The Importance of Community for Mental and Physical Health

Few decisions impact your health and happiness more than where you live. This becomes increasingly important with age, as older adults who live alone are more likely to experience feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression. Finding the right senior living community to start your next chapter can have a significant impact on your overall wellness and help reduce (and even eliminate) many of the risks of living alone. 

At Vista Grande Villa, our community offers the perfect combination of independence, socialization, and long-term care support. Whether you are seeking more planned activities with like-minded seniors or your personal care needs have changed, there are countless physical and mental health benefits from living in a senior living community. 

Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Senior Living

  • More opportunities for socialization

Living alone can have a significant impact on your mental and physical health, no matter your age. For older adults in particular, research has shown that social isolation can dramatically increase the risk of cognitive decline, heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, individuals who regularly engage in meaningful activities with other people tend to be happier, live longer, and have a strong sense of purpose.  At VGV, every day presents new opportunities to engage with other adults in the same stage of life. These informal gatherings give residents an opportunity to share stories and encourage friendships. 

  • Access to healthcare

As we get older, it is common to require more health services. The best senior living communities provide a continuum of care that allow residents to remain “at home” as their healthcare needs change. Vista Grande Villa offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehab, and skilled nursing under one roof, so that as healthcare needs arise, residents can comfortably age-in-place.

  • Improved eating habits 

A nutritious diet is essential for aging healthy. But let’s face it; as we get older, planning meals and weekly grocery shopping trips can become more of a burden. At VGV, residents have access to restaurant-quality dining prepared by an on-site chef who is happy and willing to accommodate dietary preferences. You also benefit from always having friends to dine with, which makes mealtime a social event to look forward to!

  • An active lifestyle

According to research, physical activity increases life expectancy and lowers the risk of major diseases and illnesses, including arthritis heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Whether you enjoy walking with friends, square dancing, or group stretching and balance classes, VGV offers many opportunities to help you keep your body moving.  

  • Safe and carefree living

Senior living communities are built with the safety of seniors in mind. One way we do this is by handling all the home maintenance tasks, eliminating many risks associated with falls and injuries that seniors face living at home alone. With less time dedicated to home repairs or yardwork, seniors can spend more time pursuing new hobbies and spending time with people they love. Helping residents maintain their independence is our goal, but when extra assistance is needed, VGV offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Lifelong learning

A huge benefit of living in a senior living community is that you always have the option to learn new things and pursue new passions. Our engaging event calendar is packed full of fun and varied activities for residents to enjoy.  Lifelong learning not only helps seniors stay challenged mentally, but can produce significant social and physical benefits as well. 

The mental and physical benefits that community-living offers cannot be overstated. Our unique blend of maintenance-free living, resort-style amenities, supportive services, and respectful care creates a vibrant atmosphere where seniors of all interests and abilities can grow and thrive.

To learn more about our community, schedule a tour at Vista Grande Villa today. 

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