Mastering the Art of Living Well: Rest, Relaxation & Retirement

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We all have an ideal lifestyle that we aspire to, and for many of us, retirement is the time we get to realize our lifestyle goals. Whether we imagine ourselves pursuing new horizons or simply enjoying the relaxing and entertaining pastimes we’ve always loved, we all have an idea of what it means to live well.

“Exceptional, satisfying living is often an artform,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT. “For retirees, it may take some time to learn exactly how they want to live in this unique chapter of their lives. A fulfilling retirement lifestyle often comes with false starts and trial-and-error, but eventually you can discover what drains your energy and what makes you feel alive.”

Whatever you believe your ideal retirement to include, the team at Whitney Center have a few ideas to help seniors, as well as those nearing retirement, find the perfect combination of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation during their retirement years.

The Elements of Living Well

At Whitney Center, we believe that living well begins with looking inside yourself. You are a unique individual, so it makes sense that your retirement is unique as well. Try not to compare your situation to others. Living well does not have to mean retiring with overflowing assets or moving to an exotic destination. You get to define what it means in your life.

That being said, we’ve discovered some universal elements that everyone needs in order to live well. Consider how you can incorporate the following into your own lifestyle:

  • Rest – Especially for new retirees, rest is a vital element to living well. You’ve worked hard your whole life – now it’s time to take a deep breath before you dive into your retirement. Take some time to rest your mind and spirit, so you’ll have the renewed energy to create the kind of daily routines and activities that will make you feel fulfilled.
  • Relaxation – As you think about what your well-lived lifestyle looks like, be sure to include elements that add frequent relaxation to your days. Like we mentioned before, you’ve already accomplished so much. Retirement is the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life – an hour each morning with a good book, a walk after dinner, a trip to the spa, a long lunch with a close friend. Incorporate activities that let you relax often and recharge. This adds greater balance to your life, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to keep busy.
  • Fun – Having fun might just be the most underrated part of retirement. We’re sure you’ve heard seniors talk about the free time and relaxation that comes with retirement, but how many make it a priority to have fun? Search for ways to raise your spirits, express yourself, and even walk on the wild side of life. Whether it’s an activity you do alone or with friends, plan lots of space into your lifestyle to fill with fun times.
  • Connections – Many times, the changes that come with retirement can leave us more socially secluded than we used to be. Living well rarely occurs in solitude; you need people with whom to share your life. This doesn’t mean you have to have a huge circle of friends or be booked each weekend with social events, but it does mean that we all need connections with others to live well. Whether you choose to visit your family, join a club or volunteer in your community, or meet up regularly with your best friend, be sure to make social connections a priority.
  • Purpose – A crucial element to living well during retirement is having a sense of purpose. However you find it, purpose can elevate every other part of your life to fill it with meaning and contentment. Whether you find purpose in volunteering, spending time with the grandkids, pursuing a hobby or simply giving a genuine smile to everyone you meet, be sure that your retirement lifestyle enables you to find fulfillment.

Living Well at Whitney Center

Many seniors discover a lifestyle of living well when they move to a senior living community. At Whitney Center, we like to think that we’ve mastered the art of living well by providing an exceptional place for seniors to call home.

From world-class amenities to vibrant opportunities for connections and passions, Whitney Center creates space for seniors to pursue the lifestyle they desire. Rather than limit what residents can do when they move here, we’ve made our community a gateway to the possibilities for a life well lived. Each resident gets to decide what that looks like for them, and we provide the resources to help them get there.

Plus, as a Life Care Community, residents have the promise of future care services if they’re ever in need of support. With us, they can dive confidently into their ultimate retirement lifestyle knowing that they have a trusted partner in their retirement dreams.

Learn more about Whitney Center and how you can master the art of living well. Call our team today to get started!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care Community, offering not just an unparalleled Independent Living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including Assisted Living, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Care and Memory Care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care Community!

