Are you a senior who is looking to move somewhere warm to spend your retirement years? Or are you someone who has just wondered why seniors tend to prefer somewhere warm when choosing senior living? Well, there are a few reasons for it. At the Mission at Agua Fria, we provide assisted living in Peoria, AZ, which averages 299 sunny days a year. We know that seniors want to spend their retirement years in warm weather and provide that opportunity to our residents. Here are a few reasons seniors prefer somewhere warm when choosing senior living.
They Can Be Outside Year-Round
Warm climates mean that even when the months change, the climate does not tend to change too much. This means that seniors can be outside as much as they want. Whether it’s to run errands, go for a walk, have lunch outside, or exercise, seniors can enjoy the outdoors. Especially for seniors moving into a senior living in Peoria, they likely do not want to be cooped up in their apartments all day and want to get out as much as possible.
The Cold Weather Can Be Dangerous
Cold weather can bring snow, ice, and strong winds with it. Not only does this prevent seniors from getting outside, but it can also be dangerous. Seniors do not have the same strength and stamina to shovel like younger generations do. Additionally, slipping on ice is an even bigger concern in your senior years, as you are more likely to break a bone if you fall. Even if you have someone who can shovel the snow for you, cold weather and snow likely mean you’re stuck in your home unable to safely go outside.
Vitamin D Is Good For Seniors
Vitamin D, which comes from the sun, is good for everyone and especially for seniors. Having a good amount of vitamin D in your system can help your bones and your teeth stay strong. It also helps to protect against certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and Type 1 diabetes. On the flip side, if you don’t have enough vitamin D, it can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and osteomalacia.
Stress Levels Stay Down
Not only does the sun give you vitamin D but it gives you serotonin too. This is a hormone that helps you feel alert, happy, and less anxious. It even helps regulate your appetite. Additionally, higher levels of serotonin in your system have been linked to a decrease in depression and an increase in self-esteem.
That’s not all—more exposure to sunlight also helps produce more oxygen content in your blood, which helps with your overall physical fitness, muscular development, and stamina, meaning there’s less strain on your body.
To put it shortly, seniors prefer being somewhere warm because there are so many benefits to being in the sun. If you’re looking to retire in warm weather, check out our senior living in Peoria, AZ.