Going Solo in a Retirement Community
The not-so-secret benefits of community living when you’re on your own.
Many people assume retirement communities are built for couples. But you may be surprised to learn that nearly half of the residents at Edgewood Retirement Community are either widowed, divorced or single-by-choice. If this describes you, we invite you to consider your options and find out how living in a community like Edgewood could help you live a longer, healthier, happier life.
According to Pew Research, almost 19 million Americans over age 60 live alone. This fact has led to volumes of research studying the effects of social isolation and loneliness, both of which are risk factors for conditions such as a weakened immune system, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
But the news is not all bad. Research cited by the National Institute on Aging has also shown that “people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose. These activities seem to help maintain their well-being and may improve their cognitive function.”
Those are some pretty compelling findings. So, let’s take a look at just some of the benefits you can expect.
New friends around every corner. You’ll find a diverse group of people who share similar generational experiences and are interested in making new friends. Plus, a full calendar of activities can keep you as busy and involved as you want to be while also introducing you to people with similar interests.
All the privacy you want, when you want it. With your own personal residence, you can enjoy solitude whenever you choose. And while there are always interesting things to do, at Edgewood, you’ll never be forced to do anything.
A built-in network of support. At Edgewood, there’s always a helping hand when you need one. Whether it’s a friend to talk to, a nurse to check on you when you’re under the weather (and a chef to send you soup), a maintenance person to change a lightbulb, or a personal trainer to help you stay fit, you’ll have an entire team of people looking out for you.
Financial predictability and peace of mind. LifeCare communities like Edgewood provide financial predictability and priceless peace of mind in knowing that, as your needs change, you’ll be able to receive the assistance and care you need right on our campus. Your family and friends will never be faced with having to find care or a place in a community during a crisis situation.
Take advantage of a great value. People living solo in a retirement community often find that a one-bedroom home delivers a lot of bang for the buck. That’s because you’ll have full access to everything the community has to offer — from services that make your life easier and more convenient, to an array of amenities that are all included in your monthly fee. Plus, when you add spaces such as community living areas and dining venues, game rooms, classrooms, an art studio and gallery, computer lab, library, and outdoor amenities, you’ll find that your home is much more than the square footage of your apartment.
A home for your furry friend, too. Research has clearly demonstrated the health benefits of having a pet, and Edgewood welcomes your furry, feathered or finned friends to join you.
There’s so much more to community life than we could describe here, so we invite you to discover Edgewood, the Merrimack Valley’s only LifeCare Community, and see how our community can add more life to your years.
To see available floor plans and learn about an exciting incentive, give us a call or go to EdgewoodRC.com.
Edgewood Retirement Community
575 Osgood St.