Psychological Benefits of Socialization for Aging Adults

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When it comes to senior health, experts in the field are quick to share best practices and advice on maintaining physical wellness, utilizing habits such as a good diet, exercise, balance and flexibility training and more. Occasionally, keeping an active social life is included in this list for its potential to get seniors moving and improving cognitive health. Although these benefits of social activity are great, socialization has so much more to offer aging adults.

“Socialization is like the secret ingredient that makes a healthy senior lifestyle come together,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT. “Although, its psychological benefits shouldn’t be kept secret. We encourage the seniors that we serve and work with to make their social lives a priority. The people and loved ones we share life with can give everything else we do more meaning.”

Are you curious about how staying social can benefit your psychological well-being? We invite you to read on and learn more.

5 Worthwhile Benefits of Socialization

Socializing – and the meaningful connections it creates – has many more benefits than getting you out of the house or keeping your brain stimulated, though this benefit can’t be overstated. Experts have proven that socialization among older adults not only keeps the brain sharp, but it can even decrease the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to the cognitive health benefits, socialization provides important, life-enriching psychological benefits as well, such as:

  1. Improved Mental Health
    Many aging adults are at risk of being isolated, which is one of the leading causes of depression among seniors. Isolation and loneliness can elicit feelings of despair or worthlessness. Socialization combats these depressive situations and allows people to feel loved and valued. The people we interact with and the activities we do in society affirm our sense of worth. When you spend time with others, you not only avoid isolation, but you also have plenty of opportunities to keep a healthy mental state and positive outlook.
  2. Sense of Belonging
    Feeling like we belong somewhere is just as important during our senior years as it was during adolescence. It’s important to know that we have people to whom we can turn to share life’s ups and downs. Especially for those who may have lost a close friend or a spouse, the need to belong could feel more intense. Socializing with other people can help cultivate new friendships and lasting bonds as you participate in meaningful life events together.
  3. Increased Self-Esteem
    It’s common for self-esteem to dwindle as we experience the difficulties of aging. We can feel embarrassed or frustrated with ourselves when we have trouble doing as much as we used to. However, the more we socialize and join in activities with other people, the more we benefit from feeling as though we still contribute to our communities. Positive interactions of any kind help us feel more confident in ourselves as we learn to recognize the important traits and talents that don’t disappear with age.
  4. Accountability
    We all need others to hold us accountable at some point in our lives. For aging adults, their social circles can act as accountability partners to ensure they continue to take care of themselves. If we keep to ourselves, it’s easy to slip into bad habits of declining self-care. Socializing, on the other hand, gives us reasons to keep up with self-care and prioritize our personal health.
  5. Purposeful Living
    When we have somewhere to go, something important to do and people to see, it helps us feel like our lives have purpose. A robust social life can help us get up in the morning with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. The strong connections we have with others create meaning in our lives, giving us a greater sense of fulfillment just by being close to each other. Spending quality time with those we care about reminds us that life is worthwhile.

Grow Your Social Group

“Finding a place where socialization is naturally effortless is a main reason for seniors to move to a community setting,” says Rambarose. “Oftentimes, seniors find that friends and neighbors move away, their children don’t live close by, and their neighborhoods are changing. This not only promotes isolation, but it makes it difficult – especially for those who might have health issues that keep them homebound – to get out there and find new social connections. Moving to a senior living community can be the best solution for isolated seniors.”

At Whitney Center, social connections abound. Neighbors are active and interested in a variety of activities. Social opportunities are constantly unfolding through planned events, resident-organized clubs, and just day-to-day life throughout the community. We make it easy to find people who share your interests and discover new ways to connect with people.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of socialization, or hearing about the opportunities available at Whitney Center, reach out to our team today!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

Talking with Your Family About Your Retirement Plans

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Making decisions about your retirement – where you want to live, how you’ll protect your assets, what kind of care you want should you ever need it – are no small tasks. As we get further into our retirement, our perspectives might change as the result of health concerns, new grandkids or the state of our finances. Once we’ve made these important plans, we need to share them with the people closest to us.

