A time to enjoy a sense of community and social life on tap
Socialising after retirement can prove a challenge for some, with social circles becoming smaller. As a result, some may find themselves spending more time alone or relying on family for company. Staying socially active is as important to health as staying physically active. Studies have shown that older adults who are socially active handle stress better which leads to important increases in cardiovascular health and an improved immune system. Positive social interactions on a consistent basis keep one’s brain stimulated, mentally sharp and intellectually engaged which in turn can help prevent general cognitive decline. Moreover, staying socially active and feeling part of a community empowers self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. At LifeCare Residences communities, residents benefit from the services of a lifestyle co-ordinator who organises local excursions, talks from visiting speakers on a variety of topics, onsite activities and functions. Many new residents find their social circle expanding once again, as they have an opportunity to meet and make friends with like-minded, vibrant people – which is appealing at any age. Day-to-day living is made as easy and maintenance-free as possible in a community, as well as providing peace of mind that future healthcare needs will be met when necessary.
With numerous opportunities to socialise including during meals, leisure experiences and outings, many residents find a restored sense of purpose and joy in their social lives once they move in. Grove Place, a beautiful retirement community, set in the rural Hampshire countryside, is now home to retirees Elaine and Philip Gaussen who made the move to begin the next chapter in their lives. They have never looked back as they thoroughly embrace the buzz and sense of community. Elaine adds, “We hadn’t realised how strong the Grove Place community was before we arrived. It’s so lovely to have nice friends and neighbours to socialise with. Everyone is so kind, and we feel at home here.” Like all LifeCare Residences communities, Grove Place provides ample opportunity for residents to meet like-minded people and even get involved in a range of activities and clubs on offer – be it board games, craft, ukulele, cards, falconry, archery, bridge or music.