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Science Behind Longevity and Wellness

Understand the science behind longevity and wellness in this video interview. A senior living community gives residents the opportunity to try new things.


Video Transcript

Maureen Chippas: “Often times, seniors feel comfortable in their home. Who wouldn’t? They’ve lived there for years, but they don’t realize what they may be missing. I can’t tell you how many people have moved in and what they’ve said is, ‘I’ve got friends now. I’ve got things that I’m contributing to.'”

Dr. Landry: “As we progress and age, we get isolated and, therefore, become higher risks for developing Alzheimer’s, depression, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is no question that living with others and preventing that isolation is better, no matter what the level of community. No question whatsoever.”

Joyce Kuchar: “This came about and I felt, ‘Boy, over here, I’ll always be with people,’ but I needed to meet nice friends, which I did.”

Dr. Landry: “Lifestyle is the major determinant. 70%, in fact, of how we age is determined by our lifestyle. That’s the choices that we make everyday. It’s in our power to significantly alter our life course.”

“Senior living is a place where you alter that course and you make a decision to be with others. One of the major tenants of aging in a better way is to stay engaged with others.”

Gloria Panico: “I’ll tell you, I haven’t met anybody here that I would rather not be with. We all get along and there’s no problem.”

Maureen Chippas: “We want to help adult children know that this isn’t just about a place where you’re putting mom or dad. It’s an opportunity for them to learn new things, meet new friends, go on trips and excursions that maybe they didn’t have the opportunity to do so before.”

Dr. Landry: “Once they experience it … I think we hear it consistently. In fact, I’m not sure I know of anyone who ever moved out of senior living once they move in. Before, we felt our aging experience was in our genes, it was already laid out for us. We didn’t have much to say about it, think diseases like Alzheimer’s was just going to hit us and we couldn’t do anything about it, and we know now that we can.”

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.