Wellness Communities for Seniors: What You Need to Know
Wellness communities are popping up around the country — they’re a new real estate trend. The communities are purposefully built to serve residents’ holistic wellness. We couldn’t be more delighted to know this idea we consider instrumental to senior living is finding traction in the wider population. Here are a few of the ways senior living communities are the original wellness communities for seniors.
How Senior Living Communities Promote Holistic Wellness for Seniors
Socialization Made Simple
People need people. We’re built to be part of a community. That’s why social opportunities are a crucial part of holistic wellness for seniors. During retirement, social interaction can lessen dramatically. 25% of adults over age 65 are considered socially isolated. Loneliness caused by social isolation has been proven to have adverse effects on overall health, including increased risk of dementia, heart disease and stroke, as well as lower life expectancy.
Within a senior living community like North Oaks, friends are always close by. Residents have the option to dine at shared tables. Monthly activity calendars are packed with choices. Clubs and committees allow seniors to connect with like-minded neighbors. And dedicated team members are always on hand to offer support (while COVID-19 is still prevalent in the immediate area, North Oaks will continue to take precautions to ensure that residents can socialize safely).
A Focus on Physical Health
The Gallup Active Living Study showed lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression among residents of places that scored highest for “active living environment.” This means residents’ health improves if they live in a neighborhood or community that is more walkable and encourages residents to spend time outside.
At North Oaks, residents can take walks on our beautifully landscaped grounds, join group fitness classes, or take community transportation to LifeBridge Health and Fitness in Pikesville and enjoy the gym and aquatics center. We’ve found when workouts are easily accessible and senior-friendly, residents are more likely to join.
An Array of Maintenance-Free Living Options
There’s no one-size-fits-all residence. Some older adults want a smaller space to enjoy the freedom of having less to worry about. Others want to have more space that’s only theirs. A lively and interesting community will have residents from varied backgrounds, and there should be apartments available to accommodate them.
North Oaks offers 17 different floor plans, so seniors can find one that suits their tastes. But every apartment comes with regular housekeeping, walk-in closets, modern appliances, and an emergency response system if needed.
Proper nutrition can improve nearly all of the body’s functions. To make clean eating an ongoing habit, healthy foods should be readily available. The dining team at North Oaks uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients in all on-campus venues. They respect residents’ dietary specifications, so everyone’s meals can fuel an active lifestyle.
A Connection to Nature
While urban settings have their own benefits, a separation from nature can have negative impacts on mental health. When someone spends time in nature, they have less activity in their brain’s prefrontal cortex, meaning they ruminate less on their negative thoughts. The peace of a natural setting can also lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Our campus sits on landscaped grounds on a scenic hilltop. Residences have views of the grounds, so even when seniors are inside, they can reap the benefits of living close to nature.
We want everyone to experience the joy that comes from holistic wellness. We believe Life Plan Communities like North Oaks are the best wellness communities for seniors because, in addition to well-rounded lifestyle elements, they also offer several levels of short-term and long-term senior health care should residents ever need them. That crucial layer of support provides confidence and peace of mind for the future. If you’d like to find out more about how we promote holistic wellness for seniors at North Oaks or what it means to be a Life Plan Community, reach out to us. We’re here to answer any of your questions.