Retirement Living: The Advantages of Relocating to a Retirement Community Posted by Leslie Newlife in Assisted Living, Independent Living, Care Homes on 07 Feb 2017 One of the biggest decisions a person will make in their later years is when and if they should move from their home and into a retirement community. This is an emotionally charged decision. For many people, the idea of selling their home and moving to a retirement or independent living community brings up the following issues: Letting go of their family home. This is the home they have worked hard for, and perhaps where they have raised their children. The idea of leaving it behind will no doubt bring up powerful emotions and often resistance. A feeling of giving up independence and freedom. Feelings of vulnerability or fear of the future. What are the Benefits of Moving to a Retirement Community? The key word here is community. Today's retirement community is a thriving, active space with everything you need at your doorstep. Services, friends, amenities, enrichment and stimulation are all right there. Seniors and Isolation For many people in their senior years, physical health isn't the only major challenge. Mental health is a big problem for those who may have lost much of their social circle, and have family members who are not as available as they would like. Loneliness and isolation can create debilitating depression. Lack of social interaction can result in a decline in cognitive function. People need stimulation, activity and social interaction in order to stay healthy and thrive. Without it, not only does mental and emotional health suffer, but physical health suffers as well. This is often why a person's health tends to decline after the death of their spouse. Moving to a community designed for seniors means an end to isolation. It means that social activities, continued learning, physical health and fitness and much more are far more accessible than they were before. It also means increased security. Senior living communities have 24-hour security, maintenance and medical services. This is a huge relief for those who have been struggling with feelings of vulnerability and concerns for safety as they've become older. The bottom line is that while living independently in the home is often held on to, it may not be the healthiest choice. Quality of life can decline rapidly when there is a lack of social connection and activity. While making the move to a senior living community can not only improve physical health and safety but also result in lowered stress, improved cognitive function and increased emotional well-being. When Should This Move Take Place? This is a personal decision and each situation is different. Some people are eager to move on after retirement into a community where the living is easier and the amenities are closer. Some people prefer to wait until there is a greater need. Remember, though, that isolation and depression is something that can sneak up on a person without their awareness. And, it's always a good idea to open up the dialogue early on, so that it is something everyone is comfortable discussing.