Making the transition to independent senior living ushers in a new stage of life. Retired individuals and families look to these years to be ones where they explore new hobbies and do all the things they couldn’t before retirement. It’s a major lifestyle change, but for the better. A key component to this is staying active both physically and mentally to get the most out of living in the Northfield senior living community. Not only do we design and run numerous events and activities residents can participate in, but we also encourage residents to take charge of their health and wellness.
Why Senior Wellness Is Important
When retirement comes, it can be tempting just to take it easy. However, this can lead to developing the bad habit of inactivity. Active and independent seniors understand the importance of staying healthy. As we grow older, inactivity or passive participation weakens our body, increasing the likelihood of falling and exacerbating other health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure. Retiring to a senior living community like Northfield means finally being about to pursue your interests, so it’s important to embrace this time.
Staying mentally active is just as important as staying physically active. Here at Northfield, residents can enjoy a modern exercise and wellness facility where they can participate in classes with other residents. At the same time, our activities director makes sure there are plenty of opportunities for residents to keep their mind sharp as well.
Five Senior Activities to Consider
There’s no wrong way to stay active. Here are five ways to stay active in your senior living community and get the most out of your retirement:
- Start a new hobby: We never stop learning. Retirement is the perfect time not just to pursue your longtime hobbies but to learn about other options. In our senior living community, you will likely find neighbors also interested in taking up a new skill like fishing, painting, gardening, crafting, or even dance. Hobbies are an excellent way to keep your mind active by being socially connected and trying to master a new skill. Some hobbies overlap with physical exercises like golf, yoga, or cycling.
- Volunteer or take a class: Residents of Northfield have a lifetime of knowledge. Why not share some of your wisdom? Volunteer in the community, take a class at the local community center or college, or even teach a class yourself. Explore the possibilities.
- Check out your local library: Libraries are so much more than just places where you can check out books. Your local library hosts events, readings, discussions, and classes. Free and open to the public, libraries are an excellent place to stay connected with others keeping you mentally sharp.
- Exercise: The simplest way to stay active is by exercising regularly. This can range from low-impact activities like walking or water aerobics to more involved exercises like weight training.
- Explore: Perhaps the greatest advantage of being part of a senior living community is the freedom to travel and explore. During this time of your life, you have the time to dedicate to going places and visiting friends and family you may not have gotten to see as much as you’d have liked before retirement.
Northfield Senior Living Community
Residents at Northfield in Brownsburg, Indiana, are close-knit and social. We provide ample opportunities for residents to participate in group activities, attend outings together, and stay healthy on-premise through our health and wellness facilities. We understand staying active once you’ve moved to a senior living community may seem a challenge, but with all of the activities we offer, residents will find themselves with plenty of options. Northfield fosters staying connected with their friends and family, socializing with neighbors, and getting out into the community to enjoy oneself. Contact us today at 844.334.1490 to learn more about our programs and tour our community.