As people age, it can become more difficult to derive a sense of purpose from day-to-day life, especially after careers have come to an end and routines have changed. Within a senior community, we find that meaningful connections are more important than ever.
Seniors who possess a strong social network have a significantly better overall experience when it comes to health and wellness, both mental and physical. Quality of life has been shown to improve in correlation to feeling included and deriving joy from daily activities.
A sense of belonging is a critical element when it comes to functional and emotional well-being. A properly nourished soul can be a crucial component of one’s longevity and should be considered when choosing a senior living community.
Within the senior care industry, the importance of physical and mental health is often paramount, with the soul aspect of one’s health sometimes being overlooked. Examples of soul-fulfilling activities can include attending religious services, enjoying quality time with loved ones, or even spending time outdoors working in a garden.
When it comes to enhancing the spiritual well-being of residents, many communities offer religious services across a variety of denominations. However, Craig Rukande, the Director of Memory Care & Engagement at PLC says “Spiritual health is more than religion. It involves identifying our purpose and direction,” which can be fulfilled when residents have access to a range of activities that bring seniors a sense of intrinsic value within their community.
Priority Life Care strives to nourish a soulful spirit for community members by creating joyful moments that inevitably lead to happier and healthier seniors. Senior communities that are designed around providing their members with opportunities to build genuine connections are greatly beneficial to the residents.
When individuals feel welcomed and develop a sense of belonging and purpose within their living environment, it’s been shown to reduce the symptoms of isolation, such as depression and anxiety.
People aren’t meant to live a disengaged lifestyle. This rings true when there is a cognitive decline and there is a lack of opportunities to socialize. Living as part of a cohesive community is a tried and true way to reap the benefits of consistent interaction.
During the holiday season, seniors who have experienced the loss of loved ones, such as spouses and friends, can experience fluctuating moods and increased feelings of loneliness.
It’s integral that communities provide extra support during this period, to ensure everyone can partake in the joyous affair of the season. At Priority Life Care communities around the country, various planned activities throughout the holidays encourage group interaction. Activities may include helping decorate the community, preparing holiday events, or participating in philanthropic activities.
Developing close bonds within their living arrangement provides seniors with friends that they can share their daily triumphs and trials. This shared experience can lend itself to feeling supported and understood, which are vital ingredients for a healthy lifestyle.
A favorite quote of Craig Rukande goes, “A healthy body keeps you well and active. A healthy mind keeps you focused and engaged. A healthy soul keeps you fulfilled and content.” There are multiple facets that make up a healthy and fulfilling life for seniors and PLC strives to meet them for all residents.
When it comes to forming social capital and keeping residents engaged, Priority Life Care ensures that there is a multitude of activities for seniors to partake in. As the holidays are quickly approaching, the calendar for the month of December is filling up quickly.
Regardless of one’s cognitive or physical ability to participate, everyone is welcome to join in on the festivities and enjoy the time spent amongst their neighbors and members of the onsite staff.
Whether it’s writing Christmas cards for the troops overseas or having a laugh at who wore the ugliest Christmas sweater, seniors can find not only a sense of belonging this holiday season but a joyful soul as well.
This year, some SOUL enriching activities for our communities include: