The benefits of living in a retirement community

Retirement is a time in life for relaxing, catching up on hobbies or pursuing new ones, and spending cherished time with family and friends. When it comes time to make the move into a senior living community, there are many new experiences to look forward to, as well as many convenient services—including opportunities for socialization, engaging activities, and care assistance as needed. Here's a closer look at are some of the many benefits of choosing to live in a seniors' community.

New opportunities for socialization
SeniorHomes says that social connections are critical to the personal well-being of seniors, especially once they have left the workplace. Moving into a senior living community can open up many doors for new friendships and social activity, as well as help dispel feelings of isolation or loneliness amongst seniors who live alone or who have recently lost a spouse or close friend. In fact, to help encourage social interaction amongst residents and keep everyone feeling engaged and entertained, most retirement residences plan activities throughout the home—from themed dinners to social gatherings to exercise classes—as well as trips offsite to places like the theater or shopping malls.

Retirement living communities help engage social interaction among seniors.
Retirement living communities help engage social interaction among seniors.

Recreational activities and amenities
HelpGuide adds that most communities offer amenities and services to help keep seniors feeling happy and satisfied in their new home. Having the convenience and luxury of a hair salon, fitness room, bistro, outdoor space and even occasionally a pool gives seniors the ability to get pampered and engage in an activity that piques their interest. Some examples of recreational activities offered at retirement residences include knitting clubs, dance classes, movie nights card tournaments, volunteer opportunities and much more.

Care & support as needed
One of the best benefits of moving into a retirement residence is the availability of care and wellness services. Whether a senior is independent or requires some additional help with activities of daily living, a team of caring and dedicated staff are always on-hand and can deliver support in the privacy of a resident's suite, catering to their unique needs and preferences. There's also the flexibility to add or remove care services as needs change, allowing retirement community residents to tailor the support they need to their current health. For many seniors and their families, it gives them peace of mind knowing that someone is always at the residence, available to provide assistance in case of emergency, and that their changing needs can be met as they age.

For more information on some of the engaging activities and programs that Chartwell offers to residents, click here.