“Talking about retirement plans with family members isn’t always easy,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT. “Family dynamics, communication styles and other factors can make it difficult to share pertinent information with adult children. Sometimes, children just aren’t ready to talk about their parents moving to a community or planning for end-of-life care. However, the choices you make about how to spend this phase of your life may affect your family greatly, and it’s best for everyone when your family understands your hopes and desires.”

Sharing retirement plans with family gives everyone the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and explain their points of view. Getting your family on board with your plans will also avoid confusion and disagreements if ever a crisis occurs and you’re dependent on them for obtaining care. Your loved ones may also have valuable input that could help you finalize your decisions. Although these matters are ultimately up to you, involving your family can help everyone experience greater peace of mind in the long run.

What to Discuss When You Share Your Plans

Whether you’re planning on moving to a senior living community now or in the future, have determined what kind of care support you’d like down the road or would like to name a Power of Attorney, it’s important to explain certain aspects of your retirement plans. An article by Caring Right at Home discusses several topics about your senior lifestyle that you should talk about with your family. These include:

  • Health – Allow your children to have a realistic idea about your current state of health. Inform them about health conditions you may have kept private, as sharing your diagnoses will help them understand the reasons for your decisions and what your health may look like in the future. It’s especially important to disclose any hereditary health conditions.
  • Living Arrangements – If you’re sharing your decision to move to a retirement community, let your family know when you plan on moving and why you chose that particular community. If you haven’t narrowed down your choices yet, you could ask your loved ones for their thoughts, or politely explain that you would like to make the decision by yourself. Recognize that your move could influence when and how you spend time with your family, so consider their feelings as you discuss your decisions.
  • Future Care Wishes – Discuss with your children how you wish to be cared for in the event of a serious health crisis. Conversations about end-of-life choices can be difficult, so be sure to approach the topic with empathy. Share what kind of long-term care you would like to receive, either delivered in your home or at a long-term care community. If you have a living will, you may wish to share its contents or talk about who you choose to make healthcare decision for you if a medical condition requires it.

One thing to consider before you share your plans with your family is whether you want your plans set in stone prior to your conversation. Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to have legal or financial documents or moving arrangements already confirmed by the time you share this information with your family – as long as you know you won’t change your minds. On the other hand, you may want to involve your family members in your future planning, especially if your plans might affect your relationship with your children or grandchildren.

Tips for a Successful Conversation

When preparing to talk about your retirement plans with your family, follow these tips to make the process a little easier:

  • You don’t need to share everything at once. If sharing your news about moving to a retirement community is overwhelming to your loved ones, you may want to wait until they’ve processed this to talk about other issues.
  • Be patient. Your children and loved ones may not be as ready as you are to talk about future plans. Respect their emotions and set the pace for a productive discussion.
  • Plan ahead. Waiting for the perfect time to share might keep you waiting longer than you want. Plan when and where you’ll discuss this information and be sure everyone who needs to be is there.
  • Be honest. Don’t make up elaborate explanations as to why you made your decisions – or refuse to explain your reasons. Share your honest desires and concerns openly and allow your family to see the situation from your point of view.
  • Get help if you need it. If you need to, find a thirdparty to help you facilitate this discussion with your family members. Your doctor, care manager or an elder law attorney can offer consulting services, which may be helpful in the case of complicated family relationships.

If you’re making important decisions about your retirement plans, don’t let nerves or fear keep you from sharing this information with your loved ones. With careful consideration and planning, you can help your children understand your wishes and get on board with your plans.

For more advice on talking to your family about your retirement plans, contact the team at Whitney Center. Our senior living experts would be happy to help you navigate these issues and offer support as you continue your retirement journey.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

Continuing the Pursuit for Lifelong Learning During Retirement

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Many individuals include lifelong learning as a means for creating a fulfilling lifestyle. For seniors, the pursuit of learning can become an even greater endeavor. While the pleasure and knowledge that comes from continued learning certainly results in fulfillment, engaging the mind in learning can be extra beneficial for seniors’ health.

