Your health is the one asset that enables you to do everything else in life. Healthy living for seniors means more time to do what matters most and more opportunities to enjoy life. So, as time moves forward for us all and we continue to age, it’s common for many to have gained a stronger appreciation for good health and perhaps a deeper commitment to remaining healthy. Recent data shows that older adults view social relationships, vitality, emotional well-being and an active lifestyle as core components of good health — and they’re right. A happy and balanced life is a potent tool for reducing the risk of chronic illness.
In a survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of older adults ages 65-74 rated their health as good or excellent. Whether you’re among them or are struggling with some health issues you would like to get a better handle on, the right environment is key. A Life Plan Community like Glenmeadow can help you attain and maintain good health for the next 10 years, 20 years and beyond.
Glenmeadow’s Life Plan Community offers a welcoming space to launch whatever comes next. We offer warm friendships, exceptional food, a safe and supportive environment, and a commitment to healthy living for seniors.
More Time To Do What You Love
Vacuuming, meal preparation, deep cleaning and other recurring chores are basic aspects of life. They’re also not very much fun. And as you age, they can become a significant source of stress. For some adults, home maintenance may also become increasingly risky. Cleaning the gutters, vacuuming the stairs and other necessary tasks increase the risk of falls. Even if you’re as limber as you ever were, do you really want to spend the next chapter of your life working your way down a never-ending to-do list?
At Glenmeadow, we help with home maintenance, landscaping and other daily tasks. We offer exceptional meals, so you only have to go to the grocery store and cook when you want to. That means more time to do what you love. More pleasure and joy can motivate you to stay as healthy as possible. And reducing stress can also improve health. Chronic stress plays a role in a wide range of health conditions, from anxiety and depression to cancer and dementia.
With more time and less stress, integrating wellness into your day may feel easier. Fun and good health can coexist, especially when you have fewer worries.
An Environment That Prioritizes Health
Healthy living is a habit, whether you’re trying to get out for more regular walks or just hoping to spend more time immersed in meaningful conversation with those you love. The right environment makes good habits easier to form and stick with. Consider how much easier it is to go for a daily jog in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood and how difficult healthy eating can be when you don’t have time to cook or grocery shop. Active life at Glenmeadow even goes beyond the campus and many of our residents explore the sites, parks and activities in surrounding locations. Glenmeadow’s Life Plan Community boast a wide range of amenities and benefits designed to make healthy living easy and fun:
- Walkable green spaces encourage you to get moving and spend time outside.
- An inviting fitness center makes working out safe and accessible.
- Friendly neighbors ensure there’s always someone to do something with.
- A range of classes focus on wellness of body, mind and spirit.
- A well-designed environment reduces the risk of falls and ensures that, should you ever need additional help, it’s there for you.
- Various dining venues that offer nourishing and delicious meals that make healthy eating a breeze.
- Outdoor excursions so you can really embrace life and nature in beautiful New England.
Fitness classes, meal preparation, outings with friends and similar events and tasks can be a logistical challenge that require lots of planning, the right transportation and, often, quite a bit of money. Glenmeadow bring it all to your front door.
A healthy diet can help you live longer and healthier by reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some types of cancer. But healthy eating requires planning and commitment. This makes it easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed, losing momentum on your healthy eating journey. In a Life Plan Community like Glenmeadow, you don’t have to devote hours every week to meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping and cleaning out the fridge. We offer meals that cater to a range of palates and nutritional needs, whether you’re vegetarian, watching your blood pressure, or hoping to eat more fruits and vegetables. Because food is chef-prepared and delicious, it’s easy to stick with your healthy eating goals long term.
An Active Community
When everyone around you is having fun and staying active, it’s easier for you to stay active too. Glenmeadow boasts energetic, vibrant cultures that encourage healthy living for seniors. Seeing others live life on their own terms may inspire you to do the same, whether it’s starting a new business or finally learning to play that instrument you’ve always loved.
Our community develops programming with the needs of its residents in mind, and often, residents spearhead their own programming initiatives. You’ll enjoy dances, live music, game nights, stimulating intellectual discussions, yoga classes and more. This approach integrates physical activity into daily life rather than divorcing it from the things you enjoy most.
Plenty of Opportunities for Friendship
About a quarter of older adults are socially isolated. It can be difficult to maintain connections across time and distance — especially if you no longer drive or your friends live far away. Yet friendship makes life meaningful and can also preserve your health. Research shows that loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Life at Glenmeadow makes friendship effortless, offering opportunities for new connections just outside of your door. And if you struggle to break the ice with new folks, don’t worry. Welcoming community activities ensure you can meaningfully connect with others, even if you’re shy. And, our community can also help you nurture the relationships you already have. You’ll no longer have to worry about maintaining your home for visitors, cooking a meal or cleaning for guests, so spontaneous drop-ins feel easier. Warm, inviting spaces and fun activities can also entice loved ones to visit more frequently.
Stress feels awful. It’s also terrible for your health, increasing your risk of a host of chronic diseases. There’s no escaping some of life’s tragedies and traumas. But there’s a lot you can do to mitigate daily stressors such as household chores, making time for a healthy meal, maintaining your home and dealing with financial uncertainty. Glenmeadow’s Life Plan Community help reduce these common stressors by:
- Lending significant stability to your monthly budget with community pricing that includes most expenses.
- Taking care of meal preparation and planning for you.
- Reducing your daily chore load with a well-maintained property and housekeeping services.
- Infusing your life with more joy and social support so that you feel better equipped to enhance the next chapter of your life.
If you’re worried about leaving your current home, know that many residents once shared this anxiety. Many Glenmeadow residents are surprised at how seamless the transition is and only wish that they had moved sooner. If you’re considering a move to our community that promotes healthy living for seniors, start with a free, initial consultation where we can discuss retirement on your terms.
Life At Glenmeadow
Glenmeadow has been serving residents since 1884. Glenmeadow is Life Plan Community for older adults looking to live a maintenance-free, active lifestyle with a plan in place for future care. While you are healthy, you can join the community and take advantage of the whole-person, wellness-centered programming we offer. We give families peace of mind, whether they live near or far, as we care for their loved ones. At Glenmeadow, we recognize our residents’ needs and work to meet them every day.