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How Senior Living Communities Can Help Combat Depression

December 31, 2014

Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming about the day we can finally retire, and spend our days doing what we want—instead of what we have to do. Even if you enjoy your profession, most people work primarily to provide for their family and to fulfill financial needs. This is why it comes as a shock to many seniors and their family members when retirement leads to depression—particularly when mobility begins to decline. Believe it or not, an excellent way to combat depression as you age is to move into senior housing or an independent senior living community. Below are a few benefits to senior living that can oftentimes turn your depression around.

 

Independence with Support

A common misconception about senior living communities is that moving into senior housing sacrifices independence—however, this could not be farther from the truth. Depending on your wants and needs, you can select a house, apartment or condo that is 100 percent independent, but also allows you to be in a secure environment designed with seniors in mind. You can also select senior living communities that provide additional support, such as house cleaning, laundry services, daily meals, assistance with showering or daily medication reminders. This helps to combat depression by giving you access to the weekly and daily support you require, without feeling like a burden to friend or family. Many retirement living residents at Concordia are totally independent, but receive help from home care aides.

Daily Outings and Activities

Even if you select a senior living community where you are 100 percent independent, you will have access to daily outings and activities. Staying active can help to combat depression by providing you with something to do each and every day. Each senior housing community is different, but some common outings and activities you can expect include:

  • Groups for seniors with shared interests and hobbies—book club, crafts, religious, etc.
  • Trips to the local mall, grocery shopping, and shopping centers.
  • Trips to entertainment such as movies, sporting events or local community events.
  • In-house events for birthdays, holidays, and group celebrations.

A Group of Peers

Another challenge that comes with aging is that as our friends and family age, we may lose some of our loved ones. Losing your spouse, siblings, and friends may leave you feeling socially disconnected and depressed. By moving into a senior living community, you will be surrounded with other seniors who face the same challenges that come with aging—and who are also in need of companionship.

For over 130 years, Concordia Lutheran Ministries has provided thousands of seniors with an exceptional level of care and comfort, helping them accomplish their retirement goals and stay active within their community.   At Concordia, we aim to provide a wide range of services to suit almost any senior care need. Our highly qualified, dependable staff work to provide the most comfortable and friendly community for our residents. If you or a loved one find themselves battling depression as they age, contact Concordia today to learn more about the benefits of our senior living facilities.

8 comments

  • Comment Link Annika Larson posted by Annika Larson on Aug 9, 2017 12:40 AM

    My father recently passed away, and we are thinking of moving my mother to a senior assisted apartment. We are hoping this will provide her with the care and communitive support she needs to be happy. Like you said, senior communities often offer outings and activities that can help you stay active and combat depression. We'll have to look for that.

  • Comment Link Jason posted by Jason on Apr 3, 2017 5:49 AM

    Thank you for the important article. I have a neighbor he is around 75, most of the time I notice that he feels lonely. Definitely I will meet him and share your tips.

  • Comment Link Lillian Schaeffer posted by Lillian Schaeffer on Dec 12, 2016 7:19 PM

    It's interesting that you pointed out that senior living communities don't take a way a person's independence. My mother is getting older, and I worry about her continuing to live at home by herself, but she doesn't want to move out and lose her independence. I imagine that knowing that she'll retain her self-reliance would comfort her, so I'll talk to her about that when I mention moving to an assisted living facility.

  • Comment Link Jeremy posted by Jeremy on Oct 16, 2015 7:30 PM

    I LOVE this article! My grandmother had been developing dementia over a period of a few years and was also becoming more and more depressed, especially after my grandfather passed. She would just sit around all day and be confused, which contributed to her depression. I can't imagine what that's like to have to go through. But, we made the decision to place her in a senior facility and it was the best thing we could have done. There are other dementia patients living there in a separate area and just the fact that she's around to other people her age I think is a great thing for her. She definitely seems much happier now.

  • Comment Link Casey Jones posted by Casey Jones on Sep 17, 2015 3:50 PM

    I love that you mentioned living in senior housing can help battle depression. In my experience, you are very right. I'm not a senior, but a young adult. I've found that living in student housing with similar aged people helps me to be happier. It is nice being surrounded by your peers and being able to have relationships with others.

  • Comment Link Fred Summers posted by Fred Summers on Jul 15, 2015 2:43 PM

    I think the big thing is that with seniors you lose a lot of the socialization you once had. I think that the idea of independence with support is great. It is so important to still feel like you have a purpose and you still are capable. Everyone wants those things and a place where that can happen is going to be great.

  • Comment Link Callie Marie posted by Callie Marie on Jun 25, 2015 10:54 PM

    Thanks for the great article about assisted living communities. My grandma lives near by, so I have been checking in on her often, but I'm worried she is lonely living on her own. I think making friends her age and having opportunities for social interaction would be good for her. Maybe I can take her to see some of the communities in our area soon.

  • Comment Link Jamarcus D posted by Jamarcus D on May 29, 2015 2:10 PM

    My dad is getting to the point where it's difficult for him to do certain day to day activities. We want to provide him with the best care we can. We like the idea that in a retirement home he'll have different things to keep him busy, like you said, because he likes to be active. We'll be sure to keep that in mind as we research more.

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