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Common Assisted Living Myth: Your Loved One will be Bored & Lonely

When the time comes to consider moving into an assisted living care facility, it is often a difficult decision to make due to the abundance of myths and misconceptions associated with assisted living. One of these myths suggests the idea that once you move into assisted living, you will be both bored and lonely. This is a real factor that should be considered when moving into assisted living. Where we can’t speak for every assisted living facility, at The Gables we are prepared to show you why this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. We understand the importance of both social and physical activity throughout life and have established structured routines to ensure our residents have ample opportunities to engage in both. The abundance of activities our facilities offer along with opportunities to bond and interact with staff, caregivers, and other residents help ensure our residents have the social and physical opportunities they need. Not only do the structures and values we have established here at The Gables help our residents avoid boredom and loneliness, but we aim to help them live their life to its fullest.

Assisted Living Activities

We understand that activities are an important part of our residents’ lives. By engaging in activities, both social and physical, our senior friends have a decreased chance of developing certain diseases that are often very relevant as we age. Even simple and not overly structured activities can decrease the risk of diseases like:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Premature Death

That is one reason why we have decided to structure our assisted living facilities in a way that allows our residents to fight off feelings of loneliness and boredom through the positive and active environment we create at our facilities.

Physical Activities

As we all know, during the aging process our body likes to stop cooperating with us. Whether it be achy joints or a bad knee, not all of our residents are in a prime physical condition. We understand that’s no reason to stop being active! We have discovered physical activities that are lower in maintenance and structure that can help our residents remain active while not risking hurt or injury. Some of these activities include:

  • Chair yoga
  • Mini-golf
  • Croquet
  • Bowling
  • Tai Chi

We also understand the importance of fresh air. As a result, during the warmer months of the year, we make it a priority to plan outdoor activities that will give our residents an opportunity to get out of the facility and enjoy the outdoors.

Social Activities

It’s important to have friends during every time of your life, and it’s no different for our senior friends. That’s why we make it a priority to schedule activities in and out of the facilities so that our residents have the opportunity to socialize with not only their friends at The Gables but also members of the community. Some of these activities include:

  • Bingo Nights
  • Book Clubs
  • Gardening Clubs
  • Senior Fitness Classes
  • Antique Markets and Festivals
  • Golf Courses

Assisted Living Active Lifestyle

We know there is no guarantee that our residents will never be bored or lonely. Those are normal emotions that happen to all of us, regardless of whether we live in assisted living or not. We understand how painful those emotions can be when allowed to persist for a long period of time. That’s why we choose to give our residents ample opportunity to engage in meaningful physical and social activities to help them combat feelings of boredom and loneliness. Through the meaningful relationships and entertainment that can be gained through the structure of our Gables facilities, we are prepared to help you or your loved one not only avoid boredom and loneliness but also enjoy life to its fullest. Contact us to figure out how you can join the party today!

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