Benefits of Moving to Senior Independent Living | The Merion

3 Life-Enhancing Benefits of Moving to a Senior Living Community

The decision to move to a senior living community could usher in a new, carefree phase of your life. Many older adults assume living at home is the best option for them. But often, they’re simply unaware of how independent senior living could enrich their lives. 

“Independent senior living at The Merion offers residents a dynamic and convenient lifestyle,” says Matt Whetstone, director of sales and marketing. “Residents thrive when they take advantage of our community amenities and engage in our social and recreational opportunities.”

Continue reading to learn about three important benefits of life at a senior living community.

1. Maintenance-Free Living

Imagine a life where you no longer have to worry about upkeep and maintenance of your house. No more mowing the lawn, taking on home improvement projects, tending to repairs, or landscaping. Consider what it would feel like to only cook when you’re up for it and to hand off cleaning responsibilities to someone else. 

At a senior living community, you can relax and spend your time doing the things you love without worrying about these household tasks that can get in the way of enjoyment. 

Some services you’ll typically find at independent living communities include:

  • Housekeeping 
  • Transportation
  • Laundry and linen services
  • Exterior and interior home maintenance

Additionally, senior living communities offer amenities that provide daily opportunities to make life more fulfilling. Examples are a fitness center, pool, arts and crafts studio, game room, and restaurant-style dining. Many communities provide access to a guest suite for visiting family members.

“The inspired menus at our multiple dining venues offer residents an array of choices. They can have breakfast at the JEM Dining Room, eat lunch on our rooftop terrace, visit the Emerald Lounge for Happy Hour, have dinner delivered to their residence – and they still won’t have experienced all our dining options,” notes Whetstone.

2. Activities for Personal Growth and Social Engagement

With the newfound freedom within this worry-free life, you can pursue interests you’ve always had, explore new hobbies, or spend more time with family and friends. Senior living communities offer classes, events, activities and outings specifically designed to help seniors make the most of their retirement years. 

This programming gives you the chance to learn a craft, maintain fitness, participate in an interest group, attend cultural events, and more. In some cases, you can immerse yourself in a topic of interest through college classes.

“The Merion is located four blocks from Northwestern University, so it’s convenient for Merion residents to engage in an intellectually stimulating curriculum offered through Northwestern’s senior education program,” Whetstone explains.

Social connection has been shown to have a profound effect on seniors’ mental health. Therefore, the social aspect of senior living communities is a vital component to your continued health and happiness. 

Whether you take part in a single weekly activity or pack your schedule full of experiences, you will naturally connect with like-minded people and foster new friendships.

3. Convenient and Comfortable Apartment Living

As you explore senior living, you’ll find a multitude of living options. Some communities offer quaint but comfortable spaces, and other retirement residences are more comparable to a family home. Regardless of the size, residences are designed for seniors to remain independent, safe and secure.

“Residences at The Merion are situated in an historic building that has been renovated into beautifully modern senior living with classic character. We offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Every residence features hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and convenient access to city life,” according to Whetstone.

Floor plans are important, but they’re not the only consideration when it comes to comfortable senior living. Keep in mind the space you gain with access to communal areas like lounges, ballrooms, wellness centers, libraries, coffee shops, etc. All considered, moving to a senior living community will provide more room and opportunities to expand your life. 

How The Merion Helps You Live Your Best Life

Just minutes from downtown Chicago, The Merion is an upscale retirement community that gives you the freedom to do the things you want. We offer independent living with comfort, style, and the satisfying energy of a popular urban setting.