Whether you’re considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, the same questions often come up. Most centers provide a safe environment, a high standard of care, and meet basic nutritional needs. However, not all are committed to the well-being of the resident beyond these basic needs being met. Not all communities consider the level of happiness and health that the residents experience on a daily basis.
Regardless of age, all humans have the same basic needs — to explore, have fun, learn, socialize, and live life to the fullest. In fact, social isolation increases the risk for dementia and other health problems and has even been linked to a shortened life expectancy.
This is why it’s so important for assisted living communities to have a full schedule of stimulating social activities.
Those That Participate in Activities Are Happier
Did you know that seniors who engage in social activities for six hours or more every day are happier than those who do not? The activities provided by most senior care centers are in place to do more than just pass time… they encourage residents to get involved in their community and have meaningful experiences.
What are common assisted living activities?
Classes and workshops
Lifelong learners will be happy to take part in the many classes and workshops available. Everything from painting and sign language classes to book clubs, computer classes, foreign language classes, and writing workshops.
Dancing can be a daily event in many communities due to its widespread popularity. Residents often enjoy ballroom dancing, line dancing, swing dancing, and more. Dancing is fun and keeps residents moving in a social setting… good all around!
From live cover bands to drama groups, stand up comedians, and visiting choirs, there’s something for everyone in this category. The variety is fun for everyone and can be a great way to include family and friends.
Exercise helps seniors fight depression, increase mobility, and even reduce dementia symptoms. Fitness is taken very seriously at senior centers today. Tai Chi, Zumba, and yoga are some of the most loved options available in many communities.
Holiday-themed dances and dinners, carnivals, and car shows are just a few of the events that many senior communities take part in today.
Field trips to concerts, museums, sports events, and shows are a regular occurrence and many senior living communities today. Friends and family can join in on the field trip fun and make memories with their senior loved ones.
Nature is healing. Many senior living communities offer regular opportunities to get out and enjoy fresh air, stroll among the trees, and have a nice picnic while enjoying spectacular nature views.
There’s an immense variety of activities available to seniors living in assisted living communities today. The activities outlined above are just the tip of the iceberg, but are representative of how they truly can enrich the lives of the residents in these communities.
Want to learn more about our full activity schedule? Give our team of care professionals a call today to book your tour of our community.