“Senior health and wellness involves a connection between physical, intellectual and spiritual health,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT. “Older adults require much more than good physical well-being to experience a healthy lifestyle. They also need to engage the mind and feel spiritually fulfilled. For many, lifelong learning can help them meet their needs for a healthy lifestyle.”

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

According to Nancy Merz Nordstrom, Med, Director of Elderhostel Institute Network, stimulating the mind through learning and education is extremely important for brain health as we age. The stimulation that occurs in the mind as we learn new things and think deeply about them promotes mental alertness in older adults. Studies show that aging brains continue to grow and form new connections and pathways when they are stimulated by learning.

Brain health is vital to healthy aging, considering the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Keeping the mind stimulated and strong has been shown to help prevent the onset of memory loss and significantly lower seniors’ risk for the disease.

Aside from the physical benefits of a healthy brain, lifelong learning also promotes a well-rounded, emotionally healthy lifestyle. Many seniors report the reason for continuing to learn as their way of keeping up in a changing world. Others note the importance of personal growth. Whatever the reason for learning, the rewards are worth the effort.

Three Approaches to Learning During Retirement

Nordstrom, Med, suggests three ways in which seniors can pursue lifelong learning throughout their retirement years. These include both formal and informal styles of learning. Informal learning happens every day as we read the newspaper or a good book, chat with a friend or make a new discovery about our surroundings. Formal learning is more intentional, involving classes or lectures, programs or discussion groups. Both styles of learning are beneficial for seniors.

If you’re not sure where to begin your pursuit of learning at this time in your life, consider these three approaches to learning that promote health and wellness in other areas:

  1. Learning Through Physical Activity – Seniors have plenty of opportunities to learn something new while also keeping up with their physical health. Discover new species of birds while going for a nature walk. Learn how to salsa dance or try a new yoga pose. Additionally, you can learn more about senior nutrition, engaging the mind and feeding your health by cooking up fun recipes or learning how to keep your body healthy as you age.
  2. Learning for Social Benefits – An added benefit of lifelong learning is that it often connects you with other people. In fact, many of us participate in organizations or programs for the social interaction without considering the great intellectual impact. To continue learning and stay socially connected, you can seek out book clubs, noncredit courses at a local college, art classes, events with guest speakers or even start up a group of your own to study a topic you’re passionate about. Pursing learning is bound to connect you to like-minded people to share the joys of knowledge.
  3. Learning Through Community Service – There’s a lot to learn from giving back. Not only does community service work offer a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in life, but it can also help you continue to grow personally. As you give back, you often view the world from various perspectives, which encourages you to think differently and deeply about certain issues. You can also use what you’ve learned throughout your life to teach others.

Pursuing Learning at Whitney Center

“Whitney Center is designed to help seniors create their ideal retirement lifestyle,” says Rambarose. “For many, lifelong learning is a priority. Our community offers endless opportunities for residents to continue to learn and pursue the areas that interest them, whether it’s something brandnew or a continuation of their life’s work.”

Whitney Center proudly helps seniors pursue lifelong learning through exceptional opportunities on campus and throughout the New Haven area. We’re connected to dozens of organizations in the region, such as performing groups, nonprofits, learning centers and more, in which residents can be active members. On site, we regularly host lectures and discussions and learning series chosen according to residents’ interests. The options for learning are only limited by the imagination!

If you would like to know more about lifelong learning and how it can benefit your retirement, reach out to the team at Whitney Center. We’d be happy to share information about our sophisticated learning opportunities at our community, as well as help you find resources and information about living a healthy senior lifestyle. Call us today!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care Community!

