In Part I of this blog (which you can find here,) we discussed the well-documented findings that social interaction is both physically and mentally healthy. From reduced stress levels to feeling happier and living longer, engaging with others keeps all of us young at heart.
That’s why Southgate at Shrewsbury retirement facilities are specifically geared toward fostering an environment that’s conducive to resident interaction.
In the conclusion to this blog, we’ll take a look at some everyday activities that help people stay involved with one another—both within Southgate at Shrewsbury itself and within the community at large.
Staying Active at Southgate at Shrewsbury
200-seat theater with balcony. Southgate regularly schedules performances in our beautiful theater. Being part of a group of people while enjoying a show is a great way to feel connected.
Library with fireplace. What is more conducive to conversation than a cozy fireplace? Southgate’s well-stocked library is the perfect spot to meet old friends and make new ones.
Health club & spa, indoor swimming pool and four-lane candlepin bowling alley. All of us know the importance of physical activity for maintaining good health. And when residents get together for their workouts, it’s as much an occasion for interacting as it is for burning the calories.
Woodworking shop and arts & crafts studio. Sharing common interests through hobbies inevitably prompts people to share experiences, stories and anecdotes.
Billiard & card room. Let’s face it: Some recreational activities are as much about their lively banter as they are about their winning scores.
Fine dining and casual restaurants. Perhaps nothing sparks conversation quite so much as a relaxing meal in beautiful surroundings.
Thirty-acre campus with park. Strolling through nature, listening to the birds … you’ll feel connected with everyone (and everything!) around you.
In the Community at Large
Stroll through the neighborhood. Make a point of stopping to say hello to people you meet.
Spend time with your grandkids. Whether it’s playing a game, reading a story or helping with homework, all types of engagement with family members can prove beneficial.
Sign up for a class. Greater Worcester is rich in opportunities to become involved in the community in an educational setting—including everything from local recreation centers to libraries and universities.
Sing in a choir or play music in a group. Local organizations, clubs and religious centers are frequently looking for individuals to get involved in group activities.
Volunteer at your favorite charity. Many charitable institutions have a need for volunteers and offer volunteer positions tailored to retirees who have a schedule that allows them ample time to improve the community.
Visit a museum. Cultural institutions attract a wide array of people with unique perspectives, opinions and interests—people who love to engage others in lively discussions and debates.
Participate in a neighborhood or community group.
Play a group sport. Activities like lawn bowling, golfing and croquet frequently help people to bond with one another—and often lead to long-term friendships.
Relax over coffee or tea. The health benefits of social interaction justify spending extra time over refreshments with a friend.
Schedule regular telephone calls. Socializing doesn’t always have to be in person. Having daily phone calls is a great way to keep in touch.
If you would like to see the excellent amenities and services that we have here at Southgate at Shrewsbury to foster good mental and physical health in our vibrant community, please give us a call to schedule a tour!