When loved ones age, their social circumstances may change, but embracing those changes and finding new ways to socialise is the best option. To stay happy healthy and fit, having an active social life is highly recommended. An active social life while in retirement living is so easy and can help avoid feelings of loneliness, which can be detrimental to both their mental health and physical health.
Here are the other benefits of an active social life while enjoying retirement living at Village Glen in Capel Sound in the centre of the Mornington Peninsula.
Stronger cognitive health
People by nature are social beings and that is one of the things that is constant with age. In fact, the need for social interactions tends to increase as one gets older. Regular social interactions and a strong social connection with friends and family can improve one’s mental health and can help prevent dementia. This can be attributed to how socialisation keeps the brain active and focused, thus improving cognitive function.
Improving physical health
Aside from feeling mentally healthy, elderly people who socialise regularly tend to feel physically invigorated as well. Their strong social network and the feeling of belongingness positively affects their physical well-being and can even strengthen their immune system.
Brightens mood and emotional health
Being surrounded by friends and family can have a significant effect on one’s emotional health and improve one’s sense of well-being. Building friendships and taking part in new hobbies or endeavours with new people also strengthen a sense of community and companionship.
Ageing need not pose a challenge to finding new friends and companions. Seniors in retirement living will find endless programs designed for them, where they can connect with people who have similar interests and circumstances.
At Village Glen, whether you enjoy socialising over a coffee at the Clubhouse, or while playing a game of golf or maybe you prefer to spend time with friends while quilting or doing an arts and crafts class, there are endless options to have fun with friends.
Are you looking for a beautiful retirement option to enjoy among friends? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer home care services and have aged care facilities across the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.
There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a pet. It’s no wonder that nearly 62 per cent of Australian households own pets. And while everyone enjoys pets regardless of age, our residents can benefit greatly from owning a pet. Numerous studies have shown that having a pet companion improves overall health and wellness, from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of depression.
Here are some other great benefits of having your own furry friend.
They provide unconditional love.
One of the best things about pets is that they provide unconditional love. For those living alone, owning a pet can help prevent feelings of social isolation or depression. Before choosing a pet, make sure to consider the pet’s age and demeanour. Generally, pets with relaxed temperaments align well with your lifestyle and energy levels.
They help keep you active.
Staying active in retirement can be challenging but having a pet keeps you on your toes. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with owning a pet, such as taking them for a walk or feeding them.
They provide emotional support.
Our everyday lives are full of stressors but research shows that people with pets are less stressed than people without pets. In fact, just touching a pet can calm you down, which makes them an instant source of emotional support when you need it.
They can help you socialise.
Having a pet allows you to interact with other people, especially fellow pet owners. There are also numerous pet clubs and meet-ups you can join to find people with similar interests.
They help you gain purpose.
Some seniors may struggle to find a sense of fulfilment that their careers once gave them. Taking care of a pet provides a new sense of responsibility and usefulness, which can improve self-confidence.
Getting a pet: what to consider
Before you adopt your new four-legged friend, make sure you can commit to the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Carefully consider your energy level, experience with owning pets, health issues and your residence’s pet policy. lmportantly, if you already Iive in a retirement village, you will need to check the pet policy to see what you can and cannot do.
You should also look for a pet that fits your lifestyle. For instance, younger pets may be irresistibly cute but they are also very active and require lots of attention and exercise. In addition, cats are more self-sufficient than dogs who might require walks every day.
Living with your pet at Village Glen
Village Glen is of the premier retirement villages in Mornington Peninsula, offering pet-friendly living options for residents. If you would like to know more about our retirement homes, please contact us today.
Visiting grandparents often in an aged care home offers a lot of benefits not only to their physical and emotional health, but also to yours. Regular visits make your loved one’s happy as well as keeping them mentally sharp and improves the quality of their life. Grandparents are often your pillars of stability, fun and wisdom.
Keep in mind these benefits of visiting grandparents.
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It’s that time of the year again when the outdoors beckon. Spending time outdoors is beneficial for all ages. It gives us that much-needed vitamin D, helps us stay active and lessens the risk of depression. Just making the trip to go for a regular walk can do wonders for your health. And if you live in one of the retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula, the opportunities for some outdoor fun are practically endless.
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We’re sure you’re probably looking forward to a happy retirement. It marks the end of a long, fulfilling career and is rewarding for all your hard work over the years. For many, retirement is a time to enjoy life and relax, but some view retirement as a monotonous lifestyle. It’s perfectly normal to have apprehensions, but it can be very exciting. Planning for your retirement is as exciting as moving to a new home! Here are ten reasons you will love about retirement.
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