Loneliness and social isolation can be two unwelcome companions for individuals as they grow older. There are many factors that can increase the likelihood of experiencing one or the other.
Although living alone does not mean a person is lonely, it can contribute to a higher risk. Those who no longer drive and live where transportation options are few may also find themselves becoming isolated.
Living with one or more chronic conditions or mobility issues can impact the ability to interact with others or remain socially active. And as the years pass, we may also experience the loss of close friends or family.
So where can you turn for support in remaining active and engaged?
Senior living communities provide accessible residences, activities and fitness opportunities. But when older adults consider this option, they may wonder if this would be a good fit and if new friendships might be possible.
At a Tenfold Senior Living Community, the answer is yes.
Vicki Jung was once where you or a loved one might be today. But read about how her life changed when she began to find friendships and create a life that could once again be celebrated.
We Share a Resident’s Journey of Belonging at a Tenfold Senior Living Community
After her husband died, Vicki knew her life would never be the same. But while continuing to live in the beautiful home they had shared together, the long evenings in winter contributed to feelings of sadness and depression.
“I felt like my brain was starting to slow down,” Vicki said. “Even my children noticed that I was becoming more isolated. I knew it was time for me to do something. I loved my home and my neighbors, but I needed more in my life.”
Choosing a Tenfold Senior Living Community, Vicki was quickly relieved to discover how easy it was going to be to feel right at home. As soon as she arrived, she met people who made her feel welcome. “I knew then that I could do this. I was already connecting and could make a new life for myself here.”
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Yes, You Can Take the Memories with You
A common hesitancy for Vicki and other residents is leaving the family home that holds so many memories. “But then I reminded myself that I held those memories, not the house,” Vicki said, “and I could take them with me.”
Vicki saw the opportunity to share this wisdom with her daughter, who also worried that letting go of the family home would mean losing her own memories. “I told her, you won’t lose them because they are really kept in your heart – where they belong,” Vicki said.
Make New Memories at a Tenfold Senior Living Community
There were other features beyond the friendliness and warm welcome Vicki received. “Everyone seemed so happy here. They were all so generous with their time and it encouraged me to join in and get involved,” said Vicki.
Vicky quickly discovered one of her favorite activities – which is participating in the Blooms and Blossoms flower arranging group. She loves flowers and enjoys the conversations with the other women as they each create their own designs. “There’s such camaraderie, it really makes me feel as if I belong.”
Along with her socially active lifestyle, Vicki believes she has become healthier as well. “I attend exercise and balance fitness classes. Everything here is at your own pace and you are free to come and go as you like.”
“Once you’re part of a community, your confidence soars and you say to yourself “I can do this” for whatever you might decide to try. I now have a schedule and I create my itinerary every day,” Vicki said. “It gives me purpose – and that’s what life is all about.”
Vicki has only been a Tenfold Senior Living resident for a few months but the change has been significant. “I’m so happy because I can be around others now. I can interact with the residents in activities or have meals with them. I never have to be alone if I don’t want to be.”
Advice for Future Residents at a Tenfold Senior Living Community
Vicki’s advice to prospective residents considering a Tenfold community? “You can’t just sit alone and feel lonely. This is your chance to make a new life for yourself. There’s still a lot of living left,” Vicki said. “I was lonely but now I step out the door and there is so much to do.” And after a full day of activities, Vicki retreats back to her home to read or write down her stories and memories that will be made into a book for her children and grandchildren.
“If you move here, you won’t regret it,” Vicki said. “It was one of the best decisions I ever made. And if I’m asked what you should do with all of those memories you already created, I say bring them with you.”
Discover Life at Tenfold’s Bruceville Point
We created Bruceville Point to support our residents to live their best lives possible. Our community’s design, residences, activities and amenities are all focused on helping to connect, engage and create an enriched life.
If you’re searching for senior living that is different from the rest, we hope you will consider Tenfold’s Bruceville Point. Contact us to speak to an advisor, or schedule your tour of Bruceville Point today to experience senior living and our community for yourself.
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