What are you thankful for this holiday season? As we welcome the opportunity to gather and celebrate in a manner nearer to what we know and cherish, our family – our community – will likely be held a little tighter.
And the memories will be all the sweeter for it.
Family and community are important throughout our lives, but in retirement, when our worlds can become a little smaller, those connections take on even greater importance.
Why? The CDC notes that loneliness and isolation are health risks for older adults – a real concern considering a national report found that nearly one-quarter of adults age 65 and older are considered socially isolated. Critical factors include living alone, the loss of family or friends, or chronic illness, for example.
Yet sometimes people can feel socially isolated without these contributing factors.
Sometimes, what’s needed is community.
“A sense of family reaches far beyond connections forged through DNA or marriage – it’s dear friends you share milestones with, it’s feeling valued for your contributions, and it’s having rich connections across generations,” says Sue Rowell, Community Relations Director at Quail Park of Lynnwood.
“Here at Quail Park, those connections are made across our extended family – including staff, residents and their children, grandchildren and siblings. We welcome friends, vendors and community members who create memorable experiences here. We are, in all respects, a large, wonderful family that works together, plays together and shares sorrows and joys together,” Rowell reflects.
“For that we are truly thankful – at the holidays, and throughout the year.”
One of the real benefits of senior living at a community like Quail Park is the opportunity to enjoy both activities you’re already passionate about, and to discover new ones. Here, you’ll likely find kindred spirits to join you on your explorations, whether it’s supporting a charity that’s close to your heart, discussing your new favorite book in the library, or connecting over a fitness class or swim.
Maybe you’ll plan a vacation together, or an afternoon volunteering in the neighborhood, or simply share memories, hopes and dreams over a cup of coffee or a delicious chef-prepared dinner.
After all, isn’t that what family is for?
With financial possession of a unit by Dec. 31, Quail Park is offering 50 percent off the base rent the first full three months of occupancy!