8 Reasons Why Many Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities To Living Alone

8 Reasons Why Many Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities To Living Alone

1. The end of yard work and home maintenance

Keeping up a home is hard, especially for those of us who have developed physical ailments. Mowing the lawn, climbing a ladder to change light bulbs, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, vacuuming- these become things of the past. You can enjoy the beautiful New England seasons without having to rake a leaf or pick up a shovel. At Southgate at Shrewsbury, our dedicated staff is here to ensure those worries are a thing of the past.  But don’t worry green thumbs: residents are more than welcome to adopt a garden.

2. Vanquishing boredom

Residents need never be bored at a senior community. There’s something for everyone. All kinds of entertainment and activities are offered, both on-site and out in the local community. Entertainment can range from visiting musicians and performers, to day trips that might include local landmarks, forays into nature, or just an outing to the local art museum.  Southgate offers countless amenities to allow you to pursue your hobbies and explore new interests, including a health club and spa, indoor swimming pool, candlepin bowling alley, woodworking shop, arts and crafts studio, billiard and card rooms, fireplaced library, and much, much more!

3. Better family relationships

Older folks frequently become dependent on their grown children, or other close family members, for help of all kinds. Unnatural role reversals can strain relationships and foster unhealthy feelings of resentment, both by parents and their sons and daughters. Younger family members are liberated from the role of full-time caregivers, and are able to assure that time with their older loved one is meaningful and high-quality. Older residents are glad to return to the role of family matriarch or patriarch and often pleased that their grown children no longer have to “parent the parent”.

4. Better food

There are many residents at senior communities who used to live alone, and were not eating right. Some skipped meals, some were living on ice-cream alone, and one lady would put cat-litter in the coffee brewer. At Southgate, residents don’t have to worry about grocery shopping, meal preparation, or even coffee brewing, if they don’t want to. In addition to fully-equipped kitchens in every apartment, you can enjoy a fine dining experience every day of the week at the Fountain Cafe, the Atrium Dining Room, or the Saratoga Cocktail Lounge.  A full menu offers you a selection of entrees, as well as a variety of seasonally-inspired dishes to satisfy the pallet.  Alternative meals are almost always offered and special diet needs can be accommodated. It’s common for new residents, who had been eating poorly before they moved in, to experience breathtaking improvements in their health and well-being just from three square meals per day.

5. No more stressful driving

Driving can be a tense and stressful as we age, and our driving abilities may not be what they once were either. For these reasons, most residents prefer to take advantage of the free transportation that’s provided by Southgate at Shrewsbury. There’s no need to rely on a car any longer, although parking is available for residents who still drive.

6. Feeling like myself again

Living alone, we may not be able to participate in games and activities we enjoyed, that were both fun, and helped keep us sharp. But senior communities offer a wealth of opportunities to keep engaged. This can include favorite games like chess, bridge and poker, engaging reading groups and discussion groups, and fascinating classes and lectures on every conceivable topic.  Southgate at Shrewsbury offers a variety of activities like our summer concert series, lobster bakes in the park, and our legendary Southgate Olympics for all to enjoy.  In addition, our diverse program calendar includes oil painting, jewelry-making, bowling, bocci, woodworking, language arts & more.

7. Making new friends

Older adults who live alone often become isolated, which is unhealthy at any age. At senior communities we can make friends, share a meal, and enjoy festive occasions with one another. On the other hand, those of us who are more introverted appreciate that our privacy is respected, but are still glad to have folks around.

8. Finally feeling safe

Residents can rest easy knowing that they are secured from thieves, con-men and ne’er-do-wells. Furthermore, residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the emergency response systems that are in each apartment, or sometimes on the resident’s person as a pendant. This alleviates fears about falling and becoming trapped for hours or even days, a scenario that’s all too common for senior’s residing alone.  Southgate at Shrewsbury provides unparalleled 24-hour staff, security, and emergency response systems to each and every resident.

If you are interested in learning more about Southgate at Shrewsbury’s unsurpassed amenities or would like to schedule a tour, please call us toll-free at 1-800-492-8331.  It’s not too early to start living your ideal retirement lifestyle!