We counsel many older adults and their families about finding the right living situation to maintain a high quality of life. When families begin to explore senior living communities, most often some sort of health event triggered their interest. But one of the key benefits of living in a senior community that is sometimes overlooked is the value that social engagement plays in the quality of living for seniors.
While older adults often equate independence with living in their own home, it can mean social isolation. We have many stories of older adults, who after moving into one of our communities actually became more independent and active. New friendships are forged. With a full calendar of engaging activities to choose from, they’ve become more than participants, they become actively involved.
At Laureate Group
Talk to seniors living in Laureate Group communities and you will find many examples of people who have delved into a new creative pursuit since moving in. Take Lester Voge, who at the age of 96, developed a prototype for a board game: Tee’d Off…The Game of Your Life!, It could be a painting class or making stained glass. For others, it may be volunteering at a local school to help kids learn to read.
Each and every day we recognize the achievements of our older adults and work very hard to provide opportunities for them to engage in new pursuits. Their talent and enthusiasm is inspiring. May is Older Americans Month and a time that we tend to celebrate the achievement of our residents. And these are considerable! We share, enjoy, and congratulate the mastery of art, music, and the development of skill. It makes for a lot of parties, too.
A benefit of living in community with other seniors is that seeing someone else enjoy a hobby like quilting or painting, or taking on a volunteer job, can inspire one to try something new. Check out our Facebook Page and get inspired yourself.