The words “aging well” seem to be tossed around so much that they may seem like a buzzword more than anything. But the concept does have merit. We’re living longer than ever now, and a big part of that is a shift towards healthier lifestyle habits as we age. But aging well goes beyond physical wellness, which is what often comes to mind first. It also encompasses emotional wellness. That said, what does it take to age well? Well, your environment has a lot to do with it, in that you have to have access and opportunity to things that support physical and emotional wellness. And that can be hard to do as you age at home. Senior living can make it easier. Here’s how senior living communities support aging well.
Aging well at home
Although you may have the best intentions to make aging well a priority when living at home, there can be a number of barriers that make it harder to do, including the following:
- Living alone
- Hearing/vision loss
- Limited mobility
- Limited transportation options
- Being a caregiver for someone with a severe condition
- Chronic health conditions
- Psychological or cognitive challenges
- Living in a rural or hard-to-reach location
- Having language barriers where you live
In fact, any or all of these barriers in your environment could lessen your access and opportunity to pursue activities that help you age well.
Aging well in a senior living community
On the other hand, a senior living community fully supports the concept of aging well by fostering an environment and lifestyle that makes it easy to prioritize physical and emotional well-being through the following:
- Maintenance-free living – With services like home and yard maintenance, housekeeping, and transportation, senior living gives you freedom from chores so you can worry less and enjoy more, which can help with aging well.
- Convenience – Communities like ours feature a hair salon/barbershop, a library, and concierge services to make life more convenient. Also, the dining experience in senior living includes chef-inspired selections, restaurant-style dining, and menus prepared by a team familiar with your dietary restrictions as well as preferences. And communities often collaborate with a nutritionist or dietician to ensure all meals are healthy, well-balanced, and delicious!
- Social connection and purpose – You never have to feel alone and/or isolated in senior living in Somerset County because you always have a community of friends, neighbors, and supportive team members nearby. Plus, you’ll have an ever-changing calendar of social events, activities, and outings, as well as clubs, classes, and volunteer opportunities to keep you engaged and fulfilled. And it’s all planned for you; just choose what you want to do and enjoy!
- Staying active – When you prioritize aging well, staying active is key. And it’s much easier to do so when everything you need is right outside your door. Our senior living community in Hillsborough Township features senior-friendly exercise classes, a fitness center, and plenty of green space, outdoor common areas, plus walking trails. You may have some of these things in your neighborhood at home, but it can be rare to have them all available, like in senior living.
- Peace of mind – You may not initially consider peace of mind as a factor in aging well, but the environment in senior living actually empowers independence, perhaps more so than at home. For example, you can feel safe and secure knowing your space is designed with safety and accessibility features. What’s more, with support available whenever you need it, you may feel more freedom at not having to call family, friends, and neighbors to help like you would at home. Our community also has multiple levels of care for added peace of mind.