What’s the secret to living life to the fullest at age 89?
Two calendars, one on the dining room table and one in the bedroom. “I don’t want to miss anything,” says Jo, 89, an apartment resident at Twin Lakes senior living community in Montgomery.Jo moved into an apartment at Twin Lakes in 2006, a year after her husband of 58 years passed away. She was encouraged by her children to make a move into the senior living community. They liked the safety and security of the community atmosphere. They liked the people. They knew she would thrive there.
If you stopped by Jo’s apartment to say hello, you probably wouldn’t find her there. At age 89, she’s rarely ever home. Even her six children say it’s difficult to get ahold of mom. She’s busy. She’s having fun.
She participates in aquatic classes nearly every day at The Connection at Twin Lakes, volunteers by sewing pillowcase dresses for needy children, arranges bouquets of flowers around campus, helps out at community festivals, plays Mahjong regularly, takes group trips – and is at just about everything else on the activities calendar.
One place you won’t find Jo very often is in her apartment. While it’s beautiful and spacious, she can’t wait to head out that door each day. She’s got the key to living life to the fullest. And she’s not going to miss a minute of it.
Living Well in Retirement
Retirement should be a time to engage in life. At Twin Lakes, we focus on the whole-person approach to living well. It’s not just about physical wellness; it’s a state of mind and way of life. It’s an intentional way of living committed to growing, learning and living well that can make retirement the most rewarding time of your life.
In fact, the world’s healthiest people, researched back in 2004, were found to have similar lifestyles. Particularly, they were active, socialized regularly and lived life with purpose. Just like Jo, they have found the key to living life to the fullest.
10 Fun Things to Fulfill Your Senior Life
Fight off restlessness, boredom and even depression by filling your calendar with fun things to do in retirement. Check out these 10 activities to help you get started.
- Exercise your brain by taking a class at a local college, community center, senior living community or online. By stimulating your mind, you can ward off memory loss, shave years off your mental age and have lots of fun.
- Exercise your body. Sign up for some weekly physical activity. It’s a great way to stay healthy, have fun and meet new people. Try The Connection at Twin Lakes. It’s open to the public, ages 50+.
- Join a book club or create a book list of books that interest you, both fictional and nonfictional. Read or listen your way through the list.
- Record your past experiences. This could be through journaling, writing letters to family, writing and sharing stories with family or scrapbooking. Research shows people who reminisce have enhanced emotional health and are less likely to be lonely or withdrawn.
- Join a club that appeals to something you’re interested in or something you’ve always wanted to do.
- Learn a new skill. Sign up for an art course, music lesson, cooking class or computer course. Spark your creativity and engage your mind!
- Take a road trip. It doesn’t need to be long and expensive. A day trip to a new site in your area can be just as intriguing and fun.
- This is a great way to meet new people, stay active physically and mentally and fulfill your sense of giving back to society.
- Socialize, socialize and socialize some more. Visit friends, go to a party, date or attend an event at a local senior community. Studies show people who socialize are healthier and have much lower levels of cognitive decline than those who are less socially active.
- Check out a senior living community. A senior living community for active adults, such as Twin Lakes, encourages involvement, learning, exercise and more to make it easy to find fulfillment in everyday life.
See what living at Twin Lakes Senior Living Community in Montgomery, near Cincinnati, is all about. Call today at 513-247-1300 or contact Twin Lakes online to schedule your tour. See the homes, tour the community and meet the residents. We can’t wait to meet you!