Seniors moving into a new senior community have likely already experienced many transitions in their lives. While these past moves can help seniors know what to expect during a transition, such as new sounds, smells and sights, it can still take a while for them to adjust to a different home environment.
The way people react to change depends on personality and circumstance, but stress and feelings of being overwhelmed are quite common. Here are a few reasons why getting out and socializing is an important step for seniors who want to truly settle into this next stage of their lives.
It isn't unusual for newcomers to get lost as they try to memorize the locations of the dining hall, activity room or front entrance in correlation to their apartment. Getting to know their neighbors lets seniors tag along with longtime residents during meals or scheduled activities. This can help take the pressure off until they can confidently navigate on their own.
Not every resident attends every activity, but there are always regulars who love specific games or fitness programs. These regular attendees can teach new members the ropes and share past stories so that it becomes easier to connect the faces and names of other participants.
New friendships don't stop at the neighbors. The staff members around our Fort Worth community love to get to know all of the residents. This lets the staff know the preferences and needs of each senior and helps them form bonds that make daily life brighter for everyone involved.
Some of the benefits of engaging in social opportunities include improved memory and cognitive functions to reduced stress. Seniors who share activities and meals with friends are more likely to eat regularly and participate in wellness programs around the facility, which can help them maintain a healthy weight and boost energy levels.
Being a part of physical fitness and fall-prevention activities can also help seniors with sedentary habits avoid injuries and hospital stays caused by poor balance and weakened muscle groups.
A sense of belonging is vital for humans to feel loved and content. The many activities around Bethesda Gardens, such as Bible studies, crafts and community socials, offer seniors the chance to join like-minded individuals in things that spark their interest.
This engagement can help seniors to try new things and get involved in more programs and outings within the community and with their own family.