It is hard to believe the COVID-19 virus has been a part of our lives for a year now. And while vaccines have provided us with a light at the end of the tunnel, it is hard to predict how long it will be before life goes back to “normal.” For those over the age of sixty or with underlying medical conditions that have been considered high risk of contracting coronavirus, the last year has been especially physically and mentally demanding. Being unable to leave the house to run errands, visit with family and friends, or engage in their favorite hobbies can leave us feeling isolated or lethargic, and even lead to depression.
Since the pandemic began, senior living communities have adapted quickly and created top-notch protocols to keep their residents and associates healthy. As such, and contrary to what many may think, they are an incredibly safe alternative to living at home. Making a move to a senior living community will provide you or your loved one with opportunities to socialize, stay engaged, and rediscover the things that bring joy; all in a safe environment.
For seniors that have been living alone, a senior living community allows them to continue living independently while having immediate access to an entire community of friends, neighbors, and health care workers – most of whom are vaccinated. When residents are feeling lonely or in need of conversation, they have the option of meeting others in common areas or outdoor spaces while maintaining safe distances. Residents can gather with friends with the peace of mind that precautions have been taken to promote everyone’s health and well-being.
Senior living communities offer a wide variety of engagement and social activities right outside your apartment door. Baking and gardening clubs, language classes, documentary series, painting and pottery classes, and virtual lectures from local professors and experts are just a handful of examples. Residents are encouraged to join in on activities that align with their interests, try new things, and suggest new programs they’d like to try.
Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are two of the best ways to combat illness. Over the last year, maintaining healthy habits has proven to be a challenge for people of all ages. In a senior living community, residents have access to a wide variety of nutritious and delicious meal options that have been designed to promote physical and cognitive health. In addition, exercise classes, such as tai chi, barre, and aerobics, are available in reduced class sizes or socially distanced. All these can improve balance, cardiovascular health, joint flexibility, and bone strength.
It’s All Taken Care of For You
Imagine not having to worry about the day-to-day upkeep of a home or running mundane and possibly risky errands like fetching groceries. In a senior living community, everything is taken care of for you. Building and grounds maintenance is performed regularly, meals, snacks, and even happy hours are organized and prepared, and you only need to out when you choose to.
Choosing a senior living community is a big decision, but doing so will ultimately provide you or your loved one with the opportunity to live a fulfilling and healthy life in a safe environment that feels like home.