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New Year, New You: Resolve to Make 2019 a Year of Change

By Greg Pascucci

January offers a fresh, new opportunity to reflect on your goals for 2019. While resolutions are encouraged, it’s important to make them measurable and quantifiable in order to stay motivated.

According to a survey completed by older adults, the following five resolutions were cited most frequently:

1. Stay Fit and Healthy
Studies have shown that regular exercise and staying physically active provides many health benefits. Even moderate exercise has been linked to improved overall health. In fact, the National Institutes of Health found that exercise is beneficial to seniors, regardless of age!

Many senior living communities offer a variety of fitness and wellness programs designed specifically for residents – whether they are lifelong fitness enthusiasts or just beginning a more active lifestyle. At The Carlisle Naples, a senior living community, a state-of-the-art fitness center offers one-on-one instruction and specialized fitness equipment. Additionally, with classes ranging from aqua aerobics to virtual fitness games such as Wii bowling and golf, residents can choose from programs that best meet their fitness objectives.

2. Learn Something Exciting
Just like a fitness program for your body, your brain needs to be stimulated with challenging workouts. Scientific research has proven that taking a class in just about any subject can improve one’s cognitive abilities, rejuvenate memory and slow the onset of dementia-related disorders.

At The Carlisle, the monthly activity calendar is filled with interesting educational programs and classes. Local professors often visit the resort-style community to share their knowledge on a variety of subject matter. Ongoing weekly classes such as Current Affairs, Money & Investing Roundtable and Tech Buddies also provide opportunities for educational pursuits.

3. Socialize With Friends and Enjoy Life
Recently, there has been increased attention on the importance of maintaining and forming new social

circles. Experts on aging have long suspected that socialization improves physical and emotional well-being, increases mental alertness and encourages a more active lifestyle.

Retirement communities offer residents the perfect environment to engage with neighbors. At The Carlisle, meeting new people and continuing friendships is made easier with a variety of social and recreational events. Weekly card and board games offer a more intimate setting for friends to gather while events such as the annual Summer Olympic Challenge involve the entire community. There are also meetups geared to residents’ interests, enabling The Carlisle’s newest residents to quickly forge new friendships.

4. Volunteer and Help Others
Findings by “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” found that adults who volunteer had a more active lifestyle—both physically and mentally—which reduced the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and depression.

A senior living community provides the perfect complement of peace of mind for the future while affording residents the opportunity to continue to be engaged in charitable and meaningful endeavors. The Carlisle’s maintenance-free lifestyle means residents can spend each day as they wish. Many choose to volunteer within the community by serving on the Resident Council or Welcome Committee, while others prefer to be involved in the greater community, volunteering at hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

5. Complete Household Renovations/Repairs
Seniors often find the new year may be the perfect time for home renovations and repairs. They want to retrofit their homes to meet their changing needs. However, renovating is like layers of an onion. One thing can be overlaid and dependent of another. What might begin simply as the installation of grab bars in the shower can easily turn into the widening of doorways or the lowering of kitchen counters.

Retirement community residents don’t spend time worrying about repairs to their residences. It’s all included in the monthly fee. From replacing light bulbs to fixing a leaky faucet, it’s all taken care of by a professional, courteous staff. At The Carlisle, residents’ days aren’t planned around repairmen; therefore, they can continue their daily activities without interruption.

“Seniors wanting to discover new experiences, innovative surroundings, extraordinary health and fitness opportunities and the ease of a maintenance-free need only visit our community,” said Executive Director Bill Diamond. “For everyone resolving to make 2019 a year of change, I say, it’s a new year; discover a new you today.”

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.

Luxury Rental Retirement Living
6945 Carlisle Court, Naples, FL 34109
239-221-0017 . www.srgseniorliving.com

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