A senior living community is a dynamic, active place for residents. At Southfield, we make sure each member of our community has the opportunity to engage in activities that promote senior wellness and build ties between neighbors. Staying active in a senior living community doesn’t have to be a challenge.
Ways to Stay Active in a Senior Living Community
Every senior living community has several ways for residents to stay active. Individuals need to keep an eye out for events they’d like to participate in but also become involved in new hobbies and activities like:
- One way to stay active both mentally and physically while getting outdoors and socializing with others is learning how to garden. Southfield senior living community encourages residents to try their hand at gardening to discover if they have a green thumb. It’s always a wonderful way to learn more about plants, vegetables, and flowers while making your home and community more visually appealing.
- Starting an herb garden or vegetable garden also allows residents to take up another hobby, cooking. Nearly all residents know how to cook, but thanks to our dining services, the drudgery of meal prep is taken away. Southfield replaces it with a community space where healthy, delicious meals can be enjoyed. However, learning to cook new dishes with others or teaching others recipes is a great way to connect and stay mentally active.
- Sharing your recipes and family traditions with others is one way to stay connected. It keeps individuals mentally active, which is a major component of senior wellness. Having collected a lifetime of lived experience, it may make sense to give back to the community by volunteering to lead classes at the local community center or mentor young people. This is a great way to pass on knowledge and stay connected.
- Our transportation services at Southfield is another way for residents to stay active. We can arrange drop-off and pick-up from shopping, dining out, theatre or movies, and activities like golf.
Why Exercise Is the Most Important of Senior Activities
Of course, the best way to stay active in a senior living community is through exercise. Physical activity is vital to overall health and wellness. Exercising alongside others has numerous positive effects, such as:
- Exercise Improves Mood: Exercise improves an individual’s overall mood and disposition as it releases natural endorphins, making us feel good.
- It Improves Strength and Mobility: As we get older, our flexibility lessens, and our muscles and bones weak. Exercise is vital in keeping the body functioning properly so residents can get around, stay steady and balanced, and avoid medical issues that accompany immobility.
- Exercise Increases Mental Capacity: Exercising requires individuals to stay mentally sharp from counting reps to measuring time, the mind stays active during exercise.
- Increases Healing: Being active means cuts and bruises heal faster. When you exercise, your body is more engaged in the healing process, and thus your overall health is boosted.
At Southfield, we make it a point to provide our residents with numerous options for individual activity and social interactions. Some of the services we offer include:
- Activities: We plan daily activities and regularly scheduled events to make each day unique. Coming to Southfield means residents can be as active or as independent as they choose to be.
- Health and wellness: Our modern fitness facility has just the right layout and equipment. Residents can make sure their body stays loose and healthy.
- Housekeeping: We provide regular and as-requested help in maintaining your residence like a home, prepare for visitors, or keep your day-to-day needs met.
So reach out to us today at 855.947.3838 to learn more.