In 1960, just 13 percent of American households had a single occupant. In 2023, that figure is approaching 30 percent — and it’s even higher for adults over 50.
To put that trend into perspective, more older adults are living alone than at any other time in our nation’s history. And while many “solo agers” are healthy, active and financially independent, that doesn’t mean solitude doesn’t take a toll.
Isolation, especially over the long term, can incur significant harm to mental and physical health — and may pose as serious a mortality risk as smoking or obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That risk is increasing for America’s older adults: A University of Michigan survey released earlier this year found that more than a third of adults aged 50 to 80 felt lonely or isolated, a marked increase from pre-pandemic levels.
So how can we conquer the isolation epidemic? That’s where Life Plan Communities — and the social support network they provide — offer a solution.
Mather Institute’s five-year longitudinal Age Well study, which surveyed more than 5,000 residents from 80 Life Plan Communities across the nation, found that living in a Life Plan Community is associated with greater emotional and social wellness overall. When asked, 69% of residents reported that moving to a community “somewhat or greatly improved” their social well-being.
Physical and cognitive health can also benefit from closer connections. Whether you’re competing to solve today’s Wordle or trying out a new dance class with friends, friendships give us the extra nudge we need to try something new — and classes, programs and excursions are a great way to meet new people and expand your horizons.
Just as friends are there to support you through thick and thin, the right community creates a safety net for your future. At The Mayflower, residents are assured of a comprehensive Life Plan and quality healthcare right on campus, so they never have to move elsewhere in search of care. No matter what the future brings, you’ll stay connected to your support network.
When you’re choosing the right community, culture matters —and the best way to find an environment that meshes well with your outlook, personality and lifestyle is to pay a visit in person.
At The Mayflower, our gracious, welcoming residents, dynamic social environment, and outstanding amenities and staff all play a role in creating an environment that empowers you to live better. So, when you’re ready to explore all the possibilities the future has in store, we’re ready to welcome you with open arms.
“From the moment you move in, you’re meeting neighbors, making friends, and becoming part of a wider community — and from then on, you’ll always have that sense of connection,” says Lifestyles Director Megan Basile. “There’s an engaging social atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else.”
Now is the time to get on board. To learn more about all the advantages of life at The Mayflower — or to schedule a tour — get in touch or give us a call at 407.672.1620. We look forward to hearing from you!