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Perks of community living for older adults

Can living in a community with other seniors benefit your health? The truth is, where you live can impact your overall health.

The good news is physical activity, social interaction, mental stimulation and healthy dining are keys to healthy living for seniors, all which are conveniently available to Benedictine Living Community residents.

Physical activity is known to help maintain one’s weight, improve sleep, strengthen bones and regulate blood pressure. Benedictine Living Communities offer a wide variety of planned physical and social activities. From chair exercises to drumming clubs and fully equipped exercise rooms, residents have access to an assortment of choices. Walking through the carefully maintained gardens and grounds are offer a safe space to enjoy a stroll.

According to the National Institutes of Health, seniors who engage in meaningful activities, such as volunteering and hobbies, report feeling happier and healthier. Residents of Benedictine Living Communities can choose from a host of social events such as summer barbecues, reading clubs, crafts, music performances, and much more. Have an interest in serving? Volunteer opportunities are also available on campus and in the community.

With so much focus on social isolation during the pandemic, the advantages of living in a senior community have come to light. Research shows that those who are socially isolated experience more health issues, while senior living communities focus on offering activities that encourage residents to interact. From sharing conversations over meals and social hours, to enjoying shared interests such as playing cards, quilting, crafts or sports, residents can find ways to easily connect with others.

Good nutrition is also essential to a healthy lifestyle. Cooking balanced meals for one or two can be challenging. Who among us hasn’t been frustrated when thinking of something new to eat that is healthy and budget friendly? Registered dietitians oversee the menu choices to ensure Benedictine residents have healthy, balanced meal choices every day without the hassle of shopping, preparing and cleaning up after the meal. Eating with friends in the dining room adds the benefits of social interaction to good nutrition

Considering a move? Check out the Benedictine Living Community nearest to you and enjoy the benefits of living in a community where you can live your life fully and well.