Causes of Loneliness in the Elderly – How Residential Park Living Can Help!
Age UK lists ‘neighbourhood characteristics’ as a potential factor associated with becoming lonely as you approach old age. The structure of the building / street as well as territorial boundaries and neighbourliness may be some of the reasons that contribute to a feeling of isolation and loneliness in the elderly. National studies show that over 1 million older people in the UK say they feel lonely often or all of the time and this can be as harmful for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.1
Living in a residential park home can help. They are a fantastic option for retirees as they actively combat some of the major causes of loneliness. Retiring to Riverside Meadow will mean you benefit from:
A Friendly Community Spirit
Living in a residential park will mean you are surrounded by a community of friendly, like-minded people. Other park home owners will be of a similar mindset and likely to share your interests too. There will be plenty of opportunities to make friends with other residents and it is easy to visit neighbours who will only be a short walk away! The neighbourly, community-driven spirit means everyone will look out for each other. Even those who are living alone will still see plenty of friendly faces when residing in a retirement park.
Similar Age Group
Everyone in the community will be either retired or semi-retired, meaning everyone is of a similar age range. This has many benefits such as shared attitudes and interests, making for easy conversation starters.
Having friends round for tea and cake or popping out to do some shopping or maybe even a round of golf? There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Riverside Meadow. Located on the outskirts of Topsham with easy transport links to Exeter and Exmouth, there is plenty to do in the local area and it is easily accessible for a relaxing day out. Social relationships and activities are a fantastic way to tackle loneliness and ensure older people do not feel socially isolated.
Riverside Meadow is a safe and welcoming environment located on the banks of the River Exe. The park is private and peaceful and away from the general noise and disruption a busier city life might entail. Furthermore, the homes themselves are protected by a 10-year structural warranty, giving you extra security and peace of mind.
Sense of Belonging
Living in a community with like-minded, similarly aged people can boost a sense of belonging and thus increase the mental and physical well-being of older adults. Regularly speaking with people in the park can decrease isolation and make people feel like they belong.
Park home living can help to combat some of the feelings of loneliness that come with later life. Riverside Meadow is a brand new development in South Devon with 20 homes for sale. We’re a family run business with 28 years of experience in the field and our friendly and personal approach ensures a happy and comfortable living experience.
If you’d like to learn more about our luxury retirement properties, please enquire now to avoid disappointment. Call 01392 874771 for more information or to arrange a viewing or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.