The number of senior citizens in Kansas that are choosing to move in to assisted living communities is rising, according to KWCH12. The news source reports that the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging estimates that the number of people over the age of 60 in Wichita, Kansas is expected to grow by as much as 40 percent, and that the city is beginning to take steps to build more retirement communities.
"I think builders and providers are starting to see the need for more housing options," Central Plain Area Agency on Aging's Annette Graham told the news provider.
The organizations are beneficial to residents like Dick Brown, who moved there two years ago with his wife after he began battling cancer. Due to their social aspects, assisted living communities can also be very helpful to elderly individuals who are suffering from loneliness or depression.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that group-based physical activity can significantly reduce depression symptoms in older adults. WebMD reports that despite the fact that more than 6 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from late-life depression, only 10 percent receive treatment.