Being social is important at any age – it’s why we take toddlers to preschool, why we join clubs at school, and why “water cooler” chats and after-work get-togethers are often a favorite part of our working years.
That need to be social doesn’t wane as we get older – in fact, in many ways, it becomes even more important. Whether through retirement, loss of mobility, divorce, death of a spouse or other factors, opportunities to connect with people for conversation, a walk or shared activity can shrink.
In turn, that can lead to isolation and challenges to our emotional, mental and physical wellness.
As the National Institute on Aging points out, “as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness — and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression and heart disease.”
The good news? Research also shows that “people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood and have a sense of purpose. These activities seem to help maintain their well-being and may improve their cognitive function,” the institute notes.
And that’s why opportunities to be social are key at Quail Park at Lynnwood, notes Sue Rowell, Community Relations Director at Quail Park of Lynnwood.
“Quail Park residents enjoy the privacy of their own cottages or apartment suites, complete with full kitchens, when they want that time on their own, but we also have a full array of opportunities to connect with friends, neighbors and the greater community,” Rowell notes.
In addition to delicious daily meals from Quail Park’s culinary team, fitness sessions and wellness programs, residents can choose from a full calendar of special events.
“This summer, we hosted an amazing street fair, complete with classic cars, live music, a beer tent and treats like cotton candy and hot dogs,” Rowell says. “We also brought in sand and filled the paddling pools for a summer beach party with live entertainment, and summer-friendly refreshments.”
Popular excursions have included visits to the Purple Robe Lavender Farm and to the Cedar River Rain Drums in North Bend, with lunch at the North Bend Bar & Grill. They also paired a trip to see the new Elvis movie with a party at Quail Park that included the singer’s favorite peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches!