How a Life Plan Community Can Improve Senior Happiness

Posted on 01/13/2022

As you age, you may find your family home no longer suits your needs, resulting in a less-than-satisfying lifestyle. But having a sense of happiness and fulfillment can influence your mental and physical health, and residing in a retirement community can help improve those health qualities. For example, the 2020 Age Well Study on residents’ life satisfaction and happiness in life plan communities revealed that 92% of respondents were highly satisfied with where they lived. This statistic highlights a key point — people tend to find more pleasure in their life when they feel a sense of community belonging.

Here is an overview of how the care services of independent and assisted living communities can increase senior happiness and the quality of health in your active life.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle at a Life Plan Community

Sustaining good physical health and mental well-being allows you to have a more enjoyable life in your later years. But lack of optimal living conditions and poor health monitoring may cause your physical and mental health to deteriorate as you age. Fortunately, senior living communities have a variety of care services to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and in turn, a happy lifestyle.

Physical Activities To Improve Body and Mind

Many retirement village residents enjoy physical activities to improve health and mobility. Additionally, active seniors engage in aerobics to relieve stress and depression. Exercise leads to a positive sense of control and self-confidence, filtering into a healthy living routine.

Regular and Supportive Health Monitoring

Independent living communities employ skilled nursing and medical staff to help monitor your mental and physical health. Furthermore, several life plan communities also have memory support programs providing specialized activities for residents living with dementia. Support systems and care options such as these ensure that you’re not alone while managing your health needs.

Assistance with Personal Care Needs

Activities of daily living may become a bit of a struggle with waning health and strength. But many retirement community residents can appreciate a low-maintenance lifestyle when they receive help with their day-to-day needs. For example, you can feel your quality of life improving when enjoying a nutritious meal in a beautiful dining room surrounded by family and friends. But care services don’t stop at just meals. Trained staff members promote a sense of independence to seniors by simply assisting with bathing, dressing, or various chores.

Socializing To Improve Your Quality of Life

Your overall health and happiness improve when you retain a social connection to other people — it can increase longevity by 50%. Of course, social happiness among people may vary from keeping a small group of close friends to having a large social support circle. But no matter your definition of social happiness, a senior living community can provide what you’re looking for.

Develop a Social Circle

As a retirement village resident, you get numerous chances for positive social interactions, which has been shown to improve quality of life. Additionally, those who keep within a social circle (no matter how big or small, many or just one) have a 43% less chance of becoming disabled.

As an older adult, you are also at risk of social isolation due to spousal loss or friends and family moving away. But if you find yourself in these circumstances, remember that retirement communities provide numerous activities and outings to maintain a social network, helping you live a longer, happier life.

Opportunity To Volunteer

There really is no downside to volunteering. Many life plan communities offer their residents multiple opportunities for volunteering because of the health benefits received in return! Seniors who participate in volunteering can experience an increase in physical abilities and life fulfillment while decreasing their chances of disease and loneliness, leading to a happier and healthier life.

Choose LivGenerations

LivGenerations offers a unique resort-like, amenity-rich retirement community as a senior living option. As an active senior, you get to enjoy lifestyle-specific features at any of their luxury communities in and around Phoenix, AZ.