Being part of a community means something different to everyone, and there are so many positive aspects to being part of one. Who doesn’t enjoy a nourishing conversation with a friend, a walk outside with your buddies on a beautiful day or a delicious meal shared with a few pals? Not only can a lively community give you opportunities to connect, turns out it can also strengthen your heart. In addition to healthy choices, Harvard Health Publishing says that what helps the heart and blood vessels thrive are strong social connections, positive relationships and intimacy, and love in your life.
To celebrate American Heart Month, we’ll look at all the ways that living in a retirement community like The Village at Providence Point — a National Lutheran Community can be good for your heart. In a special community like this, residents will not only will get the benefit from the campus life and community, but also the greater Annapolis community. The core of the lifestyle programming at this Life Plan Community is called ConnectedLiving. Beyond a full calendar of social events and top of the line amenities, the community is being built around opportunities for personal growth — so residents will thrive in body, mind and spirit.
It’s easier to keep your heart healthy at a retirement community, and here’s why:
1. It’s easier to stay active.
You’ll have lots of opportunities to participate in physical activity and improve your heart health just outside your door. The state-of-the-art fitness center at The Village at Providence Point will invite residents to swim a lap or participate in water aerobics at our indoor Aquatics Center. Try yoga and tai chi classes for stretch and balance, and enjoy the well-designed, walkable campus. It’s going to be a breeze to stay active and to meet the American Heart Association’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.
2. Choose from chef-prepared heart-healthy menus.
Eat to live and live to eat with delicious, chef-prepared heart-healthy menus. From gourmet to casual—and even a pub—great care is going into designing different restaurants with a variety of culinary offerings. Here you’ll be able to load up on freshly prepared meals that are rich in seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish and seafood. Not only will you benefit from all these healthy choices, but also you can dine together with friends. Healthy food, good conversation—it’s a win win.
3. Take care and know your numbers.
Regular health checkups with your doctor are an important part of preventative heart health care. In addition to this, this Life Plan Community will offer an on-site health center. Not only will we offer a hospitality level experience with the best services and amenities, but we’ll also offer top-level professional care, and access to the area’s outstanding medical services. It will be easier for you to monitor and maintain health conditions that might affect your heart like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
4. Manage your stress and live better.
Reducing stress levels is part of heart health and overall wellbeing. When stress is constant, your body is in high gear for days or weeks, which can lead to significant health problems over time—like high blood pressure. After a lifetime of working, taking care of others and fulfilling responsibilities, it’s time you reduce your stress levels. Living the maintenance free lifestyle at a retirement community like The Village at Providence Point, gives you more time to dream, explore and discover. Plus there are loads of interesting opportunities to fill your days and make the most of all this extra time and freedom.
5. Stay curious, keep learning and be social for your overall health.
Whether it’s taking advantage of the quaint culture that is Annapolis, taking a field trip to D.C., taking a class, attending a lecture, visiting museums or historic locations or joining a meditation group right on campus, retirement can be a new adventure every day. These new growth experiences are critical in determining not only the way you live but also the way you age. Studies confirm that having broad social skills are just as important for good health as physical activity, good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
It turns out, where you live does affect your heart health in many ways. All the positive benefits of retirement community for seniors have far reaching effects. When you live in a community with lots of opportunities to participate in physical activity, it’s easier to choose to stay fit. With delicious menus and a variety of dining options, it’s easier to make healthy choices rather than just “making do.” There are so many ways to live better, have more freedom and enjoy a fuller more active social life. The core belief at The Village at Providence Point is that everyone deserves to live a life filled with joy purpose and meaning. Our ConnectedLiving philosophy and programming reflects this.
The benefits of belonging to a community are too important to ignore. If you’d like to know more about how the lifestyle at The Village at Providence Point will provide positive, protective effects on your heart and your overall wellbeing, reach out to us on the contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!