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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

5 ways Independent Living can lead to a healthier and happier life

Have you ever considered moving into an Independent Living community? There can be as many reasons as there are retirees who live there. But there are also some primary benefits that are advantageous for everyone.

And at least five of them can help you discover a healthier and happier life.

To see for yourself, compare the following characteristics with those you’ll likely find at an Independent Living community.

Why it makes us healthier and happier

We all want to be in charge of our lives, including making our own decisions and spending the days and nights as we choose. People place a very high value on their independence. Knowing that we are free to direct our choices and not be required to live on someone else’s schedule or program is a primary goal for most of us.

Research also supports these feelings. Studies suggest that independence is a strong contributor to happiness. And there is growing evidence that having choices and control may rank ahead of having money as a determinant. In addition, the lack of independence has been shown to lead to stress and have a negative impact on health.

What you’ll find at the right Independent Living community

Independent Living is just that. Independent. You’re in control of how you live, just as you are now. How you decide to fill your days and nights are all up to you. You’ll live in your own home and no one will come knocking on your door when it’s time for dinner or exercise. Those are all your choices to make.

Why it makes us healthier and happier

We actually need human interaction.  And there has been research to prove it. What’s been found is that those who have healthy and close relationships with others are happier, healthier and may even live longer.

One amazing discovery is that our connections with others can play an even stronger role in our health than those traits that are known to be unhealthful, such as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise. Researchers have found that those with close relationships and unhealthy lifestyles lived longer than those with poor or no relationships but who practiced healthy living.

What you’ll find at the right Independent Living community

As we grow older, one of the inevitabilities is that we may begin to lose friends. Families may live far away. And yet once we leave the work world, it can be harder to meet new people. Yet communities have taken care of that. Participating in some of the activities that appeal to you is just one of the easier ways to meet and make new friends.

Why it makes us healthier and happier

Activity is needed for both our physical and emotional health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that regular activity is one of the most important things we can do for our health. And the benefits reach far and wide. Exercise can improve our brain health, reduce our chance of becoming ill, strengthen our bones and muscles, help us manage our weight and help us continue to be able to perform everyday activities.

What you’ll find at the right Independent Living community

A great benefit of community living is having someone else come up with a calendar of activities for you to choose from. They recognize that their residents have a wide variety of interests so they make sure there is something for everyone. And getting in your exercise should be easy as well, at a fitness center with weights and equipment or taking a class.

Why it makes us healthier and happier

We really are what we eat. At least, partly. Research continues to show the benefits of following a healthy diet. A few of the positives include weight loss, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Diet can also help to manage diabetes by controlling blood glucose levels and keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy.

There is growing evidence that eating a balanced diet can also affect our moods. Research has found that diets with a high glycemic load may cause symptoms of depression and fatigue. And a healthy diet may help slow down cognitive decline.

What you’ll find at the right Independent Living community

Again, choices are what is important. Look for communities that offer more than one way to dine, including a more formal environment but also the more casual café. Of course, the food should be nutritious but also presented in a way that makes it visually appealing. Another added bonus is that dining will also provide a social opportunity to share a meal with friends.

Why it makes us healthier and happier

You’ve worked hard and have looked forward to enjoying this stage in life. Your goal is likely to continue to achieve a level of good health and happiness. Part of that may come from no longer having to worry about maintaining your home. As most homeowners will say, it’s a never ending task that comes with its own continual to-do list. The idea of no longer having to spend free time arranging for repairs or trying to locate a reliable plumber sounds appealing to many.

What you’ll find at the right Independent Living community

Everything will be taken care of when you begin living in a maintenance-free community. No outdoor yard work, shoveling snow, or exterior maintenance. You’ll no longer be responsible for repainting your house or fixing a leaky roof. And this includes interior repairs as well. If the heat or air-conditioning goes out, it’s no longer yours to fix.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

At Ingleside at King Farm, we’re here to support all of our residents to achieve their goals of happiness, good health and independence. We’ve created our community, activities and amenities to help you live your life to the fullest. Whether you’re exercising your body or your mind, spending time with friends or relaxing with a good book, you’ll find the choices are all yours to make so you can continue to live an enriched retirement life.

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

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