Perhaps the greatest benefit of retirement communities is one that seldom tops the list of reasons for moving – the increased engagement that this model is designed around.
Studies have shown the effects of social isolation on all age groups. They include greater risk for high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as depression and cognitive declines.
Now a new study has found that residents of continuing care retirement communities see measureable health advantages and report greater life satisfaction. The study was conducted by Northwestern University and Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging and included more than 5,000 residents from 80 continuing care retirement communities in 29 states.
Among participants, 69 percent felt the move had improved their social wellness. Three important measures of emotional and physical health – social contact, intellectual engagement, and volunteerism – were also higher among CCRC residents.
Another finding: residents of communities with entrance fees had lower rates of depression and better overall diet than people living in rental communities. See the full CCRC health benefits study here.
Continuing care communities are designed for successful aging. They offer opportunities to remain engaged through volunteering, planned trips and programs, resident clubs, fitness centers with trained staff, and new friends right outside your door. Meet Springhill resident John Kriz. This doesn’t mean that after a move, your interests are limited to the campus. Residents maintain community ties and friends, and continue to travel or enjoy vacation homes. How people engage in their new community’s lifestyle remains a matter of their preferences.
The people who live and work here have long understood how the community supports aging well, and have numerous stories of lives transformed. We’re excited to see research bear out what we’ve seen with our own eyes.
We encourage you to give us a call and learn more about the wide-ranging programs that support aging well at Springhill Senior Living.