“The reality is that remaining in your home can result in growing isolation and loneliness in later life,” said Dychtwald, bestselling author of Age Wave. “Senior living options, like a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offer opportunities to create new friendships and social connections.”
Titled “Five Myths and Realities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities,” Age Wave’s report and research were commissioned by Vi, a developer of older adult living communities, including Vi Aventura.
The Report stated, friendships and close social connections are an essential source of happiness, and people age 60 and over are most likely to cite “living family and friends” as extremely important to their happiness – more important than money or even health.
Yet, it is not uncommon for people who stay in their current home during retirement to find that their friends and family move away, and many can feel increasingly lonely or isolated in their current home. Studies show that having low social interaction is as bad for your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, is as dangerous as being an alcoholic, is as harmful as never exercising and is twice as dangerous as obesity.
Residents of CCRCs like Vi Aventura say that it is the opportunity to meet, learn from, and engage in new activities with positive, stimulating, like-minded people that can make life brighter and fuller.
One interviewee said “the no. 1 benefit is that you’re surrounded by successful, interesting people. You have a pretty good chance of finding people who may make an impact on your life.”
CCRCs like Vi Aventura offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care. For more information contact Marjorie Aloni, Community Relations Manager at 305-692-4829.