Have you noticed your loved one becoming less connected with others and the world? That can easily happen, especially for those who live alone and may not be able to join in activities as they once did.
Being engaged plays an important role in happiness and quality of life. But the challenge can become how to find these opportunities as we grow older.
Although it can have a different meaning for each of us, the following are a few general ideas:
We need to have people to share our lives with and that we can turn to for support – and provide the same for them. No matter how proficient we become at technology and communicating through screens and over the internet, it will never be a true substitute for an in-person experience.
Most of us have a vision of the lifestyle we desire. Earlier in life, the demands of child-raising or careers often get in the way. But now is the time to make those dreams happen. We need to make sure we’re on track to reach our goals and are taking steps to make them possible.
One of the keys to successful aging is to keep moving. And that includes both your body and your mind. Find ways to stay physically active and your brain stimulated through exercise, playing games, or pushing yourself to learn a new skill. Try to move outside of your comfort zone.
One of the best steps you can take is to commit to never stop learning. You don’t need to sit in a classroom either. Life offers continual opportunities and you’ll want to take advantage of them. Consider learning a new language, picking up a musical instrument you’ve always wanted to play or making a new friend.
Opposites may attract but knowing others that you have much in common with can make life richer. It’s comforting and fulfilling to spend time with those who have similar interests and experiences. It also creates a familiar atmosphere and people often tend to look after each other.
If your family is considering assisted living for a loved one, you’ll be happy to know that among the many advantages that communities offer, supporting each other to remain engaged in life is at the top of the list. Here’s a summary of what you’ll find:
As we grow older, it’s easier to become lonely or even isolated. Whether it’s losing a spouse or family member, friends who move away or it becomes more difficult to plan activities or join in with others, eventually it may seem easier to stay at home.
In assisted living, your loved one will share a community with those who have similar life experiences. It is much easier to meet and make new friends as they share many of the same interests and hobbies.
One key to remaining engaged in life is to be an active participant in the world. Older adults make that happen by keeping up with the news and what is happening on both a local and global scale. They are also interested in continuing to learn and better understand their surroundings.
In assisted living, your parent will find many opportunities to participate in lifelong education. Many communities will bring in guest speakers to talk on topics of interest – from financial matters to world travel. The conversations between residents and staff also provides insight.
Most older adults would like to stay physically active but the challenge becomes in having access. If your loved one no longer is driving, he or she might discover the alternative transportation options don’t work for them. And older adults often hesitate to ask anyone for a ride.
In assisted living, two great benefits have the residents covered. Someone else has planned different activities so all your loved one will need to do is choose from a monthly calendar. And convenience? When they open their front door they’ll find everything they need within walking distance.
Not only do communities have fitness equipment, they also have someone who can show the residents the right way to do an exercise. If traditional exercises aren’t the preference, your loved one may want to consider taking a yoga or meditation class.
It’s just as important to keep the mind in shape as it is for the body. Your parent may want to consider joining a book club or discussion group. They may choose to take part in classes or artistic lessons that push their conceptualizing skills. And joining others for social activities is not only fun but is also great for the brain.
We need other people, especially as we grow older. Research has uncovered the many detrimental effects that loneliness and isolation can have on both our physical and emotional health.
One benefit of community life is the ease in meeting new people and making friends. Your parent will be living near those who they have much in common. But what makes it even nicer are all the opportunities there are to meet these people. With the community’s social events, activities and other common areas, it’s never been easier.
Assisted living can help your loved one remain engaged and participate fully in life, while receiving the helping hand they may need with the activities of daily living.
The role at Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Assisted Living community is to support our residents to live their best life possible. The residences, activities and amenities are tailored to meet their preferences. And the benefits don’t stop there.
Privacy, assistance whenever needed, delicious chef-prepared meals and scheduled transportation are among the advantages we offer. Your loved one will feel right at home in the spacious living suite with its own bathroom and large walk-in shower. And meeting and making new friends with our programs and social opportunities will occur easily.
If you would like more information about assisted living, please download our free resource, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.
Please visit our website for more information or call (703) 420-7105 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.