According to the World Health Organization, social isolation and exclusion are associated with increased rates of premature death, lower general well being, more depression, and a higher level of disability from chronic diseases.
In Canada, of those 70 years old or older, approximately 15% of men and 29% of women live alone. It is no wonder that the ageing process can be challenging for some people particularly if their network of friends or family is limited. It may also be a situation where there are family members living in the same geographic area but they simply do not have the time to visit as often as they would like to due to the daily grind of work and family life.
Many seniors have chosen to move into a senior residence or retirement community to improve their overall health and well being. Some people still perceive retirement homes as the old, stuffy, depressing type environment. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth these days.
The senior living market is in the midst of a major transformation. It has become extremely competitive and customers are demanding more and more. As a result, clients are the winners with some of the newest features in terms of services and amenities.
Some of the immediate benefits for someone moving from a socially isolated environment into a retirement home includes improved nutrition, better levels of care, security, safety and most importantly, a significantly improved social life. It is becoming more common for senior residences to have features such as: art classes, movie nights, aqua fitness, daily exercises, yoga, dance classes, aqua fitness, card games, fully stocked libraries, bridge club, billiards, community puzzles, Wii bowling, bingo and more.
There are usually regular outings to grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centres, restaurants, plays, or museums. Many senior residences will host lectures, seminars or musical events. Happy hours are also becoming popular! The most popular area for social activity is usually the common dining area during meal times.
In general, mental and physical stimulation is almost always increased when living in a senior community. Likewise, stress levels usually decrease because of the reduced responsibility of home ownership and the many day-to-day responsibilities involved with owning a home.
If you or a loved one is concerned about social isolation and loneliness, a retirement home may be an ideal solution. You can find out the true spirit of a senior living community by taking a tour and asking about the various social activities, amenities, care levels and pricing. For further guidance and support, please contact Lianas Services at email@example.com or call 1-877-450-3365.