May 16, 2019 - Peregrine Perspective
Getting Socially Involved in Your New Assisted Living Community
Assisted living communities are dedicated to helping seniors live their retirement years to the fullest. This means that it’s the goal of these communities to enrich the lives of each resident by supporting the mind, body and soul. Each of these important elements needs to be nourished and enriched to provide a comfortable environment that allows residents to thrive.
So, what are some ways that the top assisted living communities help residents get involved? Fitness, spiritual discovery, socialization and hobbies are all important pieces of the puzzle. If you or a loved one is considering assisted living, it might help influence your decision to learn about all the opportunities available to get involved and lead a happier, more social, lifestyle.
Social Interaction Opportunities at Assisted Living Communities
Social interaction is one of the most important components to finding happiness in an assisted living community. One of the common complaints among caregivers is that when older family members live alone, they lose valuable social skills and a desire to socialize with those around them.
Learn about some of the amazing social interaction opportunities available to residents at assisted living communities:
- Classes, Workshops and Outings
Lifelong learning is a great way for seniors to find fulfillment in their retirement years. Not only does it help to keep their memory sharp, but it also encourages them to explore new interests and meet new people. By engaging in challenging classes, seminars and community cultural events, older adults can stay on top of current events and learn new ways to connect with loved ones.
- Fitness Activities
Aside from going for walks around the senior living community, residents often have the opportunity to participate in fitness classes such as yoga, dancing, golf and aerobics. Even just visiting the pool can help seniors meet people with similar interests and who could keep them motivated in their fitness journey.
- Volunteer Opportunities and Spiritual Programs
It’s common for seniors to feel a loss of purpose as they get older. Volunteer opportunities within the community are a great way for seniors to get off-campus and meet new people in a variety of age groups. By finding purpose through volunteer work or spiritual celebrations of faith, residents can find a renewed zest for living.
Spending time outdoors is a great way to recharge the batteries. Gardening is a low-impact activity that encourages seniors to interact and work towards a common goal. Whether planting vegetables or flowers, it’s a wonderful hobby that allows seniors to get out and enjoy the world from a different perspective.
One thing to remember is that socialization doesn’t have to be in the form of a structured activity or class. Just doing simple things like enjoying dinners in the dining room instead of in the apartment, or spending free time in the common areas instead of a bedroom can go a long way in encouraging social interaction and building friendships.
Encouraging Socialization at Peregrine Senior Living
It is our belief at Peregrine Senior Living that seniors should continue their pursuit for purpose, validation and fulfillment. In doing so, they open themselves up to the possibility of making new friends, learning more about themselves and finding joy in life. We invite you to learn more about our approach to successful aging and to take a tour of our assisted living community.