We all need social interaction to thrive. But as we grow older, unfortunately, that can become more difficult, instead of easier to accomplish. Vital to both physical and emotional health, our ability to connect with others is a priority. Understanding the effects of social isolation and what preventive actions we can take are the first steps to aging well.
It’s true that not all those who live alone are isolated. It’s also quite possible to feel lonely while living with other people. But living alone may increase the chance of social isolation because there might not be someone bringing it to your attention or to discuss possible solutions.
Although some people choose to live more of an isolated life, for most it’s an unwanted situation that can arrive along with aging. Immobility and depression can also lead to social isolation. Yet, those who move into an Independent Living community may find their perfect solution.
The seriousness of this condition lies in its detrimental effect on a person’s physical and emotional health. Research has found a link between social isolation and these conditions:
Natural events often increase our isolation. We may no longer be working and have lost our network of fellow employees. Our children and families may be scattered and friends often move away.
If we live in a traditional neighborhood with young families, we might find our lifestyles have little in common. Or if we live in more rural areas, we may be distant from everyone. And if you’re one of the 28% of older adults who live alone, there may be an increased risk.
Our age can also contribute to isolating factors. We may be driving less or have quit driving altogether, making it harder to meet up with friends to socialize. We might see our nutrition start to slip if we tire of shopping and cooking for every meal.
If we live where there isn’t easy access to mass transportation, we may find it more difficult to keep up a healthy lifestyle, such as regularly going to the gym for exercise or attending events that stimulate our minds, for example enjoying a lecture, museum exhibit or concert.
Our ability to meet or make new friends decreases at a time in life when we need them the most. If you see this type of pattern forming in your life, it’s time to look for solutions.
One answer that allows you to cross off almost everything on the list is moving to an Independent Living community. Why do they work so well?
At an Independent Living community, you’ll find yourself sharing the same life experiences with your neighbors and other residents.
Everything there is planned with you in mind. You’ll find all the support you need for the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
It’s not easy to create new relationships. But when you take part in programs and events with those in your community, making friends becomes natural and easy.
A full social calendar and events are bound to have something of interest for everyone. How does movie night, a dance class or wine tasting sound? You’ll find plenty of activities to stimulate your body and mind. Plus you’ll have lots of fun.
When you move to a community, you’ll have no excuses for not staying active. Look for those that include a gym, equipment and weights. Also, find out what classes they may offer that you can take with friends, such as water aerobics or yoga.
You’ll want choices here so look for communities that offer options. Some may have a more formal dining room and a casual café. Either way, there should be lots of nutritious and delicious favorites on the menus.
Most communities offer activities on-site so there’s no need to drive. Going to exercise, grabbing a quick bite to eat or meeting up with friends for a cocktail hour are all right outside your front door. And if they do plan special events off-site, transportation is usually provided.
One of the best perks of retirement living is that you’ll finally have more time to spend the days and nights as you wish. With housekeeping available and no more maintenance chores to take care of, you’ll find fun ways to fill your days.
At Ingleside at King Farm, you’ll find a warm and welcoming community and our commitment to not only meet your expectations but to support you in creating an amazing quality of life.
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You’ll also find a variety of dining options, as well as scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping, concerts and other events. You’ll have easy access to King Farm’s shuttle system that loops to the Metro and walking paths that lead to The King Farm Village Center, just a few blocks away.
We think you’ll agree, you will find everything you need to stay healthy, active and socially engaged.
Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized virtual tour today.