It’s been said the only thing that stays the same is change – and that’s a good thing when it comes to senior living communities! They are nothing like they once were: forget the dull interiors, hours of resident boredom and bland food. Instead, seniors today can look forward to a carefree, invigorating lifestyle filled with wellness, entertainment and the freedom to enjoy it all.
The right senior living atmosphere can be a reward for a life well lived, and at St. Mark Village in Pinellas County, we’re excited to tell you why our residents would agree.
What brought about all the change in senior living communities? The seniors themselves
- Today’s seniors are living longer. According to a Population Reference Bureau online article entitled, “Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States,” the average U.S. life expectancy increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017. The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060.
- Today’s seniors are in better health. They are living independently longer than ever, according to the National Council on Aging’s “Get The Fact on Older Americans.” In fact, research reports that today’s seniors are in better physical and cognitive health than people of the same age were a generation ago.
- Today’s seniors recognize the health benefits of staying connected. Studies have proven that older adults who participate in activities they find meaningful are happier and healthier. In fact, happiness, life satisfaction and a sense of purpose are all linked to living longer, according to an article entitled “Participating in Activities You Enjoy as You Age” from National Institute on Aging.
- Today’s seniors are eager to keep learning and contributing. It’s expected that 36% of 65 to 69-year-olds will be active participants in the labor market by 2024. They’re motivated to stay sharp and productive. And even those who are not working are continuing their education in a myriad of ways. AARP reports that 55% of Americans aged 45 and older are actively learning new things, and 83% believe it is vitally important to keep your brain active.
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How senior living communities like St. Mark Village are responding to these changes
In short, today’s seniors want more than a place to live… they want an environment designed to promote a healthy and fulfilling life filled with inspiration and purpose, and they want peace of mind about their future. What’s more, they expect senior living communities to not only meet their needs but surpass them as much as possible.
At St Mark Village, we believe we are doing just that. Here are just a few examples:
Senior living communities are the perfect choice when it comes to opportunities for relaxing, having fun, and socializing. Classes. Discussion groups. Walking clubs. Birthday parties. Volunteering. Concerts. Happy hours. Group outings. Holiday events. And so much more—all fun and interesting ways to make new friends and gain all the emotional, mental and physical health benefits of engagement and connection with people you enjoy. (With no worries of home upkeep tying you down.)
Healthy aging is what today’s senior living communities are all about, whether it’s senior-friendly exercise equipment, nutritious dining, lifelong learning, regular health screenings and more. At St. Mark Village, our approach to wellness incorporates the seven dimensions of wellness. Residents have access to a fitness studio with modern exercise equipment and spaces designed to accommodate a variety of programs, including yoga stretching, cardio, balance, fall prevention and more.
More and more senior living communities today are located in areas that offer even more ways to enjoy each day. It might be an array of restaurants close by. Boutique shopping. Services and conveniences just minutes away. Theatre, musical entertainment, and family attractions within easy reach.
Residents of St. Mark Village benefit from our location in Palm Harbor, with its range of recreation, shopping, dining, and other attractions for seniors that are hard to match. In addition, you’ll find an abundance of cultural events, a wide variety of fitness opportunities, beautiful parks and natural areas to explore, festivals and markets all year long, museums and galleries, exceptional dining, and of course, gorgeous beaches a short distance away.
Peace of Mind
In the past, seniors might have worried that senior living communities weren’t capable of meeting their care needs as they aged. Today, continuing care retirement communities such as St. Mark Village are providing the answer.
Choosing St. Mark Village gives you access to a full continuum of care: independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and in-patient rehabilitation. So, no matter where you reside in our community, you benefit from the support, focus on total wellness, and strong social network that can lead to increased longevity. Plus, you have a plan that offers seamless access to future care options, something both you and your family can appreciate.
Make the choice that makes retirement more special. Download our free guide: Senior Living Options – A Guide for Understanding Which Level of Care is the Best Fit. Or contact us. We’d love to hear from you.