One of our recent active senior living community outings for Manse residents was a visit to one of our many wonderful vineyards and tasting rooms, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. As we enjoyed beautiful weather, the vineyard’s stunning peacock population, and sampled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we shared stories of our lives, and learned that Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards was a business Dick and Dolores Kelsey started growing grapes in their “retirement” years. While their family helps oversee the operations today, retirees Dick and Dolores are still actively involved in the business.
The Manse on Marsh offers numerous active senior living opportunities for residents. Studies have shown that active senior living offers measurable mental and physical health benefits, including:
1. New friendships: The social aspect inherent in a tight knit community of retirees is extremely important during retirement years. Active senior living communities allow retirees to get together with fellow residents, be social and forge new and lasting friendships.
2. Defense against mental decline: Following retirement, losing out on the life-long social networks that a career usually provides can lead to mental problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When the brain is not engaged in social interaction, there’s a good chance that sharpness and mental acuity go away. Studies show that physical activity may help seniors lower the amount of cognitive decline they experience as they age.
3. Longer life expectancy: According to the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging, a group of friends is more likely to increase a senior’s life expectancy more than close relationships with family. This isn’t to say that family isn’t important – rather support networks of any kind matter. This type of support network occurs naturally at senior living communities like The Manse On Marsh.
4. Social support: The reasons for this increased longevity are speculated upon by the study’s authors. They hypothesize that friends encourage each other to take care of themselves and push their friends to go to the doctor sooner to prevent serious diseases from developing. They also are there to provide a shoulder when someone loses a loved one.
5. Physical health benefits: For retirees, regular exercise is crucial for living long, healthy and comfortable lives. By staying physically active a retiree can prevent degeneration of muscles, bones and other vital tissues.
6. Improved personal safety: Retirees benefit from organized activities that are supervised by trained professionals so you reduce the risk of injuring yourself doing these exercises. Engaging in these activities strengthens your heart, lungs and muscular system.
7. Pride: Seniors also benefit from trying out new things, which is good for the spirit. Accomplishing a new feat, such as learning a new dance step or achieving a personal best powerwalking time, provides a sense of achievement that benefits body, mind, heart, and soul.
At The Manse On Marsh, we like to refer to active senior living as living, vibrantly. Contact us today to arrange your personal tour of our independent and assisted living community in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. We look forward to meeting you!