Although you’ve worked hard to get to the point of retirement, planning your retirement can be a daunting prospect. With so many lifestyle options to choose from, how do you decide which is truly the best for you to optimize this new and exciting phase of life?
The answer for many seniors—regardless of activity level—is likely to be independent living. This answer can be surprising for those who are very active or who may not even be fully retired. But the truth is, independent living communities allow seniors to maximize their free time. So, they can fully delve into their hobbies or dedicate more time to working or volunteering.
The following will highlight three strong benefits of choosing an independent living community for your senior years.
Improved mental health
When you choose a retirement community instead of remaining in your previous home, you are immediately placed in an immersive environment among your peers. In addition, independent living communities provide an extensive list of community activities to help residents become more engaged with each other.
It’s important for seniors to find a community where they can feel welcomed and happy, and the positive impacts of this can be tremendous. In fact, senior depression is often tied to isolation and loneliness. The longer someone stays living alone in their home, the more isolating it tends to be. Children move out, neighbors move away, and the community dynamics change as younger professionals and families alter the landscape. Maintaining social interaction is vital for health and happiness. Social isolation in seniors is linked to myriad health issues not limited to poor cognitive performance, increased mortality rate and higher systolic blood pressure.
When you live in a vibrant retirement community like Southgate at Shrewsbury, you will find it much easier to build an invigorating social life and embrace your retirement years with the joy you always imagined.
Making the best use of time and money
It’s a common misconception that independent living is more expensive than remaining at home. In many cases, the opposite is the case. The cost of homeownership can be unpredictable, but when you live in a community like Southgate at Shrewsbury, your fixed cost of living includes utilities and all the expensive maintenance that comes with upkeep of a home. Instead of having to call the plumber and pay the expensive bill to fix that leaky faucet, an on-site maintenance team will complete the repair at your convenience and no extra charge.
Another part of that same equation is the time you will open for yourself by not having to worry about day-to-day repairs or waiting around for expensive contractors. With all your home maintenance taken care of, you can utilize that time to strengthen your bonds in the community and take care of your health and happiness.
Higher comfort and security
Living at an independent living facility is the optimum choice to ensure personal safety and security as you enter your golden years. People living alone at home may avoid being too active to prevent falls when the people who could help them may be far away. When you live in a community like Southgate at Shrewsbury, however, dedicated and trained staff are always present to ensure that emergencies are responded to rapidly—we know your health and happiness depends on it!
Independent living residences like Southgate at Shrewsbury place an emphasis on maximizing their residents’ time and creating a community atmosphere that fosters a healthy and happy lifestyle. It’s the best place to be as you enter your golden years.
If you’re considering independent living and are still unsure if the option is right for, request more information and find out all the exciting ways an independent living community can enhance your retirement. You’ve planned and waited a long time to get to this point in your life; make sure you get the most out of it!