Assisted Living in Spanish Fort AL: How Socialization Keeps Seniors Active and Independent

 There are so many great benefits that your loved one can receive when they join an assisted living facility.  While many families worry that their loved one will miss their homes, will not see their family as much, and that it will be difficult for their loved one to give up the freedom that they are used to.  An assisted living facility can provide the independence, and activity that your senior needs in order to live a healthy live. Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

One of the best benefits that your loved one can receive by living in an assisted living facility is that they will be allowed to socialize.  It can be really difficult for anyone to sit around alone all day without talking to any of their friends, or family members.  Your loved one may soon become depressed, and not have the health that they need.  Here are some of the great benefits that your loved one can receive with socialization through assisted living.

  •  Add Years to Life

There are many studies that have been done that say that having a social life that is active is able to add on years to your loved ones life.  This is because of all the benefits that have been attached to socialization including less stress, the ability to feel more importance, and an increase in your loved ones self-esteem.

It can often be difficult for your senior to have the socialization that they need. They may have difficulty moving around, their family has moved away, and they may not have the interest.  Having them involved in a community like an assisted living facility is a great way for them to get out, and meet new people and have fun with different activities.

  • Find New Friends

Socialization is a great way for your loved one to meet new friends who will have a lot of the same interests as them.  There are often a lot of different activities that your loved one can choose from such as dance classes, sewing circles, and even crafts.  Your loved one can choose the activities that interest them the most, and then meet new friends who like the same things.

  •  Socialization for Exercise 

Recently, there has been a study done at Harvard University that has shown that socialization can often have the same amount of benefits for your loved one as doing regular exercise.  This can be anything from doing activities at the assisted living facility to having a volunteer job, as long as it allows your senior to get out of their room and socialize with other people.  These types of socialization can help your loved one feel like they are helping out other people, and are needed.

No matter what kind of activity your loved one decides to participate in, the assisted living facility that they live in can help them participate in it, meet new friends, and have a much more satisfactory life compared to just sitting around in their rooms alone all day.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Spanish Fort AL,  at 251-317-3017. 

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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