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Developing Meaningful Social Connections During Your Golden Years

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Once our kids move out of the house and we retire from careers, it may seem as though our daily social opportunities shrink. If we’re not intentional about connecting with others outside our home, retirement can quickly become an isolating experience. We no longer have the same routines that made social interaction a natural occurrence, so we have to come up with new ways of connecting with others on a regular basis.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, explains that socialization is a vital part of living a healthy retirement life. “Social activity is a key factor in remaining physically, emotionally and cognitively healthy,” says Rambarose, “not to mention a great source of purpose and fulfillment. That’s why many seniors choose to retire to a community setting, where social interaction happens naturally and isn’t inhibited by mobility issues or health concerns. Even for seniors living on their own, it’s possible to enjoy the benefits of socialization if they make the effort to build meaningful connections during their retirement years.”

Socializing for Better Health

While it may not seem like being social influences health as much as diet or physical activity, socialization actually plays a huge role in combating the crippling health effects of isolation and encouraging us to get out and about and take better care of ourselves. According to Greater Good Magazine by Berkeley University, socialization can help seniors in a number of ways, including:

  • Keeping the brain sharp and reducing the risk of cognitive decline
  • Promoting an active lifestyle
  • Combating feelings of isolation, which can lead to depression
  • Adding a sense of purpose to daily life
  • Promoting self-care through accountability
  • Creating a social network for support

5 Ideas for Making Meaningful Connections

Despite the undeniable benefits of staying socially active throughout retirement, many seniors struggle to make the meaningful social connections that make life better and brighter. Unfortunately, social connections rarely just happen on their own – we usually have to make the first move or take steps toward opportunities that will make socializing more attainable.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, so depending on your location, health and local opportunities, you’ll need to decide what ways are best for you to make strong connections or meet new people. If going outside your comfort zone is holding you back from enjoying a meaningful social life, maybe ask a trusted friend or your partner to help you get started. The following are a few ideas for how to put yourself in the position to make meaningful connections with others:

  1. Dive into your passions – We all have something we’re passionate about, and if we’re creative, we can find ways to pursue those passions at any point in our lives. By diving into your favorite activities, you’re likely to find others who enjoy the same things. Even if your favorite hobbies are individual activities, such as painting or woodworking, try to find a way to do them with others. Join a class or rent out an hour a week at a public studio. Or, if nothing like that exists in your area, start your own club. Hang flyers in public places to get others interested in joining you for a book club or weekly fishing outings.
  2. Get involved with youth – Seniors have so much to offer the younger generations – and many seniors find that kids give them just as much. Think about how you could get involved with children or teens by volunteering at a local after-school program or church. Maybe you have a special talent and could start teaching lessons. Look to see where your community has a need and offer to help. You could become an important mentor to someone.
  3. Be a better neighbor – You don’t have to go far to make important social connections. Your neighborhood is a great place to start looking for social opportunities. If you have an elderly neighbor who is shut-in or lives alone, offer to bring them a meal and spend some time with them. Maybe there’s a young family on your block who could use a babysitter. By offering to help your neighbors in their daily lives, you can create a strong network of social support throughout your community.
  4. Stay active in your faith – For many, faith and religion are a significant part of life. Participating in your religious community offers many ways to stay social and make valuable relationships with others. If you haven’t been active in a while, going back to worship services or prayer meetings can open doors to new friendships.
  5. Think about senior living – Even if you’re not ready to move to a senior living community, trying out some of the life-enrichment programs at local communities can give you opportunities to meet new people and find a social group. Most senior living communities welcome guests to participate in programs to see if they like the community lifestyle. Take advantage of these opportunities, and you may even find that the social connections available make senior living more attractive.

Love Life Here

Making social connections throughout your retirement years may take some work. It’s not always easy to be vulnerable with new people at this stage in your life. However, when you make the effort, the rewards of meaningful connections are worth the risk.

