By Brenda Aue
While moving to a new place can be overwhelming for seniors, there are many benefits to life in a senior living community that can make it an exciting time for your loved one. The people they’ll meet, the sense of security and the stress-free, healthy lifestyle available can help provide new possibilities for those looking to begin their next chapter.
Socialization is important at any age. In senior living communities, there are always new people to meet. But because of the comradery found in senior living communities, many say that their neighbors have become like family — and the support provided by neighbors is an undeniable perk. Just walking down the street, you’ll see people smiling and waving as they pass. Most are eager to welcome new people into their ever-expanding circle. And being surrounded by a network of supportive people can provide a sense of security. Sometimes residents even find a special someone among the new people they have met.
Safety features provide peace of mind, including guest sign-in, gated areas and standard emergency call systems and support staff. More importantly for some, is the benefit of financial security. Low-cost senior living opportunities keep basic expenses more affordable, removing a lot of worry. Having essential shops nearby also helps keep these costs low. Many communities offer restaurants, grocery stores, houses of worship, barbershops and beauty salons, banks and more on site or within walking distance. It’s convenient to take care of a day’s errands all at once.
Transportation options are often available — from shopping mall trips to rides to doctor’s appointments. This amenity can help give the peace of mind that your loved one can get around safely. Knowing that they don’t have to worry about affording and maintaining a vehicle can help add to that sense of financial security.
Maintaining a healthy, stress-free lifestyle is much easier in a senior living community. There are services provided such as lawn care, property maintenance and housekeeping that help take some weight off your loved one’s shoulders. There’s no need to worry about climbing ladders or scrubbing bathtubs. It’s a relief to know help is there when needed.
For those looking to stay strong and healthy, communities generally offer several different options for keeping fit, including gyms, swimming pools, various sports areas and walking or riding paths. Fitness classes are offered on a regular basis. By herself or with some of her new friends, it’s easy for your loved one to keep fit with so many options!
A variety of activities help provide a meaningful lifestyle. Senior living communities often offer many different social, educational and religious activities to help keep the mind, body and spirit active. Most communities offer a wide variety of activities year round, including special events, games, classes, hobbies and special worship services. Volunteer opportunities provide purpose and help keep skills sharp.
With so many chances to enjoy friendships and meaningful pastimes in a stress-free environment, it’s no surprise that people quickly fall in love with senior living communities. If you would like more information on Advent Christian Village, Florida’s first retirement community, visit www.acvillage.net or call (386) 658-5291.
About the author: Brenda Aue has worked at Advent Christian Village since 1997 and has been the Onsite Housing Manager of Carter House since 2001. She is a Certified Occupancy Specialist and Certified Manager of Housing and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science.