Can Aging in Community Help Keep Seniors More Content?

If you’re a senior, you’ve probably heard people talk about aging in place. While aging in your own home is an option for some seniors, it may not make sense for everyone. More and more seniors are looking for comfortable living options that offer more of a connection to other people, otherwise known as aging in community. Keep reading for all you need to know about aging in place and how this concept is helping seniors live happier lives.

Advantages of Aging in Community

Loneliness and isolation can be real problems for seniors who live alone. This is especially true when you have no family living nearby, or aren’t close with loved ones. Aging in community provides the important social connections that every human being needs. Social connection is essential in preserving good health. Studies have shown that those with strong connections to other people are less likely to experience depression, anxiety and other negative health issues. This makes aging in community a better option for many seniors looking for companionship.

Benefits for Your Health

Another perk of aging with your peers is that you are more likely to stay active. Regular exercise and physical activity is important for seniors, and having other people around you can be a great motivator to stay in shape. Many retirement communities have exercise classes and equipment especially geared toward providing seniors with the exercise they need to stay healthy. If you choose an option that doesn’t offer these amenities, living with other people can still keep you fit. Finding a workout buddy in your community can also encourage you to stay on track.

Finding The Right Option

Aging in community is quickly becoming a popular option with seniors and there are a ton of different living situations to accommodate your wishes. Depending on what you want out of your community, and what your needs are, you should be able to find a senior community that is just right for you. There are all sorts of creative senior housing options to consider. Intentional communities are growing in popularity these days, with developers setting up dedicated residential areas especially designed for seniors. From cooperative housing to pocket neighborhoods, intentional communities could be the perfect fit for you.

Aging in Community in Your Home

If you want to age in community, but don’t want to leave your home, there are options for that as well. You can share your home with other seniors, in a roommate kind of setup. As long as you’re open to changing up your homelife, home sharing is a pretty simple way to age with other seniors, while still staying in your home. If you’d rather live alone, but need some help from time to time, you can consider looking for senior village services in your area. Many organizations are beginning to see the value in providing helpful services, such as help with household chores and meal prep, to their senior community members, and it’s a wonderful way for you to stay connected to others.

Getting older can be tough, but aging in a community can make it much easier. By surrounding yourself with your peers or helpful people, you can better maintain your independence, and you may even be able to better maintain your mental health.

Article submitted by Hazel Bridges

hazel.bridges@agingwellness.org