We know that loneliness and inactivity are some of the main problems of the older years. People find that after a lifetime of working and managing busy lives; retirement can seem empty and lonely. The mental and physical health of people, particularly older people, tends to decline in the absence of meaningful social interaction and regular physical activity. A research by Harvard School of Public Health has determined that elders who have an active social life have a slower rate of memory decline. This is in fact one of the reasons why moving to an assisted living home has such a positive impact on the lives of seniors. Where living alone can lead to isolation, feelings of depression and even physical ailments, living in an assisted living community can be enjoyable, meaningful and healthy.
Since the recreational and other activities that an assisted living home organizes for its residents are such an important aspect of assisted living, it is recommended that you meet the assisted living activity director of a facility. This will give you a good sense of how enthusiastic and involved they are in the community and tell you about their level of dedication to helping residents enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful life. How energetic and cheerful the activity director is, will help you gauge how interesting and enjoyable your life will be if you’re planning to move. It also helps make an assessment for a loved one if you’re examining different assisted care options on behalf of a parent or other older person. Here are some of the questions to ask the assisted living activity director: