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Having Fun is Good for You

No matter one’s age, socialization is what makes a person feel like part of society. People need human contact just like they need sunshine. This becomes especially important as we age. Research shows that having a healthy social life is as important to s

Just as loneliness can hurt a person’s life, socializing can save it. Social activities like bingo, church, art classes, gardening, and going to movies are all known to have physical health benefits and help maintain friendships. As we age, friends and family truly can be lifesavers. Recent studies suggest that elderly people who enjoy dining with friends and take part in social activities live an average of two and a half years longer than those who spend most of their time alone.

Seniors get even more out of socializing than just a few extra years of life. Friendships and activities reduce stress, help people feel worthy and needed, and stimulate the mind. Staying active is also likely to build and strengthen bones, joints and muscles. Non-socialization can affect the mind and body negatively, and this stress can lead to depression. So, it is important to remain active and maintain a healthy lifestyle — even a trip to the beauty salon can provide an instant and positive effect on a senior’s mood.

With the special variety of unique social activities offered at Spectrum Retirement Communities, residents say that their social life is more fulfilling than ever. There is always something to do and someone to share stories and a laugh. With limousine and shuttle service, residents have the freedom to explore activities outside the community like going to art museums, participating in local events and attending the symphony. The idea is to always be a part of the greater community: Volunteering, mentoring and tutoring are just some of the ways Spectrum’s residents continue to make a difference beyond their apartment homes.

Lake Travis Independent Living is slated to open its doors to seniors in Lakeway early 2017 and will offer the perfect lakeside lifestyle. Just 25 miles west of Austin, this suburb serves as a wonderful home for active seniors. Residents can live an independently balanced, lively and worry-free life.

For more information on Lake Travis Independent Living or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 512-626-9758.Want to learn more about what life is like at a retirement community.