Resident Run Committees Shape the Community Lifestyle at North Oaks
The best senior living communities understand the many benefits residents experience when they give back and work in collaborative ways with one another. That’s why North Oaks, a senior living community in Pikesville, Maryland, has established committees that empower the residents to work together to help shape the lifestyle and activities at the community. Providing such a structure for self-determination fosters a sense of independence, self-reliance and personal control—all elements seniors look to maintain as they move into a community setting.
Committees Focus on Engagement and Captivating Experiences
Head of the Activities Committee, resident June Goldfield, volunteers her time in an effort to help residents get involved. June, along with her committee of five other residents, work hard to choose activities that will spark an interest among their peers. Activities available to the residents of North Oaks range from music education courses, live entertainment, and drama groups, to monthly guest speakers, fitness classes, weekend movie nights and even happy hours!
“Our hope is that residents will listen to the speakers, attend the classes, join the choir, go on the trips, and share these experiences with their friends and community neighbors,” says June.
Committee Connections Cultivate Healthy Living
The committee system benefits the entire North Oaks community, but there are also individual, more personal benefits for those who participate in the committees. Studies consistently indicate that seniors who are actively involved in service or volunteerism experience significant physical, emotional and cognitive health benefits. It connects them with their neighbors and peers, increases their circle of friends, and allows them to avoid a sense of isolation that can lead to depression.
“The important thing is that people outside the community understand there’s nothing to fear about making the move to a community. I was 76 when I told my friends I was moving to North Oaks. They said, ‘Why?’ I told them, ‘All I’m doing is changing my address’,” says June. “I see the importance of getting involved and that’s why I volunteer, so others can enjoy the benefits of being connected.”
The lifestyle of residents who are involved in committees or groups is enhanced, without question. By establishing a committee system that enables the residents to guide day-to-day activities, North Oaks builds a culture of connectedness and cultivates a healthy and independent lifestyle.
To learn more about how North Oaks fosters independence and how residents take control of their lifestyle, contribute to community wellbeing, and engage in empowering opportunities, call (410) 486-9090 or fill out a contact form on our contact us page!