Humans are social creatures. The desire for companionship and connection doesn’t go away as we age. Instead, it becomes more critical to maintain a socially active lifestyle, especially in retirement. Seniors living alone are at an increased risk of depression and isolation due to declining abilities or access to social opportunities.
Conversely, increased socialization can significantly benefit the health and wellness of older adults. The positive, uplifting environments in senior living communities can substantially improve their quality of life. Seniors living in a community with one another enjoy a collection of meaningful interactions that promote their sense of belonging.
Social isolation in seniors is, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence. If the human need for connection remains unfulfilled, cognitive function declines. However, seniors in a community environment experience the following benefits:
- Meaningful relationships. Senior communities offer a variety of floor plans where residents are just a few steps away from each other — the opportunity to form meaningful friendships with other residents living close by leaves a lasting impact.
- Reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. Without a daily routine or gatherings to anticipate, older adults living alone begin to feel lonely and isolated. A vibrant community can reduce stress, anxiety, and hopelessness, as the fulfilled need for connection ignites a sense of belonging.
- Healthier cognitive function. Community social events and outings encourage residents to meet new people and form deep connections. Positive relationships keep seniors emotionally invested, engaged, and mentally stimulated, contributing to healthy cognitive function.
- Reduced risk of memory loss and other types of mental decline. The mind becomes increasingly important as we age, and participating in social activities is vital to its preservation.
When seniors are engaged mentally and emotionally through social interaction, they experience physical benefits also.
Physical Health Benefits
Many seniors who stay socially active are also physically active. Whether coordinating group walks around the property or attending a fitness class together, socially engaged seniors are more inclined to exercise.
- Lengthened lifespan. Regular exercise can elongate seniors’ lifespans since a healthy physical state boosts cardiovascular and immune functions and contributes to brain health.
- Fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. Independent and assisted living communities in Huntsville, TX, cater their amenities and activities toward the overall well-being of residents, ensuring they live fulfilling and healthy lives.
- Boosted quality of life. Seniors participating in physical activity with others that have the same desire adds infinite value to their cognitive, physical, and emotional wellness. Therefore, social interaction and physical activity are combined in community living to boost quality of life.
Senior Social Activities at Sundale
Assisted Living Amenities
At Sundale Senior Living in Huntsville, TX, we emphasize proper care of the whole person. Therefore, we provide compassionate physical support for those who need it and offer various independent social programs and events for residents to stay involved. Our independent and assisted living options include best-in-class amenities and programs for seniors to enjoy a stress-free lifestyle. Examples include:
- Housekeeping and laundry services, removing the burden of chores and granting residents free time to do what they love
- Transportation services to medical appointments and weekly outings to the store, movie theater, or parks for a change of scenery
- On-site beauty salon pampers each resident, boosting their confidence and reducing feelings of hopelessness
Social Events for Seniors
At Sundale, we understand how important it is for seniors to participate in events that interest them, so we encourage our residents to help determine events and programs that land on the calendar. We hold resident council meetings to discuss the group’s likes or dislikes about events and brainstorm ideas of interest. Our friendly staff encourages all residents to participate in the community programs and spend time socializing in common areas, thus lowering feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Examples of programs our residents enjoy include: