The Importance of a Great Community

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The Importance of a Great Community

Monday, September 28, 2020

When children are growing up, their parents encourage socialization, because they know that it’s important for their kids to learn how to connect with other people. The truth is, socialization is an important part of life no matter how old a person is. Every person has innate needs, and one of those needs is to have relationships with other people. You may not realize it, but socializing with others is especially important for seniors, for a number of reasons.

  • Human interaction helps keep people mentally sharp. If you’re interacting with different people during the day, you’ll have to use your skills of focus and concentration. You might engage in lively conversation or debate, which helps keep your wits sharp. In fact, there’s research to indicate that connecting with friends lowers your risk of dementia and boosts the health of your brain.
  • Connecting with others is good for a person’s mental and emotional health. Depression can be a problem for older people, and social isolation is a major risk factor for depression. Loneliness can take a toll on people of any age, and human connection is extremely important to a person’s overall wellbeing. In the past, there have been numerous studies done in orphanages that revealed psychological effects from a lack of touch and interaction. Just as babies are more likely to thrive with human care, the same is true for older people. Especially when social interaction involves rewarding and fun activities, it can help a person maintain a positive outlook.
  • A person’s physical health even benefits from interaction with others. Staying healthy can be a challenge for older adults, but when they live in a community with others, they’re more likely to stay physically active. The benefits of remaining active both physically and socially include reduced blood pressure, reduced risk of ailments like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, and a potentially lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness. What’s more, when seniors live in a close-knit community, they’re more likely to have friends who will check in on them, which makes them less likely to get sick or fall without someone noticing.
  • Social interaction just feels good! It’s pleasant to engage with people, sharing your point of view and hearing theirs. When you interact with others, it helps you feel connected to the world around you and allows you to share your life experience.

For seniors, a senior living community may be the perfect solution. Senior living communities that provide a wide range of activities and amenities for their residents can help them to live full, happy lives. That’s why at Parkwood Heights, we offer a variety of activities like parties, trips and outings, classes, games, and much more. Right now, our activities are limited because of the pandemic, but our sense of community is just as strong. Our residents can connect with each other while following CDC guidelines, when visitors are limited, in a safe, happy environment.  

If you’re searching for a place to connect and thrive, Parkwood Heights is a great place to live your best life. A lovely community in which to spend your retirement, Parkwood Heights is located just minutes from Victor, Fairport, Farmington, and Canandaigua. Our picturesque, 122-acre senior living campus affords many opportunities to enjoy your time with friends and family while enjoying our scenic setting. Call (315) 986-9100 to learn more about all that we have to offer, or check out our website and reach out if you have any questions.

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Bev Breen
Bev Breen / Resident

Our servers are wonderful!

Dolores / Resident

I moved to Parkwood Heights in 2005 because I wanted to live closer to my daughter. The activities department was the deciding factor. I enjoy having so many activities and events to choose from. Also, when calculating my expenses to live in my home or to live at Parkwood, the decision was made easier because the cost was about the same.

Elenore Bulau
Elenore Bulau / Resident

I have no qualms about saying the management staff is excellent – always friendly and will drop everything to listen to you.

Helen Lund
Helen Lund / Resident

The maintenance guys are so friendly and take care of our requests promptly

J. Bieler
J. Bieler / Resident

The drivers are super caring people who always do a good job

Jeannette M.
Jeannette M. / Resident

There is a great variety of activities and the staff are willing to do anything!

Ken and Bev Keyes
Ken and Bev Keyes / Family

Ken and I just want to let you know how much we appreciated having our Uncle in the Enriched Program at Parkwood Heights. His apartment was bright and inviting and the care he received by all the staff was wonderful. He could be independent, as well as cared for in relation to his needs. No matter what the day brought, the staff would tell us they loved their jobs and would always have a smile and a hug for everyone, helping to make each day a better day for those around them.

Norma / Resident

I've been living at Parkwood Heights since November of 2000. I am so happy here ~ the people are so nice and there is so much to do. If I didn't like it here I'd be a fool.

Rosa / Family

Here it is just a little over two weeks since we moved Bruce into Parkwood. I just wanted to tell you how pleased we are with Bruce’s transition and acclimation to Parkwood Heights. The entire staff and residents have been so very welcoming, helpful, and supportive.I see a remarkable difference in Bruce’s energy, health, and his avenues of interest….. We owe this to the eager and affirmative attention everyone at Parkwood has given Bruce over these past two weeks…Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how relieved, rested, and encouraged I feel since Bruce has joined the Parkwood community….




Tom & Donna
Tom & Donna / Family

On January 19th we moved mom from Florida to New York. We were pleased with Parkwood Heights, from staff to the lovely facility. It was a difficult move for mom at the age of 97 as well as us with the arrangements. From day one, all of our questions were answered and we were guided through the move as easily as possible.

Tom and Nancy
Tom and Nancy / Villa Residents

We had been looking around for about 2 years ... we knew that we wanted a spacious villa ... we came to Parkwood because we wanted to do things and they had just what we were looking for. There are so many activities to choose from, places to go and people to visit with. We love it here.