For many seniors, the idea of living in a retirement community is ideal because it offers a social atmosphere and engaging programs. New support for this instinct has emerged from a recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study found that isolated older adults have a shorter lifespan than those who engage in regular community activities. The accompanying feeling of loneliness can increase the risk of health issues, like mood disorders, depression, weight-gain, and even heart disease.
Conversely, social interaction can have profound physiological effects. For instance, Time magazine reports that holding a loved one’s hand can reduce blood pressure, pain, and even your stress levels. Actions like volunteering or picking up a new hobby can create endless opportunities for building and maintaining relationships.
At Shell Point, the community and social dimension of wellness is an important part of the LifeQuest Wellness Program. From the time residents move in, they have opportunities to build relationships that foster true friendships and gain a sense of “family.” Social functions are planned within individual court buildings that build neighbor-to-neighbor friendships, in addition to regularly planned social events, holiday programs, weekly activities, trips, and cultural programs that bring residents together.
If you would like to learn more about Shell Point’s LifeQuest Wellness Program, or the community and social dimension, visit https://www.shellpoint.org/lifequest/.