By Greg Pascucci
Research indicates that the aging process is different for men and women. Not only are the responses from the body different but so is the male/female psychology on getting older.
According to a study, older men cited the following concerns about aging:
Independence—The Boomer Project, a leading authority on insights about the 50+ market, revealed that 90 percent of seniors reported their greatest fear is the loss of independence.
For men, especially, limited driving or the inability to drive their cars greatly contributed to this feeling. The Center for Disease Control’s recent study on older drivers showed that 57 percent of men reported they avoided driving under certain conditions (weather, heavy traffic and time of day, etc.) which contributed to their feeling of a loss of independence. Taking this into account, many senior living communities offer transportation services, enabling residents to take advantage of the wealth of programs offered – both day and night – throughout their respective cities.
For example, at The Carlisle, a luxury retirement community in North Naples, curbside transportation service is provided to a wide variety of venues – from museums to concerts and sporting events. Though many residents who move to the community still drive, once they realize the convenience of The Carlisle’s transportation services and the wealth of destinations served, they soon opt for the community to handle the driving.
For many, the maintenance-free lifestyle offered at a senior living community provides more options as to how they choose to spend their day, which in turn heightens their sense of independence.
Relevance in Retirement—Geriatrician Laurie Jacobs, director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, points out that men fear retirement because it’s how they define themselves and how they fill their time.
Senior living communities offer a variety of lifestyle options, affording residents the ability to reinvent themselves.
The Carlisle is perfect for those looking to start a fresh chapter post-retirement. There are numerous opportunities to remain vibrant, active and engaged. Interested in learning a new hobby? Want to volunteer with a local charity? The choice is yours.
“Several Carlisle residents have now found time to serve as board members to organizations; author novels and memoirs; and become award-winning athletes through our annual Summer Senior Olympic Challenge,” added Diamond.
Change in Muscle Mass—Nearly 9 in 10 people surveyed by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging stated that feeling weaker was the most dreaded part of aging.
According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, exercise appears to slow the shriveling of the protective tips on bundles of genes inside cells, which may stave off frailty.
The Carlisle offers a variety of fitness and wellness programs designed to help residents lead healthier lives. A weekly aquacise class, for example, provides a well-balanced workout that delivers aerobic training, builds muscular strength and endurance, increases flexibility and helps maintain a healthy body composition.
The community also has a state-of-the-art fitness center with equipment specially designed for older adults. The machines provide both strength and cardio benefits and are well suited for residents looking to maintain or begin a fitness regimen.
“The men at The Carlisle enjoy great camaraderie and can often be found exchanging stories and sharing a laugh,” added Executive Director Bill Diamond. “Here, age is just a state of mind; you’re as young as you feel. Plus, they’re surrounded by others who are sharing the experience. This is especially meaningful.”
Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and a complimentary full breakfast plus choice of lunch or dinner in the community’s gourmet-style restaurant. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit www.TheCarlisleNaples.com.
The Carlisle, a luxury, resort-style senior living community in North Naples, offers both Independent and Assisted Living lifestyles. Available on a monthly fee basis, the ECC-licensed and CARF-accredited community boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities. Located on Airport-Pulling Road, between Pine Ridge and Immokalee Roads, the award-winning community’s lush tropical environment is highlighted with meandering walking paths around three lakes and tranquility gardens. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Director of Marketing Greg Pascucci at 239-221-0017.