Retirement Living Expert Says Socialization Drives the Calendar of Events at Vi CCRCs

Socialization can be as important as diet and exercise when it comes to living a long and happy life, according to an article in the August issue of "Vi Living," the publication for residents of Vi, a developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities. At Vi, residents are offered services and care with an approach grounded in whole-person wellness.

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JoAnne Carlin, Vice President of Resident Care at Vi

Life at Vi offers the opportunity to stay connected with others because you are in a community where you can meet others easily and naturally through programs and activities offered as part of the lifestyle.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 23, 2012

Socialization can be as important as diet and exercise when it comes to living a long and happy life, according to an article in the August issue of "Vi Living," the publication for residents of Vi, a developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities.

In the article, “Why Socialization Is Important,” Vi’s Vice President of Resident Care, JoAnne Carlin comments: “One of the keys to feeling happy and well is to remain connected with friends, family and doing the things you enjoy. Life at Vi offers the opportunity to stay connected with others because you are in a community where you can meet others easily and naturally through the programs and activities offered as part of the lifestyle.”

The relationship between between physical activity and vitality is well-documented, but the article points to recent studies that indicate an increasingly stronger link between social interaction and mental and physical well-being for older adults.

According to the "Vi Living" article, one study published in the July 2008 issue of The American Journal of Public Health noted that people aged 50 to 60 who were socially active had slower rates of declining memory. In another study published in the Jan. 20, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, researchers found that people who are socially active and not easily stressed may be less likely to develop dementia. A third study conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in 2011 reported that higher levels of social activity are associated with a decreased risk of becoming disabled.

In the "Vi Living" article, Carlin says, “Given the importance of socialization, bringing creative, engaging social programs to life is what drives the calendar of events at all Vi communities.”

At Vi, residents are offered services and care with an approach grounded in whole-person wellness. Whole-person wellness is a concept developed through long-range studies that examine successful aging. There are multiple dimensions to whole-person wellness, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and vocational.

Vi continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care (for example, assisted living, memory support care and skilled nursing care).    

Late last year, Vi commissioned a report by Ken Dychtwald Ph.D., renowned gerontologist, psychologist, best-selling author, and CEO of Age Wave that challenges the “prevailing myths and misperceptions” about CCRC living.

About Vi
Vi (pronounced vee), formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities. The company was founded in August 1987. The company is dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults by providing quality environments, services and care. Vi currently operates ten continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide. For more information about Vi communities, visit http://www.ViLiving.com.