brains fit, too.How do you exercise your brain? Largely through learning and challenging yourself. So picking up or re-immersing yourself in hobbies related to art, music, or even learning a language can yield tremendous benefits. Just like with physical exercise, classes for these activities abound in senior living.
Physical exercise helps strengthen our minds, as does mental exercise. Those are some pretty great rewards for time put in. And with cooking and cleaning taken care of by the staff at the senior living community, you’ve got more time to devote to those activities. Another benefit is that these activities can help keep us happy. Engaging in regular physical exercise is a proven way to help stave off depression at any age.
Depression is a major concern for seniors. One thing that puts many of us at risk is an increasing sense of loneliness. Family members might be busy, and friends may no longer be with us or may have relocated. All of these activities we’ve been discussing—the communal meals, the exercise programs, the classes and craft groups—they all occur in social settings. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by a whole world of new people, many of whom share your interests as you dive into new classes and activities together. Many senior living communities also organize trips and volunteering excursions, offering more chances to engage with others and spend your time fruitfully and joyfully.
Senior living communities like Lexington Square offer a chance for a brand-new start. Our Chicago-area communities serve as homes for an active, engaged population of seniors. Give us a call at 630.812.7241 to learn more.