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The Importance of Having Fun … at Any Age

By Deniese Williams, Executive Director

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes

Assisted Living and Memory Support

There is no age limit on having a good time. In fact, a number of studies have found that older adults who say they enjoy their lives have better physical health and exhibit slower decline in physical function.

According to Dr. Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, “nothing lights up the brain like play.” In fact, being playful actually releases endorphins that create a sense of wellbeing – opening the brain to new ideas. Having fun can also:

  • Help to create a sense of community and belonging – increasing socialization and combatting loneliness
  • Create hope and optimism
  • Boost your immune system and improve overall physical health

At The Cabana at Jensen Dunes, we see these realities every day. Here we have a “fun culture” and a social atmosphere, with events designed to encourage residents to interact, socialize and enjoy life. Last November, we held a “1950s Sock Hop,” an event designed to tap into nostalgia and bring back fond memories. In January, we hosted a New Year’s Eve Party and a Hot Chocolate and Snow-Making Party, where residents made snow with Insta-Snow powder. This week, of course, there will be a Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese event. And we’re looking forward to our Annual Spring Carnival this April.

Moving to an Assisted Living or Memory Care community doesn’t mean you stop living. Quite the contrary. At The Cabana, we’re reinventing the concept – creating a family atmosphere and a positive, uplifting lifestyle for everyone who lives here – at all stages of life’s later years.

Deniese Williams, Executive Director of The Cabana at Jensen Dunes, is a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing and more than 20 years experience in the long-term care industry.