There’s a common perception that retirement is a relaxing time free from the worries of work and raising a family.
“We see some seniors sail into retirement and some who experience stress around the family move, especially as they research transitional living options. Money management, health issues, and the loss of friends and loved ones can also take their toll, which is why stress management remains an important goal throughout our lives,” said Oak Park Community Manager Dana Serino.
Diet & Nutrition for Retiring Seniors
A good diet can also provide the nutrition a person needs to maintain overall health. Some seniors, empty nesters, and smaller families eat the same foods for multiple days to avoid wasting leftovers. Living in a community can improve the variety in a person’s diet. Exercise goes hand-in-hand with nutrition as a major factor in maintaining good health. Senior communities can provide advantages here too, including indoor exercise spaces and safe, well-maintained equipment. “The best options include their own 24-hour fitness center with a full schedule of resident-centric classes designed to improve balance, strength and cardiovascular health,” says Serino, who adds, “Great programs offer classes where residents have such a good time they often forget they’re exercising!”
Downsizing and Retirement
One significant lifestyle change that addresses many stressors for seniors is downsizing. Homes of all sizes can be expensive to maintain, upkeep becomes more physically demanding, and staying in a home after the loss of a loved one can affect the lifestyle of a surviving spouse. “Independent Living Senior Communities should accommodate every resident’s need for safety, shelter and companionship, so families are relieved of stressful financial and maintenance burdens, which improves their overall quality of life,” Serino says.
Ultimately, companionship and interaction with others are powerful tools in combatting stress and maintaining good health. “With so many entertaining options and our caring community staff on hand to help fill any social needs, Oak Park truly brings residents together,” says Serino. “We welcome companion animals and provide ample opportunities for friends and family to take part in activities. And when loved ones can’t be here, our around-the-clock staff knows every resident and can identify stressrelated changes in their appearance or behavior. It’s comforting to residents and their families that we’re here to catch such changes early and ensure they don’t become major sources of stress,” she added.
Oak Park - A Luxury Retirement Community in Katy
Oak Park, a resort-style retirement community, opened to residents on January 1, 2017. Today, this luxurious community is the home of happy residents who have the option to engage in a full schedule of activities, from painting classes, fitness events, shopping days and clubs, to live shows in a state-of-theart theater, and lunches around town. The all-inclusive month-to-month rent brings residents the safety and security they need to relax and enjoy retirement living, where fresh Chef-prepared dining choices bring everything from fine dining to a casual buffet, to room service. When residents don’t feel like driving all over town to take care of daily business, Oak Park has an on-site hair salon, and general store with pharmacy services. The community also has scheduled transportation via a shuttle bus and 24/7 concierge services. Each apartment home is designed for convenience, comfort and includes a full kitchen, bathrooms with great lighting, and washer/dryer hookups. Maintenance and light weekly housekeeping are provided by the professional staff. Guests are welcome; please call 281-398-1500 to schedule your visit to Oak Park.