A new survey released by retirement home provider Atria Senior Living and the International Longevity Center has found that many seniors may benefit from moving into a community where they can more frequently interact with others and enjoy a vibrant social life.
With a successful transition from a home to an assisted living facility, older adults can experience positive health benefits and an increase in overall satisfaction.
"Currently, there is no accepted industry standard in place for evaluating the key elements for ensuring a safe and emotionally healthy transition to senior living communities," Dr.
Everette E. Dennis said in a statement. "[This] study is the first step in an attempt to standardize the measurement of the factors that determine whether or not seniors thrive in a new congregate living environment - the goal being to help create successful transitions for older adults as they move from home to the senior living setting."
The best health benefit in retirement communities may be the social opportunities. Some studies indicate that an active social life can have the same benefits as regular exercise, due to the positive effect it can have on the immune system, according to Kroger.com.