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What is Active Aging?

An older woman rides her bike on a forested path

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines active aging as “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” At Lake Seminole Square, active aging is helping older adults live their lives to the fullest by promoting a lifestyle focused on all aspects of wellness, including intellectual, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental.

Aging Is More Than Genetics.

According to The Danish Twin Study, only about 20% of your longevity is determined by your genes. This statistic suggests that a significant part of how you age is determined by lifestyle factors and behaviors like how you eat, exercise, think and interact with others. Ultimately, you’re able to influence your health through the kind of lifestyle you lead. Here are some key benefits of active aging:

Cognitive: Cognitive health is one of the most crucial aspects to living a healthy lifestyle. Many professionals have found that keeping your mind challenged with puzzles, arithmetic or even reading each day can stimulate your mind and is beneficial in helping prevent memory loss.

Social: Staying engaged with those around you — from family members to friends to neighbors — provides endless opportunities to seek out intellectual engagement and maintain a social network. Social isolation or loneliness can negatively impact your overall health.

Creative: Studies show that expanding your mind each day and allowing yourself to tap into your creative side reaps amazing cognitive benefits.

Physical: It’s no secret that keeping the body active is a great way to promote a better lifestyle but that doesn’t mean you need to start going to the gym. Many communities offer a variety of fun and engaging fitness activities.

Keep calm: Stress can hurt your health. Taking time out of your day to reflect or meditate allows for a healthier mind and body. Going on a walk, taking a yoga class, or enjoying some quiet time can help.

Active Aging Includes Holistic Wellness

If you truly are only as old as you feel, the purpose of our 8 Dimensions of Wellness is to help you live an inspiring life of wonder where the number of candles on your cake doesn’t dictate what you can and can’t do.

Intellectual wellness

Follow your interests: There’s always more to learn and experience. That’s why we offer a variety of opportunities to learn, grow and keep your mind active, including arts and crafts classes, woodworking, lifelong learning discussions and classes, outings and frequent on-campus shows and concerts.

Physical wellness

Get moving: Being physically active is a great way to reduce stress and improve sleep and balance. We offer a fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool, therapy room and Jacuzzi®, indoor walking trail, outdoor shuffleboard courts, mini golf and billiards and game room.

Emotional wellness

Inner peace: You’re never alone at Lake Seminole Square. We offer specific programs to help you remain happy, grounded and balanced.

Social wellness

Be connected: According to the National Institute on Aging, socialization can help keep seniors from falling into depression, the likelihood of which increases as people age. Studies have also shown that socialization among seniors can boost cognitive abilities and fight against Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. You can get connected through the wide range of activities we offer and by visiting all the inviting places to gather on campus, including a pub/bistro.

Spiritual wellness

Keep the faith: Having an active spiritual life can lead to a greater sense of purpose. It can also help reduce anxiety and hypertension. As a warm, welcoming community that accepts all faiths and spiritual and mindful practices, we enable you to follow your path.

Vocational wellness

Stay engaged: You’ve acquired a wealth of knowledge through the decades. At Lake Seminole Square, you can pass on what you know or learn a new skill through community clubs and volunteer opportunities.

Environmental wellness

Think outside: Being around nature has been shown to help people relax and boost feelings of happiness. We offer a variety of landscaped courtyards, gardens and walking paths plus a lakefront dock and pontoon where you can enjoy the sun on your face.

Health services

Prevention and care: We offer a variety of health resources and wellness-related programs at our on-site wellness clinic.

Our Lifestyle Promotes Active Aging

The lifestyle at Life Plan Communities like Lake Seminole Square is designed around the ideas of active aging and helping you live your best life. To learn more, and to see everything we have to offer, schedule a personal tour by using our Community Assistant chat feature or contact us here.