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Wellness: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive in Senior Living

wellness programs at Sequoia Living

Are you an older adult looking to get the most out of life? Start by prioritizing the things that bring joy and fulfillment—doing so will promote overall wellness. Wellness is not just about avoiding illnesses, staying fit, and getting plenty of sleep. It’s about creating a lifestyle where you can thrive rather than merely survive.

Sequoia Living understands the importance of integrating all aspects of wellness to ensure you thrive in senior living. Wellness programs offered by Sequoia Living are multidimensional and include physical, social, and opportunities for meaningful connections. At Sequoia Living, each day brings a chance to discover, learn, and grow to be an even better version of yourself.

“Identify the people, places, and activities you love, and carve out time every day to enjoy them,” says Samantha Fargeon, LCSW and Director of Resident Services at a Sequoia Living Life Plan Community in the Bay Area. “Doing what you love is a powerful form of self-care.”

A Healthy Retirement Lifestyle at Sequoia Living

As we age, taking good care of ourselves is essential, so having support services and getting involved in activities that will enhance your well-being and bring you joy are crucial elements of a healthy retirement lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle embodies so much more than reaching a physical and clinical health measure. It’s about your daily choices, how you function around others, or what helps you relax and feel a sense of belonging. It’s about creating a well-balanced lifestyle that allows you to thrive, not just survive.

At Sequoia Living, residents explore new adventures at every phase of their lives. Staff members work hard to ensure each day is a chance to live life to its fullest, no matter what one’s current level of care may be.

Whether you join the morning nature walk, a stretch class in the fitness center, or the afternoon meditation session, opportunities to connect with yourself and your community are plentiful. As Samantha reminds us, finding time for self-care can make all the difference between coping with and capitalizing upon the changes that aging and retirement bring.

Why is Social Interaction Important to Seniors?

Social interactions are tremendously important in many aspects of life, especially for older adults. Through social interactions, people can reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness. Furthermore, Washington University in St. Louis research found, “For everyone, but specifically for our retired older adults, the people in their lives matter.”

With over 20 years of experience in residential counseling, hospice care, and senior living, Samantha Fargeon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who assesses and strives to meet the biopsychosocial (the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors) and spiritual needs of the residents. “Moving to a new community is a significant transition, and adjustment to such a change can be challenging,” says Samantha. As a Jamison Award recipient Samantha utilized the opportunity to gain insight into trauma healing and now incorporates various healing modalities such as sound baths and breathwork with residents. “I’m honored to be a part of residents’ processes as they acclimate to a new environment and a new way of life.”

Samantha with a Himalayan singing bowl in a resident's apartment
At Sequoia Living, residents have access to professionals like Samantha, who help them navigate the vicissitudes of life in a rapidly changing world. “Coping with the loss of social and occupational roles, functional capacities, and loved ones is a natural part of the aging process,” adds Samantha. “That said, a retirement community offers older adults a myriad of opportunities to cultivate new relationships and hobbies as well as bolster insight and resilience and curiosity.”

How a Life Plan Community Helps You Thrive in Senior Living

Residents at Sequoia Living enjoy more than just companionship from their new friends; they also access essential services and resources like nurses, social workers, the culinary team of a nutritionist, dining services, and chefs.

Here are five wellness benefits of community living:

  • A welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds
  • Opportunities that keep you connected
  • Communities foster your interests
  • Encourage moment and physical activity
  • In a community, you’re never alone unless you choose to be

Adjusting to retirement can be challenging, so having these services close by makes life much easier. Residents can make meaningful connections while benefiting from top-notch care and support.

What is The Prescription For Healthy Aging?

Focusing on your well-being, relationships, goals, and living environment is the key to leading a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

Samantha offers the reminder, “We have the power to direct our attention. What we focus on – and the meaning we give to it – both have a profound effect on the quality of our experience.” Our Life Plan Communities in the Bay Area are designed to foster your ability to explore, learn, and grow.

Experience the warm social connections and welcoming environment at Sequoia Living. Join us for a Dine & Discover event at a Sequoia Living Life Plan Community in San Francisco or Marin. Have questions, contact us.