How retirement communities help with healthy aging

Sep 30, 2022, 9:19 AM
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This article about retirement communities is presented by Summit Vista. 

Many retirement communities are also referred to as life plan communities or continuing care retirement communities. These are places for older people who want a long-term option to stay in the same place for their later chapters in life. 

Choosing to live in one of these communities also helps with healthy aging. Read on to learn about a few major benefits of how retirement communities enhance the lives of the people who live in them and the families that visit them. 

Personalized fitness programs

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Most retirement communities have a fitness specialist on their staff to keep your body well and your mind sharp. These trainers can create a custom plan for you to follow that meets you at any point on your fitness journey. They also create opportunities to get outside or involved in a new activity you might not have tried before. 

Make new friends and reconnect with old ones

It can be hard to make friends as you age, but in a retirement community, there are many opportunities to develop a strong social life. This benefits your physical and mental health and helps prevent stress and other related illnesses. 

You can improve your emotional well-being by connecting with neighbors through special interest clubs, social groups, events, or even a simple visit. 

Pursue your passions

Retiring opens the possibilities of pursuing passions you may not have tried before. At a retirement community, people bring their own talents and interests to share with others. You can usually find several activities such as gardening, cooking, or different arts and crafts classes. Some centers even go on trips and provide transportation to explore the area. 

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In addition, there are usually many social events and gatherings in common areas and clubhouses. Check out their schedule for upcoming game nights, dances, or other socials to meet your neighbors and create lasting memories. 

On-call healthcare and support 

At a retirement community, a fully equipped staff is ready to support you during any moment of crisis. First responders are on site to keep the community secure, with licensed nurses on call in case the need comes up. 

There are also housekeeping services such as cooking and cleaning to assist you in everyday living. Before you decide on a community, ask them if they can accommodate special diets and needs to see if it fits your lifestyle. 

Nourish your spiritual life

Connecting with other people at the same stage in your life journey can be an enriching way to enhance your spiritual life. Many retirement communities offer multi-denominational services for people of various faiths. Growing closer to your neighbors through spirituality is a great way to support them during moments of need.

There are so many other benefits to living in a retirement community. At Summit Vista in Utah, they are changing everything you’ve ever heard about retirement. Request your free information kit today to learn more about their amenities and services. 

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