What is the best time of one’s life? For many, the answer is simple: college. Fond memories of coming of age are set among ivory towers, green campus lawns, and an abundance of socializing and learning. The good news? There is no age limit to feeling like you’re getting the college experience all over again. Here’s how:
• Live close with your peers: Find a community with that is made up of peers so that experiences can be shared, and new memories together can be made. A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that more socially connected adults live longer and are healthier than those who are not as connected.
• Enjoy communal meals. For some, the best memories from college were in the dining hall, where there were multiple choices of what to eat to satisfy any craving, and where friends came together to catch up over a meal. A study from University of Oxford found that eating with others more often can make someone feel happier and more satisfied with one’s life.
• Walk around a beautiful campus. If living in a warm climate, make time to go for a walk outdoors – through a park or along city streets. If it’s too cold outside, try the mall or another community spot where you can get some steps in and possibly run into friends along the way! A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found older women who walked at least 4400 steps per day had significantly lower mortality.
• Find or start a club. Like to play chess? Jam out with a guitar? How about reading books? Watching a certain genre of films? Chances are there are others that have the same interests as you and connecting through a club can have real mental health benefits. A study published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry came to a clear conclusion that “social connectedness is critical for good health.”
• Try something new. Always wanted to learn a new sport, instrument or craft? Or even a new academic subject? Or how about brushing up on computer skills? You don’t have to be in college to achieve more learning – and it can help your brain in more ways than one. A study in Psychological Science found that “sustained engagement in cognitively demanding, novel activities enhances memory function in older adulthood.”
Adults who want to live the collegiate life all over again – or to experience this atmosphere for the first time – should look for communities that foster optimum well-being and are filled with amenities. Retirement communities, like Brookdale Senior Living for example, offer signature programs that allows everyone in the community to pursue their interests, make new friends and live an active lifestyle on their terms– all while receiving top care if needed.
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