If a senior still feels pretty independent, moving into a senior living community might not sound appealing. Keep in mind, however, that there are several types of senior housing. Two of these are independent living and assisted living.

Independent living simply means living in a more relaxed community with other seniors. Some services, such as housekeeping and dining services are offered. In assisted living, residents receive a little more care and assistance, such as medication management. If a senior living at home is starting to struggle to do certain things alone, this type of senior living might be a good idea.

In either case, there are always opportunities to socialize in a senior living community. Activities are planned with the seniors’ mental, physical, and emotional well-being in mind.

Despite the level of care, however, one true and simple benefit is the amount of socialization that becomes possible in a senior living community. Too many times, seniors end up living alone. Their kids move out, spouses pass away, and suddenly the senior spends too much time alone. This can get rather lonely.

Living in a senior community means being able to interact daily with other seniors. Socializing then can lead to reduced stress levels, better spirits, and better recovery during times of illness. In fact, seniors who are socially active are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Even if a senior is still doing well independently, being in a community can provide huge benefits.