Is Communal Living A Better Option For Seniors To Have An Active Lifestyle?

By Guest Blogger, Jordan Fuller

Photo by Garry Knight

Photo by Garry Knight

As we age, nothing is more important than taking care of our health. Now, that doesn’t mean we should only focus on our physical health. As the cliche goes, we must care for our mind, body, and soul to fully enjoy life as a senior. 

But for most seniors, finding the best way to live could be the biggest boost to their overall health and life satisfaction. When faced with the choice of living alone or inside a communal environment or cohousing, it is vital to understand that experiencing life with others can lead to more happiness, a more active brain, and better nutrition.

Why Should I Live in a Community?

A study produced by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 found that individuals who continue to participate in social activities with friends and families as they get older show higher retention of cognitive abilities.

 The type of programs, routinely found in senior living communities, allow residents to stay active. It is helping them to preserve a higher quality of life that keeps the mind sharp and the body active. There are some helpful activities such as playing golf, swimming, exercising, etc. that keep the seniors' lifestyle active.

There are several benefits to living in a senior community worth highlighting.

The first is the assortment of programs that are available to residents. The programs are designed to keep the individual active in a communal setting that encourages interaction with others. Even if you suffer from mobility or cognitive issues, the programs are built to be accommodating to everyone.

Another benefit of living in a communal environment is the opportunity to give back to other populations through volunteering. From reading to creating crafts, to helping children or other seniors at local hospitals, volunteering can be excellent for enhancing your purpose in life.

An overlooked aspect of living close to others is how beneficial it can be for your body through improved nutrition. Seniors are vulnerable to poor eating through isolation and lack of mobility, but this can be remedied by creating a support system that actively works toward creating balanced nutrition for the community.

The community exists to help everyone increase the quality of their own lives. Through enjoyable social interaction such as working out together and enhanced nutrition, individuals living in a senior community find a focus that improves their quality of life.


Why is Living in a Community Better than Isolation?

Isolation for seniors can contribute to a lack of social interaction that leads to depression and a drop in life satisfaction. If you are facing issues such as limited transportation, health issues, family and friends that live far away or the sudden loss of loved ones, living in a community can help alleviate significant burdens allowing you to concentrate on finding fulfilling experiences in a social setting.

Even if you prefer to live alone for privacy purposes, living within a senior community can provide a balance of individual engagement coupled with a collection of loving, like-minded people looking to support each other to create the best life possible.

Fighting loneliness and isolation is crucial for renewing your purpose in life as well as dramatically helping you maintain your independence as you get older, this is why community living is so appealing to seniors.


About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a golf coach and owns a golf publication site knows as He got his passion for golf when he was a kid during the days when his parents bring him along to their play. He loves to teach amateurs, especially seniors, who needed to have an active lifestyle.

Jordan Fuller

Jordan Fuller