Senior living communities offer so much more than a place to live. Since many residents are very active it is important for them to have social opportunities in their new homes. Having an active lifestyle will not only make life more enjoyable, but it also promotes longevity. Physically active seniors have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers.
Many active adult communities offer swimming pools, bocce games, golf courses, tennis courts and health clubs. These activities are great for you physically, but also provide social interaction and promote friendships.
Other ways to stay socially active:
💡 Public Dining. Meal times can be lonely for residents who are newly widowed or new to the community. The opportunity to enjoy a meal in a communal dining room is a great alternative to having a sandwich alone in your room.
💡 Part-time job. Although many residents of senior living communities are retired, having a part-time job can provide additional activity, as well as the opportunity to interact with clients and co-workers.
💡 Volunteer to read to children at a local school. It will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience which can result in new friends.
💡 Attend lectures at the local library. Choose a topic you’ve always wanted to know more about. It can be practical, like personal finance, or it can just be fun.
💡 Join a book club. Half the fun will be reading the book, and the other half of the fun will be discussing it with your club-mates.
💡 Or a chess club, knitting club, whatever interests you!
💡 Plan Day Trips in the area.
💡 Take Dancing lessons – learn the tango or the Viennese Waltz!
💡 Group hikes on nearby trails.
💡 Take a class at a local college.
💡 Organize a group trip. Collect a few ideas from the group and plan the trip.
💡 Social Media. Connect with old friends on FaceBook, or make new ones. Enjoy sharing family photographs, or vacation pictures.
💡 Visit Museums or Art Galleries.
💡 Bake for your friends. Or bake for a homeless shelter.
💡 Schedule your beauty appointments with your friends so that you can chat over your manicures.
💡 Visit your House of Worship with like-minded friends. The added benefit is spiritual uplifting and inner peace that comes with true worship.