Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? And if so … how many of them have you kept so far?

“Most of us have all good intentions when we make New Year’s resolutions, but follow-through can be very difficult,” says Mary Ellen Thieroff, Marketing Director of Royal Oaks, an established Life Plan Community in Sun City, AZ. “Many resolutions like eating better, getting more exercise and others require a shift in the way we think and do things, and that can be hard when we’re stuck in the same old routine.”

But making a big lifestyle shift – like moving to a senior living community – can actually help you keep those resolutions, Mary Ellen says. “These communities are designed to offer a full continuum of senior living services to older adults, from independent living residences to assisted living, memory support and long-term complete supportive living,” she says. “The services and amenities like you’ll find at Royal Oaks focus on all dimensions of wellness, from physical to mental to emotional and more, that provide an engaging and nurturing environment that help seniors live better, live healthier and even keep their New Year’s resolutions.”

How does a community do that, exactly? Here are several ways senior living can help older adults make and keep New Year’s resolutions.

You enjoy a more active life.

Physical activity is the best thing seniors can do to help maintain their health. An active lifestyle is one of the core components that come with a senior living community, and it’s easier to accomplish than living on your own. At Royal Oaks, for example, our Evergreen Fitness Center, heated indoor pool, heated outside walking pool and campus trails entice residents to get out and get moving.

Wellness programs are a key tenant of life at senior living communities, and you’ll find everything from fitness machines, exercise classes and fun group activities. Plus, you don’t have to pay a gym membership or drive anywhere in order to benefit. It’s all located right on-campus – and everything from the classes to the machines to the training are all tailored to meet a senior’s specific fitness levels.

You’ll benefit from better nutrition.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone cook for you three meals a day? That’s what you can expect at a senior living community. Luxury communities like Royal Oaks offer daily meals and 24/7 access to nutritious snacks. This makes it a whole lot easier to keep to a healthy diet (and sticking to your New Year’s resolution).

Gone are the days of mushy and tasteless food that’s on the same level as cafeteria food. These days, senior living communities offer high-end dining in a restaurant-like setting, with rotating menus filled with locally sourced ingredients, fresh seasonal produce and sustainable options. Kitchens are staffed by professional chefs with a robust kitchen staff, and an on-site nutritionist works closely with them to develop meals that meet the nutritional and dietary needs of older adults while still remaining delicious.

Your social life improves.

Staying socially active as we age is incredibly important to healthy aging. But as we get older, it’s harder to stay in touch with friends and family. It’s not uncommon for seniors living on their own to develop loneliness, anxiety and even depression. At a community like Royal Oaks, though, staying socially active is as easy as walking outside your door.

It’s very common for senior communities to have many, many opportunities to mingle with other residents as well as the community at large. On a regular day, you’ll join friends for meals, exercise classes and nightly events. But there are also off-site excursions, special groups and, of course, your own adventures that you’re encouraged to go on. One of the biggest reasons today’s active and independent seniors move to a community – those who are healthy and don’t require any advanced health services – is because of the active social life available at a community.

Your brain stays sharp.

Cognitive exercises and keeping your brain stimulated can help reduce the incidence of issues like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of depression. Mentally challenging activities like learning a new hobby or skill, going back to school or starting a new career have a variety of benefits for your brain – and your health. Keeping your mind active starts by participating in activities that interest and excite you, as well as expose your mind to new ways of thinking and different topics.

Senior communities have started to focus more on keeping residents’ brains healthy as part of an overall focus on wellness. This can range from hobbies, activities and events to games and technologies that have been developed and formulated to keep brains active.

You live a happier, less stressed and more carefree life.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for anyone when it comes to adopting a healthy new habit is, well, our old habits. We can start off with good intentions, but things like chores, home upkeep and all the little things we deal with in life can add up making it easy to fall back into our old habits. Enter the maintenance-free lifestyle at a senior living community.

Everything is handled by the on-site staff, from upkeep and repairs, grounds care, housekeeping, events, dining and everything else – we take care of the details. You just have to show up – and enjoy your retirement lifestyle.

“Living at Royal Oaks, you can truly get the best of all words and keep your New Year’s resolutions while you’re at it,” says Mary Ellen. “You’ll enjoy a vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle, a wonderful location and high-end, well-appointed homes. Here, you’ll find an innovative environment that keeps you connected and a casual yet energetic atmosphere rich with possibilities. It’s the perfect way to begin – and embrace – the new year.”

A vibrant oasis in the heart of Arizona.

If you love the idea of living in a community that sees the world a little differently – welcome home to Royal Oaks. Come discover the extraordinary when you reach beyond the familiar. You’ll have the time of your life in our Life Plan Community, exploring the almost endless possibilities.

Conveniently located near Phoenix in Sun City, Arizona, our upscale senior living community is an oasis of 50+ lush acres featuring a myriad of plants, trees and rose gardens. We are a nonprofit community that offers a full continuum of senior living services and care to older adults, including independent living, assisted living, memory support and complete supportive living. Continual improvements to the campus have resulted in state-of-the-art communal and private areas. Our main building bustles like Grand Central Station, complete with all the amenities of a small city.

With state-of-the-art technology, beautiful residences and engaging programs and amenities, Royal Oaks was designed with a focus on the future and all its potential. We invite you to visit our vibrant retirement community near Phoenix and get a taste for the good life. Call 623-377-7663 today to schedule a personal tour.