Older adults are retiring later in life than ever before. While this is sometimes due to financial needs, a full third of seniors say they like their job and plan to keep working as long as possible. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, an estimated 20 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are still working.
The activity and engagement that a happy career provides to older workers may help them live longer. We now know that isolation is a health risk for seniors and may contribute to a variety of medical issues ranging from obesity to depression.
What else can you do to age well if you are close to or older than the traditional retirement age?
Consider moving to a senior living community. Thriving communities can help older adults improve their quality of life in many ways.
Quality of Life & Senior Living Communities
Here are a few benefits senior living communities can provide:
1. Healthy lifestyle
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly may help lower your odds for conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. From nutritious dining programs to wellness programs and medication management support, senior living communities make adopting a healthy lifestyle much easier to do.
2. Peace of mind
Stress isn’t good for anyone at any age. It can increase blood pressure and lower the body’s immunity. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have friends nearby, as well as the care and services needed now and in the future, can help an older adult relax and enjoy life.
3. Promote brain health
Just as your body needs to work out, so too does your brain. Taking classes, engaging in current events, and attending lectures are part of daily life at a senior living community. And these are all activities that give your brain health a boost.
4. Peers to relate to nearby
As we age, it isn’t uncommon for our social circle to become smaller. Friends may move away to be nearer to their adult children or relocate to a warmer climate. In a senior living community, however, you are surrounded by peers who are likely sharing similar experiences in life. Having a peer group to socialize and commiserate with is another key to successful aging.
5. Volunteer opportunities & creative arts
Residents of the Blue Zones, those regions of the world where people live the longest and are the happiest, have many things in common. Among them is an older population with a sense of purpose. In senior living communities, there are many opportunities for fulfillment. Some find it in the volunteer projects that are abundant in most communities. Others find it in the creative arts classes that take place every day. Finding purpose can add years to your life.
Live With Purpose at Sunrise Senior Living
Among our Signature programs is Live With Purpose, which encourages residents, team members, family members and even the broader community to engage in a very purposeful way. This program allows our residents to enjoy, express, learn, and grow while fostering a greater sense of community and meaning. It is a method of helping to ensure every resident has an opportunity to live their best life.
Want to see Live With Purpose in action? Check out these videos to see our residents, team members, families, and volunteers enjoying everyday life at Sunrise.