While living in a retirement community, there are many activities that can help you live a healthier and happier lifestyle. From learning new things to connecting with old or meeting new friends, here is how independent living activities can promote happier retirement!
Keep Up Your Fitness Routine or Start a New One
Physical activity provides personal fulfillment as we grow older, and it is essential for preserving and improving our overall quality of life and health. With a more flexible schedule, you should try to pick up an activity that you like or enjoy and can commit to, be it Tai Chi or yoga, or a stroll around your neighborhood park.
Before doing so, consult your doctor to determine which activity is appropriate. Immediately notify your doctor if you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, joint swelling, or chest pains.
Indulge in Passions and Learn New Things
Look for activities and classes that appeal to you. You can participate in a variety of activities in independent living communities. Eating a nutritious diet and working out are vital for your happiness and health but keeping your mind bright and engaged is just as important. The following are some mind-exercising activities you can do:
- Reading books that you enjoy
- Getting involved in a book club
- Learning a new language
- Boosting your chess skills
- Getting back into an old hobby or finding a new one
- Organizing a workshop or teaching a subject in your field of expertise
Stay Connected with Old and New Friends
The consequences of loneliness and social isolation, particularly in aging adults, are becoming more recognized. As the environment promotes interactions in several ways, independent living communities are beneficial for keeping you socially engaged.
Take the time to understand yourself so you can figure out what you enjoy doing. When you are ready, invite people over so you can start socializing! If you are having trouble making friends, here are some ways to reach out:
- Open Up and Get Personal: If you want to make close friends, you will have to go beyond talking about the weather. Personal conversations lead to the development of close friendships.
- Listen and Be Positive: When someone mentions that they have something in common with you, make a point of mentioning it. Similarity is key in creating connections. Be encouraging and enthusiastic and react to their news positively.
Give Back and Volunteer
Volunteering can assist aging adults in staying active, and socially involved, and becoming part of a diverse and vibrant society. Volunteering is also a fantastic way to widen your horizons and try new things, as well as engage with people of all ages and backgrounds. Participating in community events and volunteering has been demonstrated to improve an aging adult’s physical and mental health.
Experience Independent Living at Seaton Voorhees
When you reside in our independent living community, you can enjoy lifestyle-focused senior living with unrestricted access to our high-quality amenities. With our various exclusive senior living programs, you are guaranteed a stress-free life with us. For more information, do contact us today!