Happy summer! We're celebrating this spectacular season with a blog series all about family. With grandkids out of school and families taking time to unwind, summer is the perfect time to connect and relax with your loved ones.
Connection is essential to a vibrant life, and there are many physical and emotional benefits of staying connected to family and even close friends. "Family" consists of the people who support and love you, and the people you can confide in and trust. Whether it's a relative or someone you feel deeply connected to, these bonds are important. So, this feels like a great topic to kick off our series. We'll dive into the details of how connection can positively impact your wellbeing and offer ways to become the social chair of your own life, and plan fun and safe gatherings this summer.
Why is family connection so important?
In essence, healthy
family bonds and relationships encourage a sense of belonging and keep us
balanced in all areas of life. It's a natural desire to want to feel deeply
connected to others, and family is often our best source. These relationships tend
to be unconditional and ever-present. When
we're with family, we're
When it comes to aging, staying connected to close friends and family was a primary indicator for living a high-quality life. In a United States Aging Survey, relationships were listed as more important than financial resources for most people surveyed. And, the significance of family connection goes deeper than a senior's preference. There is a strong correlation between the strength of one's family relationships and overall health. Seniors who report having regular interactions with family members also experience more robust immune systems, improved mental health, and better cognitive functions.
In addition to providing the companionship we all crave, time with family can even strengthen thinking skills. Participating in conversations with family requires short-term and long-term memory, increases our vocabulary, and paves new neural pathways as we reminisce about memories while creating new ones. All good reasons to gather your group!
What are some fun ways to connect?
Here are five fun ways to pull the family together and stay connected this summer:
We hope you have a lovely time
staying connected to family this summer. At Resort Lifestyle Communities, we encourage
family connection as much as possible. We love when residents invite guests over
to stay or travel to visit family members who live out of state. It's one of
the reasons we have our robust TravelProgram. Residents have the option to book a
guest suite in any of our communities across the country at no charge. And, while
visiting another community, residents receive all meals and activities free of