As you consider the right retirement community to call home, be sure to spend a little time with the resident programming director or participate in an activity or two.
Activities are the lifeblood of every community and in many cases become more important than the size of an apartment or the cost of a lease. Many residents really want life poured into them and one of the best ways to achieve this is through an engaging and varied activity schedule.
If you have the opportunity to peruse the activity calendar, be on the look out for four to seven activities each day. These activities may range from morning exercise to card games.
Not only do the number of activities matter, but you should see a good variety of activities. It could get a little boring if you don't play bingo or dominoes and that is all the community offers.
One of the other items to pay attention to is the participation level in the activities. It is a good sign to see several men and women participating in the varied programs of the community.
Some people overlook the importance of activities, but when residents are spending most of their time in the same home they need some engaging and fun activities to break up the day and give them something to look forward to.