Thinking About Retirement?
5 Benefits to Community Living
Embrace your retirement in a thriving, vibrant community where you can enjoy an active lifestyle without worrying about home maintenance, housework and property upkeep. With opportunities to stimulate your mind, body and spirit, you’ll find that living in a senior community offers much more than just a place to call home.
In this article, we’ll explore five key benefits of choosing a senior living community that will make you excited to plan your next chapter.
1. Gourmet dining and restaurant-style experiences
Today’s senior living residents are more discerning about the food they eat and their dining preferences. They tend to be more sophisticated and have traveled more, viewing dining as an experience rather than just a meal.
In response, communities like Meadow Ridge in Redding, CT, have raised the bar, offering restaurant-style dining, sustainable farm-to-table cuisine and resident gardening programs that provide fresh produce for chef-prepared meals. Never has there been a greater focus on quality, variety and taste. Whether you are a foodie or simply looking for a convenient, stress-free dining experience, you’ll enjoy a diverse array of delicious and nutritious options. The best part is you never have to cook if you do not want to! The choice is yours.
2. Wellness-focused amenities and programs for an active lifestyle
Senior living communities offer an array of wellness activities and amenities tailored to your interests and passions so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. With plenty of options, you will be sure to find an activity you enjoy, whether walking with others, doing laps in the pool or something with a slower pace, like chair yoga. Communities may offer:
Wellness programs that are critical to healthy aging:
- Tai chi
- Water aerobics
- Free weights
- Walking groups
Amenities that inspire and engage:
- Pool and sauna
- Atriums and conservatories
- Fitness center
- Putting greens and driving ranges
- Nature trails
- Dog park
- Raised bed gardens
- Tennis and pickleball courts
3. Peer-to-peer support and social events
Each community has its own personality, and the people you will meet there are like-minded and do things you also enjoy. Because friends and neighbors are always close by, it is easy to build a network of support and companionship that will benefit you for years to come.
Social opportunities include:
- Happy hour socials
- Activities & programs
- Fitness classes
- Special events
4. Volunteer and philanthropic opportunities
If you have lived a life of volunteerism and philanthropy, you do not have to stop when you move to a retirement community. On the other hand, if you have not volunteered before and would like to, there will be plenty of opportunities in your new community.
Many communities offer a plethora of engaging volunteer opportunities, such as:
- Clubs & committees.
- Fundraisers, such as area charities or scholarships.
- Teaching technical skills to other residents.
- Sharing talents, such as singing or playing an instrument.
- Working in the community store or library.
- Arranging walking groups or arrange outings.
- Assisting with special on-campus events.
Whatever your philanthropic pursuits, you can bring them with you and you will likely find friends who share your passion for helping others.
5. Continued personal growth
Learning does not stop when you graduate from school. It is a lifelong journey, and senior living communities are embracing this with a range of exciting and intellectually stimulating programs.
Many senior communities offer classes and learning programs, from current event discussions to art classes and guest lectures. For instance, Meadow Ridge in Redding, CT, offers Meadow Ridge University, a program of semester-long college-level courses taught by college professors, right on campus.
Choosing a senior living community for your retirement opens a world of possibilities for a fulfilling and active lifestyle. With a focus on wellness, dining, volunteerism, socializing and learning, you’ll never run out of things to do or people to do them with. A full and fulfilling life awaits!