Did you know your curiosity and love of learning are good for your mind and body? Research into senior health shows that the process of learning late in life offers big benefits, including improving memory, slowing cognitive decline, reducing depression and boosting self-esteem.
To enjoy these and other benefits of learning, it’s important to choose activities and hobbies that actually challenge you in some way. A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that only participants who learned a new skill gained significant benefits. If you’re ready to explore learning opportunities as a way to improve your health, keep these suggestions from experts in mind.
To get the most out of lifelong learning:
- Choose fresh topics, ideas and experiences. If you’re in your comfort zone, you’re not learning.
- Challenge yourself. Do something that requires your sustained focus as well as time and effort to develop proficiency and understanding.
- Pick something you enjoy. Do you like astronomy, history or art? Have you always wanted to try photography or learn to ride a motorcycle? Choosing something you enjoy means you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
- Learn a new language or skill. They’re among the most effective ways to improve your brain health.
- Combine the mental and physical. Now you have more reasons than ever to learn to tango, try pickleball or take up tai chi. Challenging your mind and body at the same time offers even greater benefits for your brain.
- Share what you know. Consider sharing your knowledge or skill, either through teaching a class or mentoring a student.
- Add people. Whether you’re taking a group class, teaching others or discussing juicy plots in a book club, the interaction and socializing help your health.
- Do it often. Your brain benefits most when you’re actively using it. Be sure to mix in learning opportunities — big and small — all year long.
One of the best things seniors can do for mind and body — choose an engaging place to live that fosters learning.
At Beatitudes Campus, our senior living community in Phoenix, Arizona, you’ll find it’s easy to keep learning. You can pursue your interests, gain new knowledge, learn new skills and reap the benefits that come with it.
In fact, our entire community has been built on that very idea. From the beginning, our founders created Beatitudes Campus to reflect the vibrant learning and open, welcoming atmosphere of a college campus. With more than 100 programs and activities offered every month, you’ll discover learning happens organically and enjoyably all around you.
The heart of learning here is the Beatitudes Campus Center for Lifelong Learning. Emulating a traditional academic setting, the Lifelong Learners program features nearly two-dozen non-credit courses each semester held in spring, summer and fall.
The courses continually change but often include popular subjects such as astronomy, architecture, literature, history and foreign languages. In addition to learning about art, music and science, you can also build your skills with technology you use every day such as the internet, computers and tablets. Residents manage the program, choose the classes and print a course catalog every semester.
Beyond gaining new knowledge or learning a new skill, Beatitudes Campus’ classes encourage participants to explore and discuss topics and exchange ideas without the stress of tests and grades. This dynamic socializing offers a number of health benefits, including better physical health, a lower risk of dementia and possibly living longer. Evidence suggests that socializing is good for your brain health, according to Psychology Today. “People who connect with others generally perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive skills.”
Register for a class
The classes taught through the Beatitudes Campus Center for Lifelong Learning are open to prospective residents. We invite you to register for an upcoming class. It’s a great way to experience our academic atmosphere for yourself, and without obligation.
To register for a class or schedule a visit to hear more about how Beatitudes Campus fosters learning, simply give us a call at 602.833.1358 or contact us through our online form below.
Plan Your Move
Are you getting ready to plan your move? Packing up all of your belongings may seem like a daunting task. But with a plan of action and helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to a smooth move in no time. To help simplify the process, we’re sharing our resources and tips for downsizing and planning your move.
- Ask us how we can help make your move easier and more affordable through our Moving Made Easy partnership program with Moving Station. With one-on-one support from a personal relocation manager, you’ll receive help with relocation decisions and advice from real estate experts.
- Start simplifying and organizing your furnishings and belongings now so you don’t feel rushed later. Check out this advice on downsizing for tips to make the process go more smoothly.
Ask Beatitudes Campus
As you work towards your move, we’re to help you along the way. We would love to share with you what we’ve learned over our many years of helping older adults transition into community living. Call 602.883.1358 for any questions you may have or send us a note using the form below.
Exploring The Community
When choosing the right senior living option for you, exploring the community is one of the best ways to get a feel for daily life and what you can expect while living there. If you’re following along with our quick start senior living guide, you’ll remember we discussed first setting your expectations and goals in step 1. In step 2, we provided resources for how to compare your different options.
Step 3 of our quick start senior living guide brings you to exploring the community for yourself. Visiting the community on-site is a great way to get a sense of the grounds, meet the staff, and decide if it’s a good fit. However, visiting on-site isn’t the only way to explore the community. Virtual options also allow you to discover floor plan options and explore the lifestyle and entertainment opportunities.
Take a look at a few tips for how to explore all that a community has to offer.
- Learn the facts as Beatitudes Campus residents dispel the biggest myths about senior living.
