“Aging in community is not new,” writes Janice Blanchard in the American Society of Aging’s journal Generations.
At the turn of the 20th century, a person could expect to live and die in their own home and community, with family, friends and neighbors providing support as needed (Cassel and Demel, 2001). Of course, the average life expectancy in 1900 was only 49 years old.
As life expectancy increased, society for many years continued to view living at home forever as the ultimate victory. However, families changed. They are smaller, more spread out and busier than ever. Soon, living at home felt like a hollow victory as the home where couples raised their children caused physical, financial and social challenges.
Community Brings Opportunities for Active Living
Without community, a person begins seeing fewer opportunities for active living, and instead, mounting levels of loneliness, helplessness and boredom (Thomas and Blanchard, 2009). We need a sense of community throughout our entire lives.
In recent years, a new model of community living has developed, from retirement living communities to aging-in-place communities. Research has found community living promotes a sense of social connectedness, positive interactions and relationship building based on shared interests and pursuits.
Blanchard writes, “One thing is certain: the circumstances of where, how and with whom we grow old are changing … Baby Boomers are redefining their lives — breaking down the old stereotypes and rules, and building new visions of great places to grow old — and doing it better, together.”
When it comes to active living and socialization, people have the same basic needs at any age — the need to laugh and have fun together, to learn and explore together. In short: to live life to its fullest.
A variety of activities and social opportunities exist at today’s senior living communities. You choose what and when you want to participate. But if you’re like many, you’ll find it hard to resist the fun!
- Group trips
- Concerts, lectures and other cultural events
- Dining together
- Game room with billiards, karaoke, Wii games
- Golf courses
- Pools and fitness centers
- Classes and workshops
- And more!
Whether an early tee time followed by lunch, a sunny afternoon on the lake or leisurely coffee with friends, you can find it at Sugar Hill Retirement Community. To plan a visit of Sugar Hill, call 603-569-8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.