The time in life you’ve been waiting for is finally approaching. After years of hard work and responsibilities, careers or raising a family, the reward of retirement is just around the corner.
Living well during this time takes planning and preparation but it’s worth it to achieve your well-deserved dream. If you are still considering your goals or if you haven’t finalized the how and where – we can help.
Features for Living Well in Retirement
Retirement ambitions can be different for each individual so you will want to make sure you personalize any plans that you make. But there are a few general elements that tend to make it on everyone’s list. Consider the following ideas to help get you started:
1. An accessible home
Your home is where you’ll launch your new retirement lifestyle and you’ll want to make sure it is age-friendly and accessible. If not, consider the renovation expense and whether there will still be other significant features missing to create your dream retirement. It might be more affordable to move.
2. Assistance if needed
You may need a helping hand with a few of life’s daily tasks to fully enjoy your retirement, either now or in the future. You might want to consider if you have family or friends who can help out or if you have access to paid assistance with such items as maintaining the home, meal preparation or managing your medications.
3. Opportunities to meet and make new friends
Loneliness and social isolation can occur more frequently when we grow older and the effects of each can negatively impact both physical and cognitive health. In fact, the increased risk may rival those experienced with smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. You’ll want to ensure you have access to friends and family or opportunities to meet and make new friends.
4. Activities and social events
Remaining active and engaged in life is essential for your health. The benefits are many, including lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Along with improving your mood, you may also delay symptoms of dementia. Days can be long when there is nothing to do. Make sure you have access to several options.
5. Fitness and exercise classes
The advantages of exercising extend to both your body and brain. Muscle-strengthening exercises help with flexibility and yoga or tai chi can better your balance and reduce the chance of falls. Remember, you’ll also reap the benefits even if you’re having fun while staying in shape. Join others in a class or try dancing, swimming or taking a brisk walk with friends.
6. Lifelong learning opportunities
To age and live well, you never want to stop learning. Continue to challenge your brain with stimulating activities. There is no shortage of possibilities and the advantage for retirees is that they may now have the time to explore interests. Consider learning a new language, musical instrument, writing your family history or traveling.
7. Transportation options
Even if you’re still driving, you may want to look ahead to the time when you’d rather leave the traffic and parking headaches to someone else. Do you live where there are transportation alternatives or have family and friends that could provide rides? You might want to check into mass transit or other ride sharing programs.
8. Safety and security
It’s not uncommon to experience more anxiety as the years pass, especially if living alone. Worrying about what to do if becoming ill or injured can become more frequent. You’ll want to make sure your home is safe and you might want to consider adding a personal alert system.
Retirement lifestyle highlights of Wadsworth
If you choose Wadsworth as your retirement location, you’ll find opportunities to relax and activities to participate in, including the perfect place to take the grandchildren when they visit. Patch 22 offers pony rides, petting farms and hayrides.
Retirement living in Wadsworth also includes nearly 200 stores to visit at Gurnee Mills, located in nearby Gurnee. Looking forward to spending time in nature? Schedule a visit to the Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve.
You’ll also discover activities and adventures in Waukegan, only a few miles southeast. Take in a movie or attend a concert at the Genesee Theatre. If you’re looking for a recreation area, Bowen Park includes an old-growth forest and ravine. Visit the Waukegan History Museum as an indoor activity or when the weather warms, plan a trip to the Waukegan Municipal Beach and take a walk on the sand. You’ll also discover several parks, for both people and dogs, as well as churches, breweries and fishing charters if you’re eager to make your catch.
For those who are ready for a maintenance-free and activity filled life, locally owned and operated Galloway Senior Living provides luxury and quality retirement living in Wadsworth.
Retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois
Galloway Senior Living, locally owned and operated, provides luxury and quality care for families in our community.
Assisted Living at Galloway Senior Living offers beautiful and contemporary private residences that range from alcove studios to two-bedrooms and include high-end stainless-steel appliances, maple hardwood cabinets, cultured marble countertops and thoughtfully curated décor and colors.
Our Memory Care community offers a family kitchen, dining room, walking garden, and lounge.
Our services include:
- 24-hour certified nursing assistants, on-staff licensed nurses, medication management, and on-site physician visits
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Readily available safe transportation
- A fall-reduction program
- In-unit emergency response systems including an electronic monitoring system for exit doors
- On-site entertainment and activities personalized to reflect the residents’ preferences
- Housekeeping and linen services including personal laundry
Amenities you’ll find at Galloway Senior Living include:
- Country Café and Convenience Store
- Salon and Spa
- Theater with 85” television
- Activity and Craft Center
- Game Room
- Library and Business Center
- Fitness Center
If you or your family is considering retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois, we hope you will visit our community at Galloway Senior Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
We also invite you to download our complimentary information, Family Decision Toolkit: How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community.