Seniors’ (Brains) Just Wanna Have Fun
More and more, the medical community (particularly in the area of neuroscience) is verifying that active, social adults are healthier and happier than those who are isolated and sedentary. For example, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows that an active, social brain helps many older adults reduce the risk of developing memory and thinking problems.
Of course, it’s not surprising that many times the focus on moving into an assisted living center is on safety, health and security. Those are all important reasons to consider moving to a senior living community but there are other, more inviting reasons to take the plunge as well. Here at Melrose Meadows most of those reasons revolve around family, friends and fun.
Senior Living Perks that Support Good Brain Health
Entertaining – Just because you move into a senior living center doesn’t mean you can’t entertain anymore. At Melrose Meadows, you’ll find several warm, inviting spaces you can use for social groups, clubs and friendly gatherings. Knitting groups, bridge groups, church groups, birthday parties–you name it. Staff can even provide refreshments for your group. Want to share a private meal with family or friends? A private dining room is also available.
Pets Welcome – Many residents are surprised to discover they can bring their pets along when they move to a senior living community but studies show that pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity. There may be some limitations on the number and size of pets you can bring along so be sure to ask each facility about their pet policy.
Wellness Centers – Fitness is important at every stage of life and that doesn’t change as we get older. In fact, it may be more important than ever. Many senior and assisted living communities now have onsite fitness facilities for use by residents and offer group classes in a variety of activities. Want a fun place to hang out with your grandkids? At Melrose Meadows there is even an in-ground, heated pool open to residents and their families.
Group Classes, Church Services and Social Events – Many of today’s senior living communities offer group study in a variety of subjects, onsite church services, and regularly scheduled social events like dances, movie nights, and group outings. All of these activities serve a dual purpose: celebrating the joy of life while keeping brains active and engaged.
Find the Right Fit
Far from the lonely stereotype of nursing homes, most senior and assisted living communities today offer a variety of amenities and activities to keep residents fully engaged in the swing of life. Each community develops its own personality and culture over time and offers the amenities best suited to its residents so be sure to find one that suits your own personality.
Are you or a loved one exploring senior and assisted living communities? Melrose Meadows is a certified assisted and independent living community in Iowa City, Iowa. We provide an independent, secure lifestyle for our residents in a vibrant, all-inclusive setting. Schedule a tour today to see if Melrose Meadows is a good fit for your future.