How to Make the Most of Life After 65

Navigating life after 65 in a senior living setting like a Sonida Senior Living community presents a unique blend of opportunities. Here, you’ll find the support and resources needed to maintain an active, engaging lifestyle. This chapter of life, with its wealth of experiences, is enriched by a community that understands your needs and offers avenues for growth, connection and well-being. At Sonida, we’re committed to helping you find joy every day.

In this blog, we explore six practical tips designed to help our residents to make the most of their days with us. Here is what we recommend:

6 tangible tips to make the most of life after 65 

1. Stay active with daily walks or a movement ritual

While mobility varies among our residents, the simple act of walking or finding an exercise regimen you love can work wonders for both physical and mental health. Many of our communities have landscaped grounds that provide a safe and serene environment for daily strolls. Each of our communities also offers low-impact fitness classes on-site as part of our activities and wellness programming. However you choose to get moving, physical activity of some kind is very important, not just for the body but for the mind and spirit. 

One easy step to get started:  Begin with a 15-minute morning walk. If it’s cold outside, the community is your oyster– walk the halls, dining room and activity room in a loop! As you build stamina, you can increase the duration or try gentle exercises like tai chi or aqua aerobics.

2. Embrace lifelong learning opportunities

Who said learning has an age limit? Make the most of your golden years by diving into a new hobby or subject. Many senior living communities, including all Sonida facilities, offer classes or workshops. 

One easy step to get started: We recommend starting by participating in a painting class, taking part in a book club, or attending a lecture on a subject you find fascinating. If you need help finding something that works for your unique interests, check in with the team in your community! There’s always an opportunity to keep the mind sharp and engaged.

3. Eat well with balanced meals

Nutrition plays a pivotal role in well-being. At Sonida communities, we offer a variety of menu choices tailored to your individual dietary needs – and we promise the menus are never boring. We pride ourselves on providing delicious, nutritious meals. At many communities, resident dining councils work with the local culinary team to create the menu, ensuring you’ll always find resident-favorite meals on the menu.  Win-win!

One easy step to get started:  Ordering a veggie or fruit option with every meal is a great way to sneak in nutrients each day without feeling overwhelmed. 

If you prefer to cook in the comfort of your own apartment, check out these healthy and tasty make-ahead meals so you always have something nutritious to reach for when your stomach is growling. 

4. Stay connected and engaged

Senior women using tablet for online banking at home

Relationships are the foundation of a fulfilling life. Join a club or group that aligns with your interests. If you want to get out of the community, consider volunteering—it’s a wonderful way to give back and meet people. 

For those with family far away, learn how to use video calls to stay in touch. It might seem daunting, but there are many simple tutorials and even classes that teach seniors digital skills.

One easy step to get started: Ask the activity director at your community for a copy of the monthly activity calendar. Circle one event each week that sparks your interest and make a plan to attend.   

5. Prioritize self-care

We’re talking about going beyond regular health check-ups. Seek out activities that make you feel rejuvenated. Perhaps it’s a weekly spa day in your room, attending meditation sessions offered by the community, or simply sitting outside with a cup of tea and a favorite book. Self-care looks different for everyone, so find something that feels calming to set you on the right path.

One easy step to get started: Every day an alarm to remind yourself to set aside five minutes for self-care. You’ll be surprised how soon incorporating this time into your day becomes second nature and something you crave!  

6. Seek assistance when needed

Woman hugging her elderly mother

Living in a senior living community means you have access to a range of services. If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about something—be it technology, a health concern, or any other challenge—reach out. Our team is there to support and assist, ensuring your days are as seamless and fulfilling as possible.

Remember, your golden years are yours to shape. By integrating these tangible tips into your daily life , you’re setting the stage for days filled with purpose,connection and of course– joy. 

One easy step to get started: Get to know the team in your community. That way when you need help you’ll have an established relationship and reaching out will feel comfortable and easy.