How Do Senior Living Communities Enhance Longevity?

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[Updated: April 2, 2024 | Published: March 22, 2024]

Have you heard that transitioning to a senior living community can enhance your overall well-being, enrich your lifestyle and even contribute to a longer lifespan? Communities like Friendship Village of Dublin prioritize wellness, which can help boost your self-reliance and quality of life.

Woman in a senior living community blows out birthday candles as smiling friends look on.The benefits of senior living go beyond just having more candles on your birthday cake. In the right community, your next chapter can be about finding joy, companionship and opportunities to grow and be happy.

Imagine waking up to a calendar full of activities you love, surrounded by friends who share your interests. With a maintenance-free lifestyle, you have ample time to enjoy hobbies, gardening, painting, or whatever makes you happy. You can travel, learn, and explore without worrying about caring for a house.

Read on to learn how a quality senior living community like Friendship Village of Dublin can add more years to your life and more life to your years.

Survey Says Senior Living Residents Live Longer and Stronger

Lomgevity - male and female figures sit on a clock's hour handAnecdotal evidence has long suggested that residents of high-quality senior living communities like Friendship Village of Dublin live longer, more satisfying lives.

Now, a growing body of empirical research supports these claims. According to the most recent study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, older adults in senior communities have a longer lifespan, receive more healthcare services and benefit from better rehabilitative and preventive care than those living in other settings.

“This research builds a holistic picture of longevity for older adults who recently moved into senior housing communities,” said Dianne Munevar, vice president of health care strategy at NORC, in a press release announcing research findings. “Longevity is not only adding years to life, but also adding life to years.”

NORC researchers also looked at variations across different types of senior housing communities, including continuing care retirement communities like Friendship Village of Dublin, independent living communities, assisted living communities, and memory care communities. They found that Residents reaped the most benefits in higher-quality communities

  • Residents in the top 25 percent of communities live 70 days longer than those in the bottom 25 percent of communities. 
  • CCRC residents live almost two weeks longer than older adults in the community at large. 
  • Senior housing residents in the top 25 percent of communities receive more than 40 additional days of home health care than their peers in the bottom 25 percent of communities. 

But what is it about quality senior living communities like Friendship Village of Dublin that helps Residents live longer? It’s all about the lifestyle.

Five Healthy Lifestyle Habits that Increase Longevity

Healthy lifestyle: senior woman stretches before working outAmericans tend to have shorter lifespans than those living in other high-income countries. This may be due to a higher prevalence of preventable chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Leading a less-healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of developing such diseases, which in turn can result in premature death.

But does a healthier lifestyle lead to longer life? Recent research suggests the answer is yes!  In a largest-scale study, scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health collected data on five different low-risk lifestyle factors and compared health outcomes for those who adopted all five with those who didn’t adopt any.  These factors included:

  1. Senior woman preparing food.Maintaining a healthy eating pattern. This included getting the daily recommended amounts of vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and omega-3 fatty acids and limiting consumption of red and processed meats, beverages with added sugar, trans fat, and sodium.
  2. Not smoking.
  3. Getting at least 3.5 hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.
  4. Drinking only moderate amounts of alcohol (one drink or less per day for women or two drinks or less per day for men).
  5. Maintaining a normal weight (body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9).

At age 50, women who did not adopt any of the five healthy habits lived until they were around 79 years old, and men until 75.5 years old.

Those who practiced all five healthy habits lived up to 14 years longer. Men lived up to 87.6 years, and women up to 93.1. The study also found that, when practiced independently, each of the five healthy habits decreased the risk of death, cancer, and heart disease.

How do Senior Living Communities Enhance Longevity and Life Satisfaction?

dining at Friendship VIllage of DublinHave you ever considered how a senior living community like Friendship Village of Dublin could add greater happiness and more years to your life? There are several factors at play.

First, healthy living is at the heart of most senior living communities. Imagine having easy access to fitness facilities tailored to your needs and nutritious dining options that don’t skimp on flavor. It’s all about keeping you feeling great physically and mentally. You retain complete control of your lifestyle choices, but you can get help from personal trainers, licensed dieticians and other professionals when you want it.

Residents socialize at the 2023 summer picnic at Friendship VIllage of Dublin.Socialization is a significant factor in aging well. It can be easy to feel lonely as we age, but senior housing offers a ready-made community.

With clubs, classes, casual get-togethers, and off-campus excursions, your social calendar can be as full as you wish. Strong social connections have been proven to keep us happy and healthy at any age.

A Resident receives care.Access to care is another important aspect. Research by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care and the University of Chicago shows that senior housing communities improve quality of life by reducing vulnerability and frailty. Services such as physical therapy, medication management, and chronic disease monitoring can improve health, safety and independence.

Whether you require a little assistance at home or specialized long-term care, having these services within reach provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones. In a community like Friendship Village of Dublin, you can rest assured that you are in good hands today and in the future.

Learn to Thrive The Village Way

Friendship Village of Dublin residents enjoying concertAt Friendship Village of Dublin, we help residents thrive The Village Way. This proprietary approach helps you achieve balance through nine dimensions of wellness. With the security of LifeCare and every amenity at your fingertips, you can have peace of mind knowing your needs are fulfilled, now and in the future.

A maintenance-free lifestyle gives you ample time to enjoy hobbies, gardening, painting, or whatever makes you happy. You can travel, learn, and explore without worrying about caring for a house.

So, why not consider writing your next chapter in a place where you can live your longest, happiest life surrounded by freedom, fun, and friends? The sooner you explore your options, the sooner you can secure your future and gain peace of mind.

If you are interested in joining our premier LifeCare community, we invite you to schedule a visit using the form below. You can also call 614.426.0334 to speak with one of our residency counselors.





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