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Five Ways Volunteering Benefits Older Adults


Posted on February 26, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


If you have ever worked in a soup kitchen, donated blood or spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning your local beach or park, you know volunteering is good for you!

People enjoy doing things that bring more meaning and purpose to their lives. Older adults are no different.

Here are a few of the benefits volunteering offers older adults who want to lead active, healthy lifestyles:

  1. Healthy body, healthy mind - Studies show volunteering is good for both our bodies and our minds. Among other benefits, volunteering can reduce stress, improve mood, help prevent loneliness and lower the risk of developing high blood pressure. So, for older adults with physical ailments, volunteering can actually make you feel better.
  2. Trying new things - Volunteering allows older adults to stay active. Whether reading to school children, visiting with patients in the hospital or baking dog treats for a local shelter, volunteering offers an array of opportunities to try new things.
  3. Leaving a legacy - Older adults often think about how they have contributed to the world and what mark they will leave behind. Volunteering gives a sense of purpose, while simultaneously making a positive difference in the world by improving the life of another.
  4. Connecting with others - Forging connections with people is part of what makes us human. Volunteering provides more opportunities to connect with different types of people. Atria communities are always in search of intergenerational opportunities for residents, such as working in a community garden with a group of Eagle Scouts or writing cards to soldiers with a local youth group.
  5. It’s enjoyable - When an Atria resident who volunteers at the library was asked why volunteering is important to her, she said, “It’s fun, and it gives me something to do.”She’s right; being a small part of something much larger than yourself is just plain fun.

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Setting Goals and World Records: Meet Atria Darien’s Inspiring Rowers - Atria Senior Living Blog

Setting Goals and World Records: Meet Atria Darien’s Inspiring Rowers


Posted on January 17, 2017 by Kacey Roby


A buzz was building within Atria Darien. Waldo, Sally, Sid, Dick, Paula, Lois, David and Dotty had been looking forward to this day for weeks. Months earlier, rowing had never even entered their minds. Searching for the next fitness adventure for their residents, Atria reached out to Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking and introduced the sport to them. After weeks of practice and setting higher and higher goals for themselves, they discovered a love of rowing. Today, this inspiring group of residents is not only gaining strength and reaching fitness goals, but is also setting world records.

This is their story.


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Achieve Your New Year’s Goal Point by Point – Atria Senior Living

Achieve Your New Year’s Goal, Point by Point


Posted on January 3, 2017 by Billie Jean King


Billie Jean King is a winner of 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a champion for social change and equality. She serves as Atria’s Well-Being Coach.

There’s something about the arrival of a new year that motivates us to become better versions of ourselves. The excitement of starting with a clean slate inspires us to make positive changes in our lifestyle like becoming more fit and committing to spend more time with the people we love. (more…)


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Theres No Age Limit to Making a Difference - Atria Senior Living Blog

There’s No Age Limit to Making a Difference


Posted on November 29, 2016 by Kacey Roby


Science shows that volunteering is good for you. Not only does it make you feel good and help you to live longer, 96% of those who volunteer say it enriches their sense of purpose in life.

It is almost impossible to visit an Atria community and not find residents involved in some sort of civic engagement. We call our events program Engage Life® because that’s exactly what we’ve designed it to help our residents do every day, in the company of friends. (more…)


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Advice from Billie Jean King: Go Grateful for Greater Well-Being

Advice from Billie Jean King: “Go Grateful” for Greater Well-Being


Posted on September 8, 2016 by Billie Jean King


Billie Jean King is a winner of 39 Grand Slam Tennis Titles, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a champion for social change and equality. She serves as Atria’s Well-Being Coach.


Every day when I wake up, I take a few moments to think about all I am grateful for in my life: family, friends, my health, having a platform to address issues I am passionate about, and having another day to help others. There is no better way to set ourselves up – mentally, emotionally and physically – to have a terrific day. When we become present to all the goodness and wonder around us, we open ourselves to experiencing greater happiness and fulfillment. (more…)


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Doing Away with Labels and Restrictions - Atria Senior Living

Doing Away with Labels and Restrictions


Posted on August 26, 2015 by Billie Jean King


Nearly 42 years ago this year, I accepted a challenge to play in a tennis match known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” Ultimately I won the match, but many people may not remember that I was behind for the first set and things weren’t looking very good for me. However, I was determined to win given the importance of the match: to bring attention to equality. (more…)


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