5 Ways Retirement Communities Slow Ageing by Keeping Seniors Active

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Bayview Manor, a retirement community in Seattle, realizes how important it is for seniors to stay active physically, mentally and emotionally. Here are 5 ways retirement communities assist seniors in staying engaged, helping to reduce complications associated with inactivity.

It is common knowledge that leading an active and engaged life is important for good health, and the Bayview Manor, a retirement community in Seattle, realizes this is especially true for seniors. Physical, mental and emotion inactivity can lead to a variety of health issues, but in seniors, these issues are particularly important.

Not wanting to relocate out of reluctance to compromise independence, elderly men and women often resist the idea of what a retirement community can offer them. However, usually the opposite is true.

In a properly run retirement center, with well thought out programs and amenities, seniors can find they lead an even more active lifestyle. This can delay or even prevent many health conditions exacerbated by issues commonly associated with the isolation and detachment of aging.

Here are 5 simple ways staying active can help seniors, and the programs to look for in a well-run retirement community:

1.    Stay Engaged Socially

Depression is a contributing factor in many health problems, ranging from memory loss to ineffective auto immune responses, so maintaining a vibrant and varied social environment is vital. As seniors slow down and become more sedentary, these kinds of interactions become rare, even with an attentive and caring family. Retirement communities provide numerous opportunities to make friends and meet new people to keep the mind active. There are usually many social events and programs that appeal to many different tastes.

2.    Community Outreach

Retirement communities offer many programs to keep seniors involved in the community. This limits isolation while contributing to an overall sense of self-worth. Good retirement communities will have numerous opportunities for residents to contribute to outreach programs ranging from volunteer work with teachers and children to community art projects.

3.    Physical Activity

Seniors need exercise too. Choosing a retirement community with good exercise programs, featuring low impact exercise equipment and classes to help stay active in a fun organized group setting, is very important. Trained fitness professionals can help design programs to help stave off issues ranging from arthritis to circulatory problems with the utmost concerns for safety.

4.    Engaged Emotional Connections

Being able to downsize a living situation on their own terms can bring a wealth of emotional interaction to a senior and their loved ones. Having control over the dispersal of furniture, mementos and keepsakes in their own time, and not through estate sales after the fact, can provide many more emotional connections with the people seniors care about most.

5.    The “Golden Years”

There just comes a time when living alone and caring for a house becomes too much. Chores become much larger tasks and take up even more time. Unchaining themselves from a large house that is more than they need can allow seniors opportunities to travel? Bayview Manor offers day trips and assisted living Seattle van outings weekly. More time and resources can be allocated to travel, forming truly treasured experiences with family and friends.

Bayview was founded in 1961 to care for the elderly residents of Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood and beyond. Bayview is home to more than 210 residents who value independence, friendship, healthy senior living and quality care.


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