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5 Ways How Independent Senior Living Can Boosts Mental Health

March 5, 2021

You’ve made it! The world of work will soon be behind you, and the next phase of your life can begin. Clear the golf course, heat up the pool; you are ready!

With all the excitement, though, can come a wave of anxious thoughts, because independent senior living can be unchartered territory and it can be a bit unsettling, both physically and emotionally. The thought of losing your independence as you get older, too, often tops the list of worry.

Take a read of this week’s article for tips on feeling mentally equipped when transitioning into retirement, for a stress and worry-free experience.

Independent senior living: young caregiver holding hand of elderly person

Independent Senior Living Encourages Healthy Eating

Fuelling your body with the ‘right’ foods will boost your mental health. There are so many benefits to making healthy choices with your food, including improved sleep patterns, boosted energy, and enhanced memory, and an instant mood lift. A healthy diet also reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a host of other serious health conditions. 

With all of the above in mind, making healthier choices with food can increase your chances of staying independent throughout your retirement, as well as having multiple good effects on your mental health.

Independent senior living homes enable you to continue making your own meals, meaning you have full control over what you eat every day (but the on-site restaurant is a welcome amenity for when you fancy a day away from the kitchen!)

Two people preparing healthy vegetables in kitchen setting

Independent Senior Living Encourages You to Stay Active 

Remember we mentioned golf and swimming? We weren’t being entirely tongue-in-cheek! You actually can (and should) spend your retirement doing these things, and more. Daily walks, exercising and taking part in sports are all great for maintaining your independence and boosting your mental health.

Amongst other benefits, exercise can help you stay independent. It’ll improve your strength, too, as well as boost your balance, body functions, memory and brain health! Your mental health will feel the benefits, too, and you’ll experience a reduced risk of chronic health conditions and falls.

Independent senior living at a retirement development allows you to access a variety of facilities that promote exercise – including a pool, gym and beautiful grounds.

Independent senior living: Senior ladies exercising together

Independent Senior Living Allows You to Stay in Control of Your Future

Staying independent becomes increasingly valuable as we age – and so, when thinking about retirement, it’s important to think about which living options are best for you.

Losing your independence – whether through natural ageing or injury – can increase feelings of hopelessness and depression, so continuing to do what you can for yourself will help you keep your mental health in check.

Even if you find doing some things hard, it can be beneficial to set yourself small goals. Every time you tick something off the list, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and it will boost your confidence. 

Independent senior living will enable you to continue your life as you want to, allowing you to take control of how you spend your time – with the added bonus that help will always be on hand, should you ever want or need it.

Elderly man and young child propagating a plant together

Enjoy a Healthy Social Life

Independent senior living doesn’t mean going off the grid. In fact, it means you have more time for yourself, and for your social life! Organising regular activities with friends, or even just getting together for a cup of coffee and a natter, will help boost your mental health.

Maintaining a good social life will give you a sense of belonging, boost your self-esteem, and reduce feelings of loneliness. Having a good social support network around you, too, can also help you maintain a sense of independence. 

Independent senior living provides you with a built-in community of like-minded people. There are plenty of onsite facilities, offering you endless opportunities to meet new friends. You could even host a dinner party/book club from the comfort of your own home!

Independent senior living: Group of elderly friends drinking coffee and laughing together

24/7 Access to Medical Assistance, Should You Require it

You may not need medical assistance just yet, but upon transitioning to the next stage of your life, it’s important to be prepared for every scenario. This can help to reduce feelings of anxiety – so it’s good to cover your bases.

One of the many benefits of independent senior living within a retirement development is having an excellent healthcare team on-hand. You may not need them whilst you’re fit and healthy,  but it’s reassuring to know they are just a short phone call away, should your circumstances ever change. 

Moving into an independent living community doesn’t have to be stressful. We’re here to make your move as easy and comfortable as possible, providing you with peace of mind that your decision is the right choice for you.
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