Everyone will agree physical and mental health is an essential component of a happy life. Physicians and psychologists emphasize the role of exercise and social belonging as a necessity to achieve mental and physical health, regardless of age. You may agree that social belonging and physical activity are more important for seniors. Yet they may have less access because of the circumstances. In this article, I propose how living in a condominium can facilitate such activity and benefit our aging population to stay healthy.
It allows them to make new connections and interactions with people and, as a result, buffers the effects of aging and motivates them to be active.
In a condominium, you buy and own a unit within the building and share ownership of the common spaces. The common areas include the hallways, stairwells, elevators, garden, and various amenities such as the pool and the gym. Bringing a community together allows for an increase in interactions among people. Social contact is the first step to building a support network. A strong support network becomes essential with the increase of age because it is crucial for our well-being and quality of life. Friendship plays a significant role in buffering against effects of aging, such as general health, mental health, physical health, and cognitive functions. We are social beings, and we seek connections and interactions with others. The lack of social support we strive for will affect our potential experiences of happiness.
Elders may find it challenging to get out of the house or go places due to driving or mobility issues. If friends or family are busy or cannot come around to visit, the elders are stuck at home by themselves. Phones and computers aid communication, but they are not as effective as in-person connections. Fortunately, in a condominium, everything is within the premises. There is a council to take part in to help the community, clubs to join that align with interest, and even social gatherings and events to connect with people. The elders who engage in meaningful, productive activities tend to live longer. The interactions boost health and keep the brain active. The more isolated you are, the greater your risk of developing health problems. Lonely people are more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, and a lower quality of life.
Staying physically active is vital for any age. The lack of physical activity can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, or more medication. Many condominiums have integrated gyms and pools for exercise for these reasons. Some might even have exercise or yoga classes or swim lessons. These amenities are available to use for all residents. However, availability is one thing you also need the motivation to use the facilities. Sometimes finding the inspiration to work out can be challenging. We are likely to be physically active if we have a person or a group to encourage us. Outside encouragement can help promote the elderly to be involved. Exercise maintains strength, improves sleep quality, helps avoid illnesses and boosts mood.
If you are considering moving, condominiums are a great option. Condominiums provide many social opportunities that prove to be beneficial for the elders. Being in a condominium, you can interact with the other residents. There are many opportunities to get involved with the community, and everything is easily accessible. Interactions increase well-being and quality of life, lower stress, and motivate us to be physically active. All these components are essential for long and happy life.