The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are amplified as we age, as hundreds of studies have shown over the decades. More recently, the International Council on Active Aging concluded that by 2023 at least two-thirds of senior living communities will have, at their core, a practice of holistic wellness.
And it’s true; health and wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular in senior communities. At communities like Waterstone on High Ridge, seniors now have the means to live a holistic lifestyle in a safe environment, thanks to nutritious meal plans, engaging social programs and a diverse range of activities.
Keep reading to find out about some of the ways that communities promote senior holistic wellness.
Every aspect of our lives is affected by our health and wellness. Throughout our life span, we can remain mentally, physically and spiritually strong if we consume the right foods, exercise regularly, observe mental health needs and maintain a positive outlook.
Senior living communities like Waterstone on High Ridge are carefully crafted to aid residents in achieving their health goals. A holistic approach to wellness means meeting the needs of mind, body and spirit, with an emphasis on healthy living and high quality of life. Research shows that an engaged and active mind and body support longevity, health and happiness.
1. Fitness Programs
Fitness is an integral part of the daily programming offered in senior living communities. Senior-friendly exercises, such as chair yoga, water aerobics, tai chi or even simple stretching, can improve overall health and help ward of stress and depression for older adults. At Waterstone on High Ridge, there are both informal and formal fitness opportunities available, with access to one-on-one personal training. Our fully equipped fitness center and indoor heated pool, as well as our mind-body studio, provide the perfect setting to build strength, improve balance and more.
2. Wellness Programs
While diet and exercise are key components, there is so much more to learn about the philosophy behind wellness. The wellness groups that retirement communities organize are often focused on providing information and support to help seniors age well. The needs of residents in senior living communities continually change, so teams make it a point to keep wellness programs at the forefront.
3. Delicious and Healthy Dining Experience
For a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet is necessary. But a healthy diet can pose a challenge for some older individuals. Retirement communities offer seniors the opportunity to enjoy three nutritious meals daily – without the hassles of grocery shopping, cooking or clean-up.
At Waterstone on High Ridge, we understand that dining is more than just a meal – it should be an experience with impeccable service. Our chefs create gourmet meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients for distinctive meals that rival five-star restaurants. Dietary restrictions and needs can also be met by our culinary team.
4. Lifelong Learning
The opportunity to learn outside of the classroom provides people with new skills and interests. By giving seniors more ways to explore their curiosity, lifelong learning helps to keep their minds active. In many senior living communities, lectures, book clubs, chess groups and creative writing courses are common. The most important benefit of lifelong learning is that it helps seniors improve their quality of life.
5. Scheduled Social Calendars and Activities
It’s never too late to discover new hobbies, and senior living communities are designed to help older adults do just that. Social, cultural and recreational activities are designed to foster engagement, connection and fellowship. Group outings may be planned throughout the year to areas of interest. For those in memory care, Alzheimer’s and dementia-specific programs are beneficial for boosting self-esteem and stimulating the mind.
In retirement communities like Waterstone on High Ridge, a dedicated team of life enrichment experts carefully create events, activities and programs that promote happiness and inspire creativity and connection.
6. Religious Services and Spiritual Programs
Having a set of values that guide your faith is part of a holistic approach to wellness. Many communities offer worship services to provide spiritual support to residents.
Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to senior living in a beautiful hilltop setting. Come see how we redefine independent living, assisted living and memory care in Fairfield County, just minutes away from fine restaurants, retail stores and cultural venues in Stamford and Greenwich.