By Jo Ann M. Colton
Mountain dwellers are used to sporadic bouts of cabin fever, especially during cold winter temperatures, but spring will not come our way until March 20… For seniors living alone, long periods of winter confinement and segregation from others can certainly be very difficult to endure. So, what can be done to keep Mr. Lonely from your door? February is National Senior Independence Month. Maybe it’s time to have a change of heart about your current living arrangement and take an independent stance regarding your life’s path in 2022.
If you or your loved ones are 65 or older and contemplating moving in order to enjoy greater independence and socialization, now is the time. Discover the benefits of community living at Elk Run Assisted Living.
Elk Run provides comprehensive assisted living services and options. Here, you’ll find independent living for active people 65-plus seeking more leisure fun time and less home-related responsibilities. We also offer medical, respite, personalized care, and hospice for seniors. The community requires new occupant health assessments before move-in and maintains staff/resident COVID-19 safety measures.
A Sense of Fellowship and Camaraderie
“Within a safe and secure environment, our cohesive and congenial senior community exudes a sense of fellowship and camaraderie,” said Executive Director Kristen Fite who stated that because the community currently has more residents than ever before in its history. Its well-trained 24/7 staff now includes two onsite nurses and additional maintenance personnel.
Features, Opportunities and Activities
including an on-site Tai Chi instructor
Remodeled basic one-bedroom apartment and/or studio rentals tout kitchenette/private bath, personal call system/mobility-assistance features, and unlimited snacks. Community features spotlight an elegant dining room, three daily culinary team-inspired meals, a professional beauty/barber salon, Great Room with fireplace, and a library with internet service. Residents appreciate all the amenities and opportunities associated with Elk Run senior living and happily participate in bingo, onsite community clubs/groups (book, coffee, garden…), the handbell choir, and a variety of other activities, including Tai Chi classes taught by Tai Chi Instructor Ellen Hussey.
The effects of being alone can be very traumatic; isolation can cause listlessness, anxiety, and even depression. Tai Chi can improve overall psychological health. This low impact exercise puts minimal stress on muscles/joints making it suitable for many older adults, with or without chronic conditions. Tai Chi also helps reduce the fear of falling, while offering other benefits that include improvement in balance/mobility/flexibility, leg strength, pain management, brain function, and sleep quality.
Find Your Best Life at Elk Run
“Elk Run welcome ‘lonely hearts,’” said Admissions/Marketing Director Lisa Carter. “We help seniors find the right fit for their care needs, foster social interaction, and provide innovative programming that encourages our residents to live their best life and thrive.”
Contact Lisa Carter at 303-679-8777 for more information about Elk Run’s services, programs, and living options.