As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s easy to spot the lovebirds in our Sunrise communities. Finding love in an assisted living or retirement community is not uncommon, and, as it turns out, it’s good for seniors’ health. A study conducted by Brigham Young University concluded that spending time with those you love has a tremendously positive effect on health and can cut the risk of an early death in half. According to the study, the longer life can be attributed to high self-esteem due to encouraging feedback from a partner, which also lowers the chances of depression.
We asked two happy couples at Sunrise on Old Meridian, IN, for their thoughts on love as they enjoy its benefits the second time around.
“Love is an intimate understanding of one another,” - Dave, 80
Dave met his sweetheart, fellow resident Gennie, 86, after sitting with her for meals in the Bistro as often as possible. Both Dave and Gennie lost their spouses and have found companionship and joy with one another in their senior years. They can be seen throughout the community, holding hands, laughing and finding happiness by spending time with one another.
“Love is the answer to all happiness,” – MT, 87
MT was instantly attracted to Joe, 81. Beyond finding him extremely intelligent, she thinks he’s friendly and funny. They fell in love after moving to Sunrise of Old Meridian as a widow and widower. Joe said, “I watched MT for a while, and then I had to wrangle her in!” The two look forward to spending their days together now and enjoy having one another to hold on to during this second act of life. As for Joe’s thoughts on love, he says, “Love is dangerous!” Though, as it turns out, this “danger” may be the healthiest kind.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living