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BY MICHELLE LENNON Director of Marketing Outreach
Senior Social Challenges
“There are physical benefits, too,” says Monte. “Our full-service dining means residents have access to a nutri- tionally balanced diet in the company of friends. And some of our most popular activities involve health and fitness. From chair aerobics to yoga, the popular supervised classes can help lessen
the risk of a variety of chronic health problems. We believe it’s not just about living longer, but living well.”
NorthPointe Woods is located at 700 North Avenue in Battle Creek. For more information or to schedule a visit, indi- viduals may call (269) 964-7625 or go to www.northpointewoods.org.
Where You Live Could Help You Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life
Research suggests, year after year, that something as simple as more social opportunities can support longevity and a more rewarding life – especially for seniors. When families weigh the costs and benefits, they may find a move to a senior lifestyle community offers that
– and more. We talked to an executive director at a local retirement community for his take on the subject.
“Reaching retirement age often means less contact with work colleagues, friends, and family. The loss of social contacts has a direct impact on mental and physical well-being,” says NorthPointe Woods Executive Director, Ron Monte.
relationship between positive social inter- action and living a full and fulfilling life.”
Look at recent studies, and you’ll see Monte’s point. Studies note that cogni- tive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections compared to those who had little social contact with others.
best – from independent living to assist- ed living apartment homes, along with all the services and amenities seniors
are looking for today. Plus, should they need additional care, NorthPointe Woods is the only senior living community in Calhoun County to provide access to
The good news is taking advantage of chances to meet new people and develop- ing new relationships have been shown in studies to reduce stress, ward off anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of some physical health concerns. Seniors who choose to live in their home have options, too. Engagement in local senior centers, faith organizations, and volunteer pursuits keep them occupied, but a com- mon problem crops up: older adults often feel less comfortable driving or leaving their neighborhood, so those interactions become increasingly difficult.
In summary, Monte says, “People are drawn to our community because they can choose the lifestyle that suits them
Life Care Services, NorthPointe Woods’ management partner, was recent- ly ranked Highest in Resident Satisfac- tion among Senior Living Communities in the J.D. Power 2019 Senior Living Satisfaction Study. Best of all, this honor comes from the people who matter most: Residents, their family members, and friends rated Life Care Services commu- nities #1 in all seven study factors.
Senior Social Benefits
a full continuum of care – right on our community’s campus.”
Senior Social Opportunities
“No matter how you look at it, senior living communities provide opportuni- ties for spending time around other people, including exercise classes, meals, and a variety of activities,” says Monte. “For example, at NorthPointe Woods, we offer a full calendar of activ- ities – especially in the arts, from paint- ing to music. We also host educational lectures and outings with transportation to outside venues.”
It’s arguably safe to say that North- Pointe Woods offers so many social ac- tivities not because it’s just more fun and rewarding for residents, but also because it reaps rewards. Experts suggest that certain types of social interactions can affect cognitive health.
According to Monte, “We’ve seen
the consequences. Memory and longevity vs. stress and isolation. It’s clear in prac- tice, but research backs it up. There’s a
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