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Being active and engaged in life with opportunities to grow and learn is important at every age. Many seniors say that participating in life enrichment activities is one of the primary reasons they decided to move to a senior living community. While programs and events might seem like a luxury, they really are a necessity. And while COVID-19 is still a threat, it is important to find ways to be active and engaged yet still remain healthy.
Why are life enrichment and wellness programs important as we age?
Participating in life enrichment programs and activities on a regular basis promotes brain health. It also helps overcome the health risks associated with isolation and loneliness, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and more.
Here’s what else researchers have to say.
The Importance of Staying Engaged with Life
There have been a variety of studies published on the topic of life enrichment and aging. Many of them identify benefits, especially in later life:
Evaluating Life Enrichment Activities at Senior Communities
If you are considering a move to a senior living community, be sure to take a close look at the life enrichment opportunities each one offers.
Here are a few tips to help you do that:
1. Review the monthly activities calendar.
Ask the community’s life enrichment director for copies of the past few months’ activities calendars and take some time to review them.
2. Talk with the life enrichment director.
If you are able to have a tour of a senior living community, ask the team member showing you around to introduce you to the life enrichment director. Here are some questions you can ask regarding life enrichment programs:
3. Attend a few activities and events
When the coronavirus pandemic is under control and you feel safe, we suggest that you attend some activities in person! Highlight a few programs on the calendar that look interesting, then ask the staff if you can join in. Participating will help you get to know some of the current residents and determine whether or not the community is a good fit.
If you are anxious about how a senior living community is currently managing the coronavirus pandemic, ask to see their COVID-19 operations plan. It is important to find a senior living community that has published clear guidance about their approach to health and safety during this global pandemic. It is also important that a senior living community be transparent about who they consulted in creating this plan and the steps they are taking to implement their safety and wellness measures.
Live With Purpose™ at Sunrise
At Sunrise Senior Living communities, we know how important it is to Live With Purpose™. We offer 8 Signature Programs that help residents make the most of life every day. From life-long learning to exercise and creative outlets, our dedicated team of life enrichment professionals creates opportunities for each resident to live a purposeful life.
Sunrise Senior Living communities have taken a proactive approach to coronavirus infection control. We’ve shared our plans openly on our site and update this information often. Visit Sunrise Is Prepared to learn more or call us at 888-434-4648 with any questions.