Assisted Living And Retirement Communities Have Many Benefits

Relocating to a retirement community doesn’t necessarily mean your health and cognitive capacity has declined.  There are many reasons to move into an assisted living setting and there are many requests for assisted living.  Many times moving to assisted living in Vancouver or Clark County means you can retain the independence you want by adding the assistance you need.

Retirement communities can range from no assistance to much assistance and some communities offer step down levels of care to make any transitions to increased assistance easier.  Some people prefer to move on their own terms before there is a significant decline.  Others prefer to have a more enhanced support system available in a more secure environment.

Being in a retirement community can mean more freedom and feeling safer.  Studies show that residents in a secure community tend to walk more, which is beneficial physically, mentally and emotionally.  One women’s study found that walking about two hours a week increases the likelihood of healthy aging by about 15 to 20 percent compared to women who did not exercise.  The study went on to discuss other benefits of walking which includes positively affecting memory, weight, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, benign breast disease, colon polyps, colon cancer, and mood.  Research also shows that retirement community residents live longer, healthier and generally more active lives.

Of course, there are other benefits to residing in a retirement community. And, with our population aging, it’s fortunate we have a variety of senior housing options, including assisted living, in Vancouver and Clark County.  A retirement community could be the perfect solution for you or a loved one.  If you think you’d like to begin your search, we can help.

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