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The Importance of Socialization for Seniors

October 13, 2020 Always Parkland

Socialization – The Key to Living Well in Retirement

Living alone during a pandemic can be particularly difficult for seniors. For Velma Attoe, everyday tasks, like buying groceries and cooking nutritious meals, keeping active and maintaining her house became particularly challenging. “I was feeling so lonely at home and didn’t want to have to lean on my friends so much”, said Velma. “I wanted to live in a place where I had people around me to socialize.” That’s when she decided to have her own Parkland in the Valley All-Inclusive Lifestyle apartment.

Benefit of Social Connections

Studies show that socialization is critical to seniors’ overall health and wellbeing. Our vibrant Parkland communities can help lessen feelings of isolation and depression. We prioritize social connectivity by featuring common areas, like dining rooms, game rooms and outdoor gathering spaces with plenty of room to enjoy activities safely.

Keeping Active and Engaged

Keeping active is important too. That’s why, Parkland residents are encouraged to continue walking and staying physically active. During the pandemic, in addition to hosting safe, physically distanced on-site classes and workshops, recreation personnel was increased, recreation hours were extended, and additional programming was provided on evenings and weekends for residents.

Safety for Seniors

At our Parkland communities, we make it easy for residents to stay safe and well by offering services like on-site health professionals, 24-hour support staff, as well as safety and sanitation protocols.

Healthy Food with Good Company

From taste and variety to quality and atmosphere, Parkland residents have many opportunities to join friends in the dining room and enjoy culinary creations prepared by our in-house Executive Chef with a menu that always offers something new along with those traditional favourites.

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Whether she’s attending a group exercise or participating in activities, Velma is rarely in her apartment. “I’m hard to reach by phone because I’m always doing something I like,” she said. “I truly enjoy it here and employees are so kind. It was certainly the right decision for me.”

Because a lot has changed, socialization is vital to living well. Staying connected to friends, family and community is as important now as it has always been. Learn more about Parkland in the Valley in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

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