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How Independent Living Promotes a Healthy, Fulfilling Retirement

Happy senior woman checking her fitness watch

Independence is sacred as you age. It’s a time in your life when you’ve earned the right to live as you wish, by your own rules and clock, doing what you want when you want.
It may seem counterintuitive, but living on your own isn’t always the best way to preserve your independence. An independent living community promotes a healthy, fulfilling retirement lifestyle that supports your well-being and an optimal quality of life.

Active, Carefree Living

Living in an independent living community means leaving certain responsibilities and obligations behind. Thanks to maintenance-free living, you won’t have to mow the lawn or worry about home repairs when you’d rather be puttering in the garden or putting the finishing touches on a project in the woodworking shop. With an array of services and amenities to choose from, you’ll never have to wonder how to spend your days or fight boredom. You can take part in lifelong learning courses, explore new hobbies, attend performing arts events and more. It’s all up to you.

Planned Social Activities

Maintaining social ties gets harder as you get older, but when you live within an independent living community, you’re surrounded by neighbors in the same stage of life — many of whom share your interests and could become dear friends. You’ll find a calendar full of events and activities designed to help you meet others and form social connections within the community. Senior socialization plays an important role in your overall health, particularly in terms of your physical and mental wellness.

Healthy Meals

When you live alone, you’re less likely to eat regular nutritious meals. Cooking for one can be a challenge, and when it’s just you, it’s easy to grab something quick and easy (but not necessarily good for you) when you’re feeling hungry. Many senior living communities offer fully equipped kitchens, but if you don’t want to cook, you can count on chef-prepared meals that meet your unique dietary needs.

Fitness Programs

Keeping up your physical activity is essential in reducing your risk of numerous health conditions and diseases. It’s also a way to keep your body strong and prolong your mobility. From well-appointed fitness centers to group exercise classes to customized senior wellness programs that equip you with the resources you need to reach your goals, you can count on support to make your physical wellness a priority when you’re living in an independent living community.

Safety and Security

Other benefits of independent living include the security and safety features that protect you and your belongings, like 24/7 security and in-home emergency response systems. Some communities even offer check-in programs that ensure someone is keeping an eye out for you. Early intervention can help keep an emerging problem from growing into a much larger concern.

A Plan for the Future

Moving to independent living as an active older adult gives you extra time to enjoy the community’s resources and amenities while you’re in your prime, but it may also give you a plan for the future. If you choose a Life Plan Community, you can count on access to additional on-site levels of care if your needs change over time, and you’ll be able to stay in the community you already call home. That’s peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Engage on Your Terms

As an independent living resident at Freedom Village in Holland, Michigan, you’re in charge. You have the option to be as active and engaged in the community as you wish. Some days you may feel like sticking closer to your own spacious senior apartment, but other days the community’s diverse amenities and services may beckon. Independent living gives you the freedom to live each day as you please. Contact us to learn more about an active senior living lifestyle you can enjoy on your terms.