It’s no secret that we’re living longer. According to the Alliance for Aging, between 1900 and 2000, the average life expectancy in the United States rose by nearly 30 years, making adults 60 and older the fastest-growing segment of our population.
Indeed, through advances in health care and technology, older Americans are the pioneers of a new life stage — a stage where we are not only living longer but living better.
That’s because this generation has demanded more from life and hasn’t been shy about redefining many issues, including aging. This is evidenced by vast improvements in elder care, especially when it comes to the quality of life offered within senior living communities.
What does fun look like at Cascades?
As we look back at 2019, we can’t help but smile remembering a myriad of special events including the Mardi Gras party, the Cinco de Mayo celebration, and Tucson’s birthday shindig. There were also casino outings, special dinner destinations, wine and whiskey tastings, and monthly anniversary and birthday parties.
And beyond organized activities, we enjoyed hanging out with a fascinating mix of friends and family. We picked up new hobbies and got better at old ones. We met new friends and deepened relationships with the ones we already knew, whether over a shared meal or an impromptu round of cards. Looking forward to 2020, we hope for all of this and more for our friends and family at Cascades.
Top 5 reasons to incorporate fun into your life in 2020
Having fun isn’t just something to do for itself. It also has a host of positive health and wellness benefits!
- It triggers the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormone that promotes
a sense of wellbeing.
- It wards off stress and depression. And even better, playing games like chess or completing puzzles may actually improve brain function.
- It boosts creativity by stimulating your imagination, and you are more likely to learn
a new skill when “fun” is involved.
- It fosters friendships, empathy, trust, and compassion with others.
- It can boost your energy and vitality and may even improve your resistance to illnesses.
At its very best, a senior living community should be a place where you can stay active, keep learning
and reap the physical and emotional benefits of having fun.
From all of us at Cascades, we wish you a New Year filled with joy and fun!
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