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What is Assisted Living?
What are the typical activities offered for residents in assisted living communities?
Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM
The great thing about assisted living is that residents have more free time to take advantage of the fun things in life. Without being saddled with the rigors of housekeeping, laundry, and managing medicines, residents now can spend time “hanging out” again with their peers rather than dedicating several hours of the day to chores that are becoming to challenging to handle on their own.
Typically led by an activities director and supported by a full staff, most assisted living communities offer the opportunity to join a book club, take part in a gardening group, or leave the campus on a theater outing or field trip. Spiritual and religious services and group gatherings are available well. And, expect lots of laughing and fun at the weekly poker, bridge, or card game.
Many communities also bring in speakers of interest to the residents, such as history buffs, bands, singers, and guest lecturers from local colleges.
The physical side of leading a healthy life also is an integral part of assisted living. Staff members encourage residents to take part in daily walks, utilize the fitness center, participate in yoga classes and continue to work their bodies as well as their minds. Many times an individual workout program can be developed in conjunction with a resident's activities director and doctor.