During her search for a senior living community, Barbara Thompson included the feeling of camaraderie as a “must-have” on the list of things she wanted to find – and she didn’t get that in the first community she chose. She shared, “Where I used to live everyone was in their own home, but we weren’t connected. For social activities or if a health issue occurred, I wanted to be in a community where neighbors are nearby, and emergency services are close at hand.”
The lack of socialization lead Barbara on a search to find a more relationship-driven community where neighbors felt more like family. That’s when she found Springpoint’s community Meadow Lakes. “Since moving here, I’ve met so many interesting and talented ‘let’s-get-involved’ people from all walks of life who are caring and understanding not only for each other, but for the staff as well,” she shared.
Springpoint’s continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are perfect for an active, social senior. There are plenty of activities to fill your days and become more connected to your community. Our services and amenities promote the benefits of a social senior lifestyle – choosing a CCRC means choosing a healthier life.
Why is social interaction important? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of a social lifestyle:
1. Improved Physical Health: When you’re surrounded by likeminded individuals who encourage and support you, you’re more likely to participate in regular physical activity. Group fitness classes and amenities like swimming pools in our communities give you the chance to socialize with friends while promoting better physical health. Plus, in addition to amplified fitness opportunities, friendship reduces a person’s stress, which leads to an increase in cardiovascular health and an improved immune system.
2. Positive Mental Health: Friends make you feel good. Consistent social interactions keep you mentally sharp and your brain engaged; the connection and feeling of belonging boosts your mood and may even lead to a reduced risk of depression and anxiety. And, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, a support system allows you to get through the tough times.
3. A Longer Lifespan: Simply said, socializing makes you healthier – and this can positively impact your lifespan. Social connectivity is almost as beneficial as eating well, not smoking and not drinking too much alcohol. The National Institute on Aging found that research suggests that, “Social isolation constitutes a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality, especially in older adults.” So, by engaging in regular social activities, you’re actually adding years to your life.
Springpoint communities offer a stimulating environment where neighbors feel like family and residents thrive. Come see for yourself and talk to the those that live here – contact us today to find a community near you and to schedule your personal tour.