While it might seem counterintuitive, one of the main purposes of assisted living communities is to help residents maintain a high quality of life by being as independent as possible. They do this by helping with activities of daily living like getting dressed, cooking, cleaning, managing medications, and more by focusing on senior wellness.
We’ll discuss the benefits of assisted living wellness programs and show you what to look for when choosing an assisted living facility.
Benefits of An Assisted Living Lifestyle
A MacArthur Foundation study found that 70% of physical aging and 50% of mental aging is determined by lifestyle choices. Assisted living wellness programs can help you live a happier and healthier life by supporting multiple dimensions of health. Here are 7 components of a comprehensive wellness program:
- Fitness programs: Being physically active has been proven to help reduce depression and stress, slow muscle loss, and help fight loneliness. Plus, having a scheduled fitness routine and community workout buddies makes it easier to stay motivated to exercise. Look for classes such as yoga, seated exercise, and balance training, along with amenities such as a fitness center and walking paths.
- Lifelong learning opportunities: Learning can happen any time and at any age. Lifelong learning gives people a chance to explore new skills and interests. Look for book clubs, creative writing, history, art, and chess classes, as well as guest speakers and educational events.
- Worship services: Spiritual wellness involves finding a connection that is greater than yourself and having a set of values that guide your life. Look for programs like pet therapy, meditation gatherings and worship services.
- Planned social activities: Part of a healthy lifestyle is having opportunities to interact with other people, which can be harder for those living alone. An assisted living community has residents with wide-ranging interests, so it’s essential they offer a range of activities. Look for opportunities to have meals with friends, scheduled events, or simply space to enjoy a cup of coffee or conversation with your neighbors.
- Scheduled outings: Even after moving to an assisted living community, it’s still important to feel connected to your local community. Look for scheduled outings that include community events, theater showings, movies, concerts, shopping trips and cultural events.
- Healthy meals: Eating well-balanced meals is important for good health, but maintaining healthy eating habits can be challenging when cooking for one. When choosing an assisted living community, look for menu options that cater to your dietary needs and limitations.
- Volunteer opportunities: Making the world a better place by volunteering can provide a sense of fulfillment and purpose. At an assisted living community, volunteer opportunities could include helping new residents adjust to moving in, mentoring young students, or managing the community’s arts and craft programs.
The Right Level of Assistance Matters
If you’re just starting to research your assisted living options for yourself or a loved one, finding the right fit can make a world of difference. Our Find a Community tool can provide a list of local options for you to consider or you can start a conversation by contacting us here.
Where You Live Matters is powered by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), a respected voice in the senior housing industry. ASHA primarily focuses on legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and educational opportunities and networking for senior living executives, so they can better understand the needs of older adults across the country.