- Read this story to learn how valuable senior living Life Enrichment programs are to your health and well-being and how to evaluate what communities offer.
- Explore the video gallery to meet residents and get a sense of the community before visiting.
- Explore the virtual tours offered to get a quick peek at various floor plans, sizes, styles and locations.
- Schedule an in-person tour. The very best way to get to know Beatitudes Campus is to see the community for yourself.
- Consider joining us for an upcoming event. It’s a great way to try out our services and amenities, meet a few residents and staff, and experience Beatitudes Campus’ friendliness and camaraderie firsthand.
Explore Beatitudes Campus
As you progress on your senior living journey, keep in mind that we have lots of resources to help you with your decision. As questions arise, please reach out to us by calling 602.883.1358 or send us a note using the form below. We’ll be happy to share more resources with you and answer your questions. We’d also love to show you around Beatitudes Campus with a campus tour.
And when you’re ready for the next step, check back for step 4!
It seems healthy aging is a popular topic these days for people of every generation. Perhaps it’s because September is Healthy Aging Month or maybe because research shows how exercise and healthy eating now can have profound effects on our health tomorrow.
We know from science that there are many other dimensions of good health. At Beatitudes Campus, we take healthy aging seriously. We use a holistic approach to health and wellness that encompasses mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. In fact, we live by a fundamental philosophy that celebrates and supports healthy aging in all ways.
Leroy Calbom, who lives at Beatitudes Campus with his wife, Rita, described living at Beatitudes Campus this way, “It’s an ideal place to live with minimal demands and optimum opportunities, to respect diversity and celebrate the inclusiveness of being together as a family.”
Through our Success Matters program, you have access to a wide variety of services and resources that make life easier and enhance your overall well-being as you age. Perhaps you have questions about medical paperwork, need more information about Medicare coverage, want to coordinate transportation or have groceries delivered, find a support group or something else entirely, our experts can help.
Practicing healthy aging can help improve the quality of your life going forward. If you’re interested, read on to see how our community promotes healthy aging and independent living in your senior years.
Healthy Aging Opportunities at Beatitudes Campus
- Be Social — At Beatitudes Campus, you’ll discover incredibly welcoming and friendly residents in a casual atmosphere that feels like family.
- Try Something New — In our community, residents coordinate and direct campus programs. With more than 100 activities, you’re sure to find something you enjoy. If you don’t see what you’re interested in, you can help start a club or activity or suggest one to the community’s life enrichment team.
- Be A Part of the Neighborhood —Beatitudes Campus offers a thriving community on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. With less time spent maintaining a home, you can truly enjoy the community you live in.
- Stay Curious — Learning offers enormous benefits as we age. From the beginning, our senior living community has embraced the pursuit of knowledge. With our Lifelong Learners program, it’s easy to stretch your imagination, feed your curiosity and learn new things.
- Be Proactive and Keep Moving — Take advantage of the fitness center, pool, walking paths and other Beatitudes Campus amenities to stay active and in control of your health.
More Resources on Healthy Aging
To learn more about how Beatitudes Campus’ services and amenities enhance wellness later in life, check out our blog on senior health and fitness or this blog on how physical activity benefits older adults. You’ll also find great tips for adding healthy habits to your everyday life. (Tips like sharing meals with others to breaking a familiar routine.)
If you love animals, you’re sure to read our blog on how pets can be good for your health as you age. It also includes details about how Beatitudes Campus is a pet-friendly senior living community. We want both you and your furry friends to feel welcome.
We invite you to come for a visit and see our holistic approach to healthy aging in person. Schedule a time to join us on campus and learn about our community. Call us at 602.833.1358 or send us a note using the form below.
Your Guide to Navigating the Right Senior Living Choice
We’re back with step 2 of our quick start senior living guide. A guide to help you navigate the right senior living choice for you. This series will provide you with practical information to help you make decisions about your retirement planning. Better yet, we’ll walk you step by step through the process. In step 1, we discussed how to set your expectations and goals.
With 55 years of serving and helping seniors, we understand how confusing the process of choosing a senior living lifestyle can be. That’s why we’re here to help. With Beatitudes Campus, you can be certain that you have a trusted guide through it all.
To help keep you informed, we have lots of resources available that explain what your options are and how to compare those options, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have along the way. We have programs that let you get to know us better and build friendships before ever moving in, that help with the entire moving process, and help you get acclimated to the community as a newcomer, and much more.
However, before making any important choice, it’s best to understand all of the options in front of you. After setting your goals and expectations, it’s time to research and compare.
Compare Your Options
- Start by reading up on the basics of senior living. Our blog on how to decipher the language of senior living is a helpful resource for understanding the different options you’ll come across.
- Dig deeper into the different types of senior living options. Our blogs on Life Plan Communities, the purpose of Entrance Fees and the benefits of renting at Beatitudes Campus