New research shows that a higher body mass index, or BMI, increases the risk of death for seniors, even though in years past, obesity among the 65+ demographic was thought to extend one’s lifespan, per this HuffPost50 article. The study results may not be all that surprising though, as most health experts stress the importance of an active lifestyle during the retirement years — a tenet reflected in many of today’s independent living community settings.
Generally, healthy seniors are active seniors, and the more opportunities they have to stay physically fit, intellectually nurtured, and socially engaged, the better. To that end, most independent living communities offer residents the use of indoor and outdoor pools, cutting-edge fitness centers with modern equipment, walking paths, bike trails, and perhaps even a small golf course or tennis courts. Wellness classes and a busy activities calendar are also typical of retirement living communities, though some residents choose to participate in their own activities (or stay involved in volunteer/social commitments they had prior to move-in). Read more about the opportunities available in this senior housing category here:
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