Throughout our lives we don’t base our happiness on rudimentary things like if we’re getting enough food and water, and if we have clothing and shelter. While ultimately this might be the best yardstick of happiness, it’s not how humans think or work. Much of our lives are spent building the lifestyle we want to lead – which includes choosing the friends we want to spend our time with, choosing our career, choosing our hobbies, and decorating our homes and environments in a way that is pleasing to us.
So, why should this stop when it’s time to move into an assisted living community? Part of the reason why so many seniors are averse to moving out of their homes and into an assisted living community is because they believe they will have to give up “who they are.” That their independence will be taken away, and they will not be able to lead the life they have spent all of their time creating.
That’s why the rise of niche assisted living communities is gaining in popularity and is being hailed by seniors. When you take an interest and build a community out of that interest, you have a natural aligning of people who are likely to become friends, which seniors can count on to benefit them socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Some of these niches revolve around the following hobbies, interests and professions:
- Classic cars
- Lifelong learning
- NFL players
- Postal Workers
What’s really at work here is that seniors want increased quality of life, increased independence, and satisfaction from pursuits they enjoy. What are some of the factors involved in a high quality of life?
- Absence of anxiety and stress – emotional well-being
- Participating in enjoyable activities
- Having close interpersonal relationships
- Intimacy – both body image and sexuality
- Absence of physical discomfort
- Ability to participate in all of these activities
If you are a senior and you’re interested in finding out about in-home caregivers in Midlothian, or about Alzheimer care in Midlothian, you can contact the Always Best Care Richmond South office at 804-912-5688 to set up a free consultation. Discover why Always Best Care has been the most highly-respected in-home caregiver in the industry since 1996.