Retirement. The thought of it can be both daunting and exhilarating. Some approach it with worry and ponder how, after leading a life devoted to schedules, they will now fill their time. Others embrace this new phase of life and look forward to the world of possibilities retirement provides.
At one time, the word “retirement” entailed taking it easy and watching the world go by. However, research has revealed that such a lifestyle later in life can have an adverse effect on our physical health and mental well-being. The good news is that a new generation of older Americans is heeding the findings of that research and has adopted the mantra of “the best is yet to come.” They look forward to exploring rediscovered or new-found interests without feeling guilty or self-conscious of where they might take them.
Fortunately, senior-living communities are also heeding the research and recognize the benefits that leading an active and engaged life can provide. As a result, they are offering residents a wide range of activities and experiences that will expand their horizons.
With freedom from responsibilities comes a new world of possibilities. Many residents are rediscovering old hobbies or are adopting new ones. They are developing new social circles. Some are exploring hidden talents. Still others are actively involved with clubs whose areas of interest are wide and varied. Others are adding a semblance of structure to their lives by developing regular workout schedules in the gym or pool. Some are becoming active in their communities – on-campus and off – through volunteering.
This year’s Senior Living advertorial provides insight into the fact that senior-living communities recognize that their residents represent an active and engaged generation that is embracing the freedom of retirement and aim to expand their horizons but at the same time, appreciate the security that living in a Continuing Care or Life Plan community provides.