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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How Independent Living helps seniors make friends and avoid social isolation

We all need social interaction to thrive. But as we grow older, unfortunately, that can become more difficult, instead of easier to accomplish. Vital to both physical and emotional health, our ability to connect with others is a priority. Understanding the effects of social isolation and what preventive actions we can take are the first steps to aging well.

It’s true that not all those who live alone are isolated. It’s also quite possible to feel lonely while living with other people. But living alone may increase the chance of social isolation because there might not be someone bringing it to your attention or to discuss possible solutions.

Although some people choose to live more of an isolated life, for most it’s an unwanted situation that can arrive along with aging. Immobility and depression can also lead to social isolation. Yet, those who move into an Independent Living community may find their perfect solution.

Health effects of social isolation

The seriousness of this condition lies in its detrimental effect on a person’s physical and emotional health. Research has found a link between social isolation and these conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feelings of depression
  • Cognitive decline
  • Increased risk for dementia

Why it’s harder to make friends as we grow older

Natural events often increase our isolation. We may no longer be working and have lost our network of fellow employees. Our children and families may be scattered and friends often move away.

If we live in a traditional neighborhood with young families, we might find our lifestyles have little in common. Or if we live in more rural areas, we may be distant from everyone. And if you’re one of the 28% of older adults who live alone, there may be an increased risk.

Our age can also contribute to isolating factors. We may be driving less or have quit driving altogether, making it harder to meet up with friends to socialize. We might see our nutrition start to slip if we tire of shopping and cooking for every meal.

If we live where there isn’t easy access to mass transportation, we may find it more difficult to keep up a healthy lifestyle, such as regularly going to the gym for exercise or attending events that stimulate our minds, for example enjoying a lecture, museum exhibit or concert.

Our ability to meet or make new friends decreases at a time in life when we need them the most. If you see this type of pattern forming in your life, it’s time to look for solutions.

A community for making friends and being socially active

One answer that allows you to cross off almost everything on the list is moving to an Independent Living community. Why do they work so well?

1. You’ll live among your peers

At an Independent Living community, you’ll find yourself sharing the same life experiences with your neighbors and other residents.

2. There’s a true sense of community

Everything there is planned with you in mind. You’ll find all the support you need for the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

3. Planned programming create a natural way to make friends

It’s not easy to create new relationships. But when you take part in programs and events with those in your community, making friends becomes natural and easy.

4. The community takes care of planning

A full social calendar and events are bound to have something of interest for everyone. How does movie night, a dance class or wine tasting sound? You’ll find plenty of activities to stimulate your body and mind. Plus you’ll have lots of fun.

5. It’s easy to get your exercise

When you move to a community, you’ll have no excuses for not staying active. Look for those that include a gym, equipment and weights. Also, find out what classes they may offer that you can take with friends, such as water aerobics or yoga.

6. Dining is your pleasure

You’ll want choices here so look for communities that offer options. Some may have a more formal dining room and a casual café. Either way, there should be lots of nutritious and delicious favorites on the menus.

7. Driving isn’t required

Most communities offer activities on-site so there’s no need to drive. Going to exercise, grabbing a quick bite to eat or meeting up with friends for a cocktail hour are all right outside your front door. And if they do plan special events off-site, transportation is usually provided.

8. More free time to fill the way you want

One of the best perks of retirement living is that you’ll finally have more time to spend the days and nights as you wish. With housekeeping available and no more maintenance chores to take care of, you’ll find fun ways to fill your days.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

At Ingleside at King Farm, you’ll find a warm and welcoming community and our commitment to not only meet your expectations but to support you in creating an amazing quality of life.

Our amenities and activities include

  • Staffed fitness center
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Cultural Arts Center
  • New library
  • Art studio
  • Game room
  • Meditation space
  • Yoga studio
  • Spa/salon with massage room
  • Clubs to suit every interest
  • Spiritual, musical and theatrical programs

And so much more

You’ll also find a variety of dining options, as well as scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping, concerts and other events. You’ll have easy access to King Farm’s shuttle system that loops to the Metro and walking paths that lead to The King Farm Village Center, just a few blocks away.

We think you’ll agree, you will find everything you need to stay healthy, active and socially engaged.

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized virtual tour today.

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