Throughout life, we all experience certain amounts of stress. Whether we feel stress from the pressures of working, paying bills, maintaining a home, or raising children, daily stressors are a natural occurrence, even for older adults.
However, for some seniors, stress and tension can become overwhelming. Undue stress can be the result of losing a spouse or friend, loneliness and isolation, or physical or medical limitations that make everyday tasks difficult.
If you’re concerned that your loved one is experiencing excess stress, it may be time to relocate to a retirement community. Here are three reasons why retirement living can help seniors manage stress.
Less worry about daily responsibilities
The daily pressures of maintaining a home, such as cooking, cleaning, and lawn care, can become overwhelming for older adults, especially as their physical health changes. With services like housekeeping, landscaping, transportation, and dining options, older adults can experience a more relaxing retirement.
A community that cares
For many older adults, living alone can be a source of loneliness, isolation, and stress. In retirement living, however, older adults can experience the benefits of a community that truly cares. From friendly neighbors to dedicated caregivers, retirement communities offer residents an engaging social life that can help alleviate the effects of stress.
Combating stress with exercise
Another way to fight and prevent stress is through exercise. Physical exercise releases endorphins that boost your mood and prevent the effects of stress. Most retirement communities have paved outdoor trails perfect for walking or jogging, fitness centers and fun group exercise classes to help seniors get daily physical activity.
While stress is a normal factor of everyday life, living in a retirement community can mitigate some of the negative effects of stress in older adults. With added conveniences, increased social engagement and opportunities for exercise, older adults can benefit from moving to a retirement community.