Earlier we talked about the top 5 reasons to make the move to a retirement community before winter sets in, with the cold, the snow, and the ice. During the harshness of winter, a community setting is a great place to be. We take care of the chores, and you’re free to explore all those interests you never had time for.
Winter can also be a time that isolates people, especially older adults. For those who drive, it’s difficult to get motivated to shovel the driveway, clear off the car, and brave road conditions except for necessities like shopping. For seniors who don’t drive, it may be hard to get a ride or to walk to a bus stop. At the same time, TV, radio, and the Internet can provide only so much companionship during the short days and long nights of winter.
In “20 Facts About Senior Isolation That Will Stun You”, A Place for Mom lays out how living in isolation can hurt the physical, emotional, and mental health of older adults, whether it’s raising blood pressure or increasing the risk for depression and overall mortality.
Seniors aren’t the only people who suffer from the effects of isolation. According to A Place for Mom, “Caregivers of the elderly are also at risk for social isolation.” There’s only so much time in the day and so much energy to give, and caregivers often have nothing left for their own social needs.
At Central Baptist Village, we’ve seen how our residents can thrive even on the coldest, darkest days. There’s always a reason to get up and go, whether it’s to enjoy a warm, toasty breakfast with friends or to join neighbors for a fitness class or a trivia challenge. Music is also on the menu at Central Baptist Village, with regular choir practice, music programs, and even a full-time music therapist. If you’re competitive, you may want to take up Nintendo® Wii® bowling. We also offer creative pursuits. There are plenty of people here who share your interests. Of course, if you want to be alone, we’ll respect your wishes. It’s up to you how social you want to be!
For caregivers, Central Baptist Village offers more than just independent living — we also feature a continuum of care, from assisted living and memory support to skilled nursing and late-stage Alzheimer’s care. In fact, Central Baptist Village earned an overall five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, rating in the top 20 percent of nursing homes in the state of Illinois.
Every day we see how a full life lived among good friends and neighbors is healthier for mind, body, and soul. If’ you’re an older adult or a caregiver, we are here to help you. Call us at 708-583-8500.