When we consider our senior years, there are a few questions that come to mind. Why and how do people live wonderfully long, engaged, and healthy lives in the homes and communities they love? How important are factors such as wealth, high achievement, low cholesterol, and exercise?
Blue Zones study
These are the questions that led the team at Five Good Friends on a journey to find the inspirational National Geographic Blue Zones study. The Blue Zones study identified locations where the world’s longest-living people continue to live vibrant and healthy lives, well into their 100s.
As you’d expect, diet and exercise play a very significant role; however, the study looked beyond nutrition and activity to examine the influence and effect of social and cultural constructs on longevity. It turned out the primary common denominator is friendship. On average, people living in these communities will travel through life with between five and six good friends. Compare this to Western societies where that number is between one and a half and three.
Strong, positive social connections are good for our health. Having someone or a group of people to rely on helps the nervous system relax, the brain to stay healthier for longer, and reduces emotional and physical pain. Research studies also show that those who feel lonely are more likely to see their physical health decline earlier and die younger.
Community and friendship
The importance of social connection, friendship and community engagement is something we promote throughout all out Teman communities. Living in a retirement village can help the majority of Australians that want to age at home, in their communities, connected to the friends and family they love, for as long as possible. A study commissioned by Apia found that 97% of people aged 65 or over had a strong desire to maintain their independence by ‘ageing in place’.
These are critical things to think about as we grow older. Starting simple services in the home that keep you socially connected and engaged with your community, makes a difference to the quality and longevity of life.
Our partners at Five Good Friends call this ‘the power of friendship’. By focusing on these fundamentals, they aim to ensure that every Five Good Friends member can achieve their goals and live the life they desire.
Did you know we have Teman retirement villages across Australia? We are located in Cooranbong, Gillieston Heights, Cessnock, and Orange in New South Wales. Brisbane, Rockhampton, and Gladstone in Queensland. Perth and Ravenswood near Mandurah in Western Australia. If you’d like to know more about living in a Teman community, the benefits of a lifestyle village, or to preview our fantastic facilities, simply complete the form below and we’ll email you an information pack.