Seniors May Benefit from Moving into a Community

Atria Senior Living and the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) recently published the results of a six-month survey looking at satisfaction of seniors living in independent and assisted living communities.
The study suggests that seniors in congregate living situations can experience greater subjective well-being in this type of setting.
Keep in mind this was a small study of 28 people already living in an Atria community. Some might suggest this as being self-serving. After all, isnäó»t the purpose to conclude that there are valuable reasons not to live at home and seek community living? Nonethelessäó_.
Six items were tested to gauge well-being and life satisfaction among participants.
  • Satisfaction with Life
  • Positive Effect
  • Negative Effect
  • Mastery of Environment
  • Purpose in Life
  • Positive Relationships
The authors contend that 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.
Residents who participated in the study exhibited significant improvements between the first and second administrations of the study on four of the six measures, indicating a favorable assimilation into their senior living community.
Khristine Rogers, Vice President of Active Aging with Atria Senior Living says äóìOur ultimate goal is to continually createŒæbetter and more seamlessŒætransitions into senior living communities, not justŒæfor the residents we serve, but for the aging population at large.