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Why Single Seniors Thrive In Senior Living Communities

Did you know that roughly 28% of seniors above the age of 65 in the country are single? If you or a loved one is a senior single, it’s natural to work on building a vibrant social lifestyle to enjoy in retirement. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why more seniors are moving to senior living communities. There are myriad benefits that independent living communities have for single seniors. From enjoying morning exercise classes to meeting new neighbors who share your passions, we’re going to explore why single seniors are thriving in senior living communities. 

seniors socializing together while smiling and having fun

Finding Fellowship and Meaningful Social Connections 

It’s important to have plenty of social connections in retirement. Research has shown that regular social connections result in a variety of health benefits, including lowering the risk of depression and development of memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. While it’s common for some single seniors to be a little apprehensive about making a big life transition, senior living communities are filled with welcoming people ready to help you feel at home. 

An easy way to think of an independent living community if you’re a single senior is that it’s like a college campus. There are plenty of people to meet as you build a strong foundation for your social well-being. Instead of having to arrange trips to meet friends when you’re living somewhere other than in a senior living community, many of your social connections will be right outside your door. Plus, these social connections aren’t  limited to other residents. Every community has friendly staff members who are always happy to join in on many group activities. 

Explore Dating Opportunities 

If you’re a single senior, the prospect of dating can be intimidating. After all, it’s challenging to find someone your own age who  shares some of your interests. If you or your loved one is looking for a compatible partner, making the transition to a senior living community can help. From exercise classes to sharing meals with neighbors, there are a variety of ways to put yourself back out into the dating world at an independent living community. By going to activities you enjoy, you’ll have an organic way to meet new people without any of the pressure. 

By starting out meeting new people at the various events and activities of a senior living community, you’ll be able to get to know prospective partners in a group setting. It’s a great way to eliminate some of the awkwardness that comes up in the early stages of the dating process. 

senior lady sitting on a bench with her dog

A Maintenance-Free Lifestyle 

When you’re a single older adult, it’s often difficult to find time to date or follow your passions when you have to stay on top of all the responsibilities of home maintenance. By moving to an independent living community, you won’t have to worry about taking care of your lawn or cleaning the inside of your home. And most senior living communities have in-house chefs who prepare fresh meals daily. With cooking and cleaning taken care of, you’ll have more time to meet other residents, pursue your hobbies and explore the local area. 

Apartment Living 

Senior living communities have numerous accommodating floor plans for single seniors looking for a more engaging lifestyle in retirement. Many offer studio and one-bedroom apartments that are perfect for a single person. Once you factor in the cost of utilities, home maintenance and yard care, you’ll be surprised at how well the cost of senior living compares to your current lifestyle. Plus, by downsizing into a senior living apartment, you’ll have the opportunity to get rid of some clutter that’s been taking up space inside your current home. 

Discover Premier Senior Living Near You 

If you’re a single senior looking to make the most of your retirement years, The Ridge Senior Living can help. From a wide variety of life enrichment activities to meeting new people, we’re committed to creating senior living communities that help you flourish in retirement. Every Ridge Senior Living community is designed to reflect the best of the local surroundings. To discover how you can enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle, contact our team today