At Whitney Center, our residents experience daily opportunities for social interactions and develop meaningful connections with neighbors who become best friends and staff who feel like family. We understand that important relationships enhance seniors’ quality of life, so we make social opportunities a priority. It’s just one of the many reasons seniors love life at Whitney Center.

If you’d like to learn more about staying social throughout your retirement years or are curious about life at Whitney Center, contact us today to speak to one of our friendly team members.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

Why Seniors Should Consider Location When Retiring

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When searching for the right senior living community, many seniors and families concentrate on what the community has to offer. They consider the care services, apartment homes, available maintenance, amenities, life-enrichment activities and the general atmosphere. Evaluating what’s inside the community is important, but it’s also wise to think about what’s available beyond the community walls.

“Part of what makes Whitney Center so unique is its fabulous location in the Greater New Haven area,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT. “Our residents lead active roles throughout the greater community by volunteering or participating in local organizations. Although Whitney Center itself has much to offer, these connections to the surrounding area help to keep our residents involved and add meaningful facets to senior life.”

Location. Location. Location.

When it comes to starting a business, location can make or break its success. The same can be said about where we choose to retire. If the location of your chosen community isolates you from the things you love to do, how can you expect to lead a fulfilling lifestyle?

Of course, each person has different priorities when it comes to their retirement. Whatever yours are, make sure you consider how the location of a senior living community complements the people, activities and priorities that matter most. Here are just a few examples to consider:

  • Proximity to Hospitals – For most seniors, health is a major priority. Even if you’re in excellent health when you move to a community, you never know what might happen several years down the road. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the local health scene when deciding on a community. At Whitney Center, residents have confidence in their access to top-tier medical facilities and specialists. Our Hamden location is close to medical centers such as the Yale-New Haven Hospital and the General Practitioners of Hamden. New Haven is also home to excellent cardiologists, oncologists and other specialists.
  • Local Entertainment & Necessities – Wherever you go, it’s nice to know that whatever you need or want to do for fun is within reach. Consider the availability of important resources such as banks, places of worship or public transportation. Also think about the options you’ll have for entertainment. Is the community close to local shops and restaurants? How about movie theaters or parks? Can you walk to these places or will you need transportation? Whitney Center enjoys a prime location amid some of New Haven’s greatest sources of entertainment, including museums, live theatre, educational opportunities and more.
  • Easy for Family to Visit – Some seniors want to retire close to their children and grandchildren. Others hope to find a location that’s different from where they spent the rest of their lives. Whatever your views, you’ll want to consider how easy it will be for family to visit your community. Consider if there are decent hotels in the area, as well as fun activities you can do as a family. Whitney Center welcomes family members to participate in programs on and off campus and join residents for meals. Our location also makes it easy for loved ones to find lodging nearby and choose from an array of family-friendly activities throughout the area.
  • Cultural Opportunities – Retirement is the time to fill your life with what you love most. Whether that’s art, music, sports, education, humanitarian work or something else entirely, you want your home for your retirement years to give you easy access to the things you want to take part in. At Whitney Center, we’re proud to offer excellent cultural opportunities on campus – such as our art gallery and lecture hall – but we’re also connected to many cultural organizations off campus.
  • Nearby Excursions – If traveling is on your retirement to-do list, consider how well your community’s location is suited for frequent adventures. How far away is your community from major cities or airports? Or, if you’re close to urban centers, state or national parks or other landmarks, how easy would it be to explore those places? It’s great to have a gorgeous home base for your retirement lifestyle, but sprinkling in an adventure every now and then can enhance your quality of life. Whitney Center, for example, is close to Hartford and only a few hours away from major cities like Boston and New York.

Picture Yourself Here

Choosing a senior living community is a big decision, and lots of factors come into play as you make your choice. Be sure to consider the community’s location, either before you make your final decision or as a starting point to help find communities in a place you know and love.

If you’re curious about the New Haven area and what it’s like to retire here, we invite you to visit Whitney Center or call and speak to our team members. Find out why so many seniors have made Whitney Center their home for their retirement years and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

The Prescription for a Stress-Free Senior Living Lifestyle

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No phase of life is immune to stress. Retirement can be a stressful time for seniors when health issues, financial planning concerns or conflicting living options come into play. Fortunately, there are habits that anyone can adopt in order to relieve stress and tension in their lives, but it also helps to solve the issues that create stress in the first place.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT, says that senior living can do wonders to eliminate many of the stressors that seniors deal with. “Moving to a senior living community, especially a Life Care Community like Whitney Center, erases many common worries seniors have about their current lifestyle and their future,” says Rambarose. “Not only have they made a secure, smart investment in their present and future health care, but they’ve chosen to live in a place where they can access an array of stress-relieving solutions.”

Senior living may not be the answer for every senior experiencing stress, but we believe it can certainly help foster a stress-free lifestyle!

How Senior Living Helps Relieve Stress

Because stress during retirement can have many different causes, there’s no single remedy that works for everyone. Depending on the cause of your stress, the right solution for you can look very different than your friend’s or spouse’s. However, at Whitney Center, our wellness programs, care services and lifestyle options are flexible and tailored to meet the needs of every resident, creating a fulfilled and stress-free way of life.

Here are just a few ways senior living can help relieve senior stress:

  • No More Maintenance – Life at a senior living community eliminates the hassles of seemingly endless chores that need done around the house. Maintenance is covered, along with housekeeping, laundry and cooking. Additionally, residents never have to worry about a major home repair devastating their monthly budget or peace of mind. At a senior living community, you’re already covered!
  • Financial Peace – Although many seniors shy away from senior living due to worries about the cost, moving to a Life Care Community (formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community) is a smart way to secure your current quality of life and future livelihood. As a Life Care resident, your money not only goes toward your present living accommodations and services, but also pays for any care services you might need down the road. And because advanced care is available right on campus, you won’t have to leave the home you love to receive care.
  • Fulfilling Lifestyle – Whitney Center is proud to be home to vibrant seniors who enjoy countless opportunities for a rewarding lifestyle. We do our best to make sure each resident has a path to fulfillment – however they define it! We also offer dozens of amenities right on campus that can help to alleviate the daily stresses and tensions our residents might experience. According to Harvard Medical School, the best ways for seniors to relieve stress include:
  • Physical activity – Engaging in regular physical activity is a great way to balance chemicals in your brain to reduce stress and stay positive. Whitney Center helps residents stay active with a state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool. We host exercise classes and employ personal trainers to help seniors enjoy the best workout experiences possible.
  • Four-legged friends – Despite the responsibilities involved, experts say that pets can do wonders to alleviate stress with their unconditional love and companionship. Whitney Center is a proud pet-friendly community and even boasts a beautiful dog park.
  • Shift perspective – Activities that help the mind and body are good for relieving stress because they offer a renewed perspective to one’s problems. Activities such as meditation can also take the form of relaxation, art, music and more. Whitney Center offers plenty of avenues for residents to participate in relaxing, meditative endeavors that help them refocus their mind and renew their energy.

A Prescription for Stress-Free Living

Whitney Center is full of opportunities to help seniors live stress-free lifestyles. From the peace of mind that comes from knowing your future is in good hands, to experiencing vibrant programs and luxurious amenities that make life rewarding, there are so many possibilities for each resident to discover their own prescription for a stress-free senior living lifestyle.

If you’d like to know more about Whitney Center and how senior living can eliminate the stressors in your life, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to discuss how you can start experiencing the benefits of senior living today!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

7 Benefits of Volunteering During Retirement

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There’s no doubt that volunteer efforts do great things for local communities and beyond, but volunteering also offers tremendous benefits for individuals who put in the work. Many seniors in their retirement years turn to volunteering as a way to spend their free time, socialize with others, give back to their community and stay healthy. In fact, recent studies show that those who volunteer regularly experience positive mental and physical health outcomes, such as reduced stress and lower blood pressure.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, says, “Volunteering seems to be especially beneficial for the retired population. After careers are over and families are grown, it can be difficult to feel like you still serve a purpose. Volunteering allows retirees to plug into positive activities that truly benefit others and themselves.”

Whether you’ve been retired for a few months or several years, finding a way to volunteer in your community has the potential to enhance your quality of life. Especially if you can connect to a cause that you’re passionate about, volunteering can change your lifestyle for the better!

Volunteering for a Better Lifestyle

According to an article for Senior Community Services, adults aged 60 and older who volunteer reported lower levels of disability and higher levels of overall well-being compared to those who did not volunteer. In addition to increasing one’s independence and total sense of wellness, volunteering during retirement has plenty of other benefits as well:

  1. Promotes Physical Activity – By having somewhere to go and something to do, you can be active by default when regularly volunteering. Sometimes, it’s great just to get out of the house! However, many organizations that you can volunteer for also require some degree of physical activity. Whether you’re working in the community kitchen or leading a class a local church’s vacation Bible school, these opportunities encourage you to get up and stay active. If you really want to stay active, volunteering for a community sports league is sure to keep you moving!
  2. Prevents Isolation & Depression – Retirees can run the risk of social isolation if they don’t have commitments to get out of the house regularly. Volunteering is a great way to socialize with other people and avoid the pitfalls of loneliness and the depression that could accompany it. Most volunteer opportunities require you to work with others, either other volunteers or the people you’re serving. Plus, if meeting new people isn’t your favorite thing, you can always bring a friend to volunteer with you. 
  3. Bridges the Generation Gap – Retired adults have so much to offer their community – especially members of younger generations. By working together for an organization or on a community project, retirees and younger adults can share their knowledge and know-how to not only succeed in their work but also form important connections between generations. While you can share your experience and wisdom with younger folks, they may be able to teach you something new and share a unique perspective. 
  4. Renews Spiritual Purpose – We all want to feel like our life serves a purpose – something greater than just our solitary existence. After career and family goals have been accomplished, it can be hard to decide what your purpose is now as a retiree. Reaching out and finding volunteer opportunities could help you figure this out. Whether your volunteer work is helping someone directly or making your community stronger, it’s sure to have a positive impact. Doing good, constructive work for others is always healthy for the spirit. 
  5. Boosts Self-Esteem – When we do something productive, it helps us feel capable and increases our sense of self-worth. Actively volunteering can help you stay emotionally healthy by continually providing feelings of accomplishment and altruism. Plus, if volunteering is also a social opportunity, being around others can boost your self-esteem as well as help you build relationships. 
  6. Improves Cognitive Resilience – Doing active work, staying social and working towards goals can help improve cognitive health and lower your risk of memory loss as you age. The National Institute on Aging reported that keeping the brain active with meaningful, productive activities can lower your risk of cognitive decline and other health problems. The tasks you do as you volunteer can help keep your mind sharp and resilient throughout your retirement years.
  7. Leaves a Legacy – Doing good deeds and committing your time to something that matters to you is a wonderful way to be remembered. The work you do as a volunteer could leave a legacy for your kids and grandchildren and everyone else throughout your community. You’re never too old to inspire others with passion and hard work. If you ever wonder what your legacy might be, the dedication you’ve given to a particular cause or organization might be the answer.

Live a Life Full of Meaning

“At Whitney Center,” says Rambarose, “we believe the best years are still ahead. That’s why we work hard to promote countless opportunities for our residents to live a lifestyle that fulfills them. Whether that takes the form of volunteering or pouring into their passions, we’re here to help make it happen.”

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about volunteering during retirement, give Whitney Center a call. Our community has a robust volunteering program with dozens of partnerships throughout the Greater New Haven area. We can help you find a volunteering opportunity or share our experience in creating meaningful senior lifestyles.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!