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Acacia Creek: The Health Value of Community Living for Seniors

The Health Value of Community Living for Seniors

For those in retirement, being around others is good for the body, mind, and soul.

Research shows that people who live in communities tend to live longer. We find that people who live in communities tend to live better, too.

Some of the longest-lived people in the world reside in communal environments that encourage being active, following routines that help reduce stress, and enjoying the support of a social network. While this science goes back years, our recent experience with social distancing has shined even more light on the importance and benefits of community living.

“Communal living” may conjure up a mental picture of your college dormitory, or a hippie commune. (Neither of which is probably what you’re looking for in your retirement.) But the fact is that retirement communities like Acacia Creek don’t require residents to give up their independence; in fact they help extend it. With fewer household responsibilities, chores, and errands, you have more room in your day—and your life—for the freedoms you’ve been looking forward to taking advantage of in retirement. Do what you love and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that someone else is taking care of everything else. Consider the following:

  1. Senior communities encourage activity
    When you’re surrounded by people who are dedicated to successful aging, you have more opportunities to grow and learn. Perhaps joining a walking club or a gardening group are just the push you need to get more activity in your day.

  2. Senior communities stave off isolation
    Social isolation and loneliness are silent health crises for seniors. Studies show that nearly one-third of seniors in the U.S. is experiencing serious social isolation—and that those with stronger networks of friends around them have much lower risk of heart disease and cognitive decline. In fact, social isolation has the same health risks as smoking a half-pack of cigarettes a day.

  3. Senior communities help foster a sense of purpose
    Seniors who report they have a keen sense of purpose in their lives experience greater longevity and levels of happiness than those who don’t. Senior communities, by offering more opportunities for social connection, activity, and things like volunteering, give people ample chances create and foster that kind of fulfillment in their lives.

Living With Purpose—Among Friends

At Acacia Creek, the sense of community is central to everything from resident programming to decision-making. As one of only a few certified Centers for Successful Aging in the country, its residents report greater health and satisfaction metrics than residents at other senior living communities. For instance:

  • 76% engage in aerobic activity at least weekly.
  • 78% try new activities that challenge their brains./li>
  • 88% continue to use their skills in everyday life.
  • 94% are satisfied with their life.
  • 90% say their life has purpose.
  • 77% volunteer their time.
  • 94% socialize regularly with others.
  • 74% engage socially with younger generations.
  • 76% make new social connections.

ACACIA CREEK RETIREMENT COMMUNITY inspires residents to live an active, meaningful life. Our mission as a senior community is to enrich the independence, well-being, and security of our residents through exceptional services and care based on Masonic values.

To learn more about Acacia Creek or our senior housing opportunities, contact us at WWW.ACACIACREEK.ORG/CONTACT

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