Did you know that residents who live in Life Plan Communities have better physical, emotional, intellectual, social and vocational wellness than seniors in the community at large? Westminster Communities of Florida is excited to share groundbreaking insights from the Mather Institute’s Age Well Study, conducted in collaboration with Northwestern University. The Age Well Study interviewed more than 8,200 residents throughout 122 Life Plan Communities around the United States.
As Florida’s leading provider of senior living communities, a Westminster Life Plan Community can be the key to unlocking a thriving and enriching aging experience. Discover the many advantages that make Life Plan Communities an ideal choice for seniors seeking a fulfilling and purposeful life.
What the study found
Beginning in 2018, the Mather Institute surveyed thousands of residents of Life Plan Communities and comparable seniors who lived outside of community settings, throughout the United States. The goal was to study the impact of the health and wellness of individuals choosing to reside at a Life Plan Community. The study found that over the last five years, the health and wellness of Life Plan Community residents compared favorably to older adults in the community at large in five of six dimensions of wellness. Life Plan Community residents were found to:
- Have significantly more healthy behaviors
- Report that the move to a Life Plan Community had “somewhat or greatly improved” their social wellness
- Have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness
- Be significantly more satisfied with life, more optimistic, and have better perceptions of aging
- Report that they were less lonely
Most importantly, they were found to be significantly more likely to report that they felt that they had purpose in their lives.
Why does choosing to live at a Life Plan Community have such an impact on overall well-being? Here are four ways that having a plan for life can make a difference.
1. Embracing an active lifestyle
Staying healthy and active is a top priority for seniors who want to live long and purposeful lives. Life Plan Communities are thoughtfully designed to support your well-being every step of the way. Wave goodbye to mundane routines and say hello to a plethora of amenities and services that promote a vibrant lifestyle. State-of-the-art fitness centers, a tailored well-being program emphasizing wellness of mind, body and spirit, and nutritious dining options empower residents to maintain an active and healthy way of life. Trust us: You’ll experience the difference for yourself, in your overall health.
2. Nurturing your mind and spirit
Finding joy and intellectual stimulation can be one of the reasons that the “Golden Years” can be among the most exciting part of your life. Our communities go above and beyond to cultivate your emotional and intellectual well-being. You’ll find robust partnerships with local colleges and universities that encourage lifelong learning,and offer classes that even meet on campus. Immerse yourself in a world of lifelong learning programs, cultural events, and creative endeavors. The tapestry of community life and the opportunity to engage in inspiring activities can contribute to your sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Get ready to ignite your passions, explore new horizons and experience new-found personal growth.
3. Cultivating lasting connections
Feel like having lunch with a friend or a debate over a cup of coffee? Residents who live at a Life Plan Community find that the days of longing for meaningful connections are gone. A Life Plan Community provides a warm and inclusive environment that fosters a sense of belonging. Imagine living with like-minded individuals who share your zeal for life and are eager to build lasting friendships. Engage in shared activities, participate in community events, and embrace the camaraderie that flourishes within these vibrant communities. Prepare to create cherished memories and forge bonds that stand the test of time.
4. Pursuing purposeful engagement
Retirement is not a time to relinquish your dreams and aspirations. In fact, Life Plan Communities empower you to pursue purposeful engagement in various endeavors. While many older adults experience a decline in vocational involvement, our communities are designed to reignite your passions. Whether it’s exploring part-time work, engaging in volunteer positions, or delving into lifelong learning programs, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your skills and expertise. Embrace the chance to remain active, stimulated, and discover a renewed sense of purpose.
These four ways that a Life Plan Community can impact your life are just some of the many reasons that your personal well-being can benefit from unlocking the vibrant lifestyle of a Life Plan Community. The Mather Institute’s Age Well Study has unveiled the remarkable benefits of these communities for older adults. From physical well-being and emotional fulfillment to intellectual stimulation and social connections, Life Plan Communities offer a harmonious blend of opportunities for a rewarding and thriving aging experience.
As an organization with a Mission of inspiring older adults to live happy, healthy and purposeful lives, we invite you to embark on this incredible journey with us. Choose a Westminster Life Plan Community and gain access to life-enhancing services at your fingertips, an exciting and interesting calendar of lifestyle opportunities every day, and a supportive environment that embraces healthy aging and personal growth.
Westminster Communities of Florida is here to help you make the most of this exciting chapter in your life. Embrace new adventures, forge lifelong friendships, and create a legacy that captures the spirit of vibrant aging.
Find the community that suits you today – and welcome home!