For older adults who live north of the Panhandle, winter can be a tough time of year. The cold temperatures and icy conditions make something as simple as a trip to the mailbox treacherous. As a result, many seniors become isolated in winter. Their activity level falls, which affects their physical and mental health.
Fortunately, Houstonians don’t get snowed in during winter as a rule. Which is why most of us don’t have a snow shovel in the garage. Nevertheless, now might be a good time to further explore your senior living options. Here are just a few reasons why you should move before freezing temperatures and gray skies lead to a case of the winter blues.
1. Stay active all winter long.
When the temperature drops and the north wind blows, outdoor activities you enjoy during warmer months tend to fall by the wayside. No one wants to play golf when it’s freezing or go for a walk when it’s slippery and wet. But at a senior living community, you can saunter down the hall in shorts and shirtsleeves to the fitness center. The resident fitness instructor will create a fitness plan tailored to your goals and wishes. You can work out on your own or join a group fitness class, such as aerobics, yoga, balance, or strength training. Many communities also have a heated indoor pool as part of their fitness center.
2. Have more friends and more fun.
Winter can be lonely and dull if you’re living alone. Worse, social isolation can put your health at risk. Social isolation is associated with an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, stroke, and depression. At a senior living community, you’ll be surrounded by friends and staff members who make winter more enjoyable. Winter is a festive time at senior living communities, with many holiday parties and seasonal events on the calendar. In addition, there are always classes, clubs, and activities to exercise your mind and energize your spirit.
3. Make fewer trips to the grocery store.
At a senior living community, transportation is provided for residents to go to the grocery store or run other errands. If your vision isn’t what it used to be, or you just don’t want to deal with the traffic and road conditions, a chauffeured drive to your destination can make the trip less of a chore. Your grocery list should be shorter too since you won’t be preparing as many meals. Of course, you can still cook in your apartment when you feel like it. But you’ll also have the option to enjoy healthy and delicious casual and fine dining on-site. Dining is a big deal at senior living communities; the quality of the food is as good as you’ll find at many local restaurants.
4. Be safe and secure this winter.
Last winter, Texans were reminded how much havoc a storm can cause. When the power went out, many homeowners were left without heat or running water. At Holly Hall, we put the health and safety of residents first. It’s why we’ve installed utility-grade generators to provide a reliable source of electricity in the event of a storm. Residents also enjoy 24-hour, on-call maintenance service for emergencies. Our gated community also ensures an extra layer of security for residents — we screen all visitors before entry. To make sure residents are well and doing fine, we check in with them every day. And throughout the year, residents have access to health professionals on-site to monitor their health and provide health services.
Don’t let winter cramp your lifestyle.
If winter keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest, why wait for spring to move into a senior living community? To learn how Holly Hall helps banish the winter blues, visit our Independent Living page. Or contact us to schedule an appointment. We love making new friends.