Betty Jean was furious the day she moved to an assisted living community and made sure her niece and nephew knew it. “What is this place? Why can’t I just live on my own?”
“Well, you need some help with cooking and a few other things,” her niece said mildly. Two days later, Betty Jean called her with surprising news. “I like it here,” she said. “I don’t know how you knew it, but this is just what I needed.” Betty Jean, a retired nurse who lived alone, loved her new community’s physical activity, social life, and creative outlets.
Moving to a senior living community can be a significant change for older adults living alone. However, enjoying a more fulfilling and social lifestyle can also be a great opportunity. Here are five tips to help you thrive in a senior living community and build confidence.
Choose The Right Community
Not all senior living communities are the same. Some offer more services and amenities than others, and some have different cultures and vibes. Before you decide to move, research and visit different options to find the one that suits you best.
At Vineyard Senior Living, amenities include a variety of things from restaurant-style dining to a full calendar of daily activities. Choose the pastimes that suit your interests, such as our library, movie theater, or spa.
Keep Learning And Growing
One way to thrive in a senior living community is to keep learning and growing. You can pursue your passions and hobbies or make an effort to discover new ones. Challenge your mind and memory by reading, doing puzzles, playing games, or taking courses.
If you’re open to more formal learning opportunities, there are many educational opportunities for older adults, including free college courses. Learning and growing can help you stay mentally sharp, curious, and creative and boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Make Friends And Socialize
Be open to new experiences if you move to a senior community alone. Join in the activities and introduce yourself to other residents and staff. Socializing helps you feel less isolated and improves your mental and physical health.
Without leaving the campus, Vineyard residents can take fitness classes, enjoy bingo nights, attend church services, or watch movies with friends. And to finish the day, you’ll dine with friends in the dining room with delicious meals prepared by a chef.
Stay Active and Healthy
Physical activity is essential for older adults. Regular exercise gives you strength and improves your mood, overall health, and sleep. At Vineyard, it’s easy to stay active. You can work out in the fitness center, join exercise classes, or take a dip in the swimming pool. To support your fitness regimen, you should also eat a balanced and nutritious diet, drink plenty of water, and give your body time to rest.
Be Positive And Grateful
Finally, you can thrive in a senior living community by being positive and grateful. Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, but a rewarding sense of accomplishment and excitement often follows those first feelings. Focus on the positive aspects of your new home, such as its comfort, convenience, security, and support.
You can also practice gratitude by appreciating what makes you happy and thankful, such as your health, friends and family, hobbies, and achievements. Being positive and grateful can help you cope with challenges, improve your mood and outlook, and enjoy your life more.
Thriving in a Supportive Community
For adults who are single or widowed, a community like Vineyard Senior Living can provide social outlets to combat loneliness. Amenities and a full calendar of activities make it easy to pursue your passions and avoid boredom. You can learn more about our retirement communities by talking to a Vineyard Senior Living team member—because much like Betty Jean, you may not know what wonderful adventures you may have ahead.