One of the main differences between living in a senior living community and a regular single-family-home neighborhood is the sense of community felt there. This feeling can have a remarkable influence on a person’s sense of well-being and quality of life. This is one of the greatest benefits of living in a 55+ community. People who live in these communities tend to get to know their neighbors and have similar goals, like making lasting memories together.
Many times residents will work together on a project that benefits not only their immediate community, but also their surrounding communities. Some of the ways 55+ communities create a sense of belonging are:
- Connecting residents with their environment to foster engagement by doing service projects or community improvement projects.
- A regular schedule of activities, classes and tournaments that involve as many residents as possible.
- Finding ways to get involved in the surrounding communities by volunteering at schools, hospitals, churches, etc. Residents can find belonging and engagement by acting as tutors, mentors, or teachers.
- Cultivating a sense of “family” despite the various backgrounds, opinions, or beliefs of the residents.