Living Life Fully in Independent Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 10 October 2012

A thriving independent living community offers residents opportunities for growth, learning, health and social engagement. Local or long-distance travel possibilities. Exploration of the arts, science, literature, and history on the community grounds or in area museums, colleges or other higher education institutions. A dedicated space for religious and spiritual activities. Physical fitness options. A place where residents can do meaningful work, or just have fun. These communities embrace a holistic view of wellness.

Maybe such places sound too good to be true. Maybe you think it’s too much to ask of a provider that these offerings be available in independent living. The great thing is, providers don’t have to take all the responsibility for furnishing these opportunities.

In fact, many of the communities with dynamic, successful wellness programs benefit from the active participation of residents. Not only are the residents excited about participating in activities and events, they are also leading the way in getting these programs up and running, assisting with planning, coordinating and scheduling. They are arranging trips to local museums and contacting speakers to give presentations at the community. They are leading Bible studies or church services, and holding mass or presiding over communion. They are teaching art classes. They are forming groups for carpenters and tinkerers. Because of their rich life experiences, they are able to create their own opportunities for continued fulfillment and can live life more fully in independent living.

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There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Great article. I have been working with two retirement homes to provide them with a Cyber-Seniors Program. Teenaged mentors teaching the seniors how to use the Internet. Check out the Cyber-Senior Corner (www.Youtube.com/cyberseniorscorner) if you want to see some dynamic seniors. This program is also the subject of a Documentary Film (www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com) You will want to see it – to be released next year.


    on 11 October 2012 / 5:19 PM

  2. Thank you, Brenda! Wow, sounds like an excellent program! Congratulations also on it being chosen for a documentary film. I definitely want to see that when it comes out! Thanks for telling us about your wonderful work. Keep us posted on the film release!


    on 12 October 2012 / 7:36 AM

  3. Jeff W. says,

    Thanks for the link to the film Brenda. I haven’t seen anything about seniors and teens but I’ve seen a few articles about seniors reading to elementary kids. They both love it and gain fresh perspectives. I think there’s a program in Texas or Oklahoma that has been very active.


    on 23 October 2012 / 3:23 PM

  4. Thanks for adding your comments, Jeff W.!


    on 23 October 2012 / 3:28 PM


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