What do Seniors Value? 3 Things Top Most Lists
Jan 31, 2018
An important study for seniors is conducted annually, and its research finds consistent results every year. The National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare, and USA Today join together to conduct the United States of Aging Study. Researchers survey 4,000 U.S. adults, including a nationally representative sample of seniors aged 60 and older.
Each year, the seniors report the same things as most important to them. It may be surprising to learn that money doesn’t ever make it into this top three.
See if you agree with these things consistently reported by seniors to be the most important factors for a happy life:
1) Family and Friends
The annual survey finds that more than half of all seniors feel that good relationships with family and friends is the most important ingredient in quality of life. More than 40% say that seeing their children and grandchildren grow up is the most important factor in enjoying a longer life.
It’s no secret that the importance of family in a senior’s life is immeasurable. Research shows that the connection that seniors keep with their families has a direct impact on their quality of life, and even on their health.
Today, technology rather than physical proximity is an invaluable tool for staying connected to scattered family members. In fact, 84% of seniors surveyed report that technology gives them the ability to better connect with family. Text messaging, Skype, Facebook, and other forms of technology can make long-distances be less of a barrier.
See our recent post, How to be Loving and Close as a Long-Distance Grandparent, for more discussion on connecting with family members that may be far away.
There is nothing surprising about seeing health listed as a top factor in a high quality of life.
As seniors, fitness is essential for staying mobile and active. Staying healthy can lower your risk of illness, improve some existing health conditions, reduce falls, or reduce the severity of injuries if you do fall. Staying fit keeps you independent and able to take care of your own day-to-day tasks.
But staying fit doesn’t only offer physical benefits. Individuals who exercise also have increased brain health. And fit seniors report a greater sense of happiness, too. No wonder health is recognized as being so critical!
At Tapestry we know that health is of paramount importance to your quality of life. We hope you’ll regularly take advantage of the gym and weekly exercise classes.
We’ve covered a lot of health topics in blog posts here that we’d encourage you to look at if you haven’t yet. (And even as a refresher if you have.) We know your health is important to you–it’s important to us as well!
Browse through previous blog posts for helpful information on maintaining good health. Here are a few to get you started:
Being part of a community rounds out the top three. And this is another important part of quality living where Grand Tapestry can help!
Being part of a community is important to all ages, and seniors are no exception. Adults who feel isolated and depressed report less optimism regarding their future health and quality of life. In the United States of Aging Survey, 37% of seniors who felt isolated believed their overall quality of life would get worse in the next several years. But only 24% of seniors who felt engaged in a community felt this way.
Being part of a community provides many benefits to your physical and mental health. Socializing keeps people young at heart, emotionally connected, and mentally sharp. Researchers believe that belonging to community can boost your brain health and may actually even lower your risk of dementia.
Being around other people helps seniors keep a positive outlook on life and a healthy mental state. This is especially true when that time is spent doing something fun or rewarding.
Grand Tapestry of Quail Springs can Help
There you have it—friends and family, health, and community. These are the most important things most seniors report as contributing to a high quality of life. And we believe that Grand Tapestry is well-equipped to help you with all three.
We encourage you to take advantage of the community at Grand Tapestry. Connect with new friends here. Keep in touch with your family—even if it’s mostly through technology. Enjoy Tapestry’s exercise classes and gym equipment.
Let us know how we can help you in each of these areas. After all, life at Grand Tapestry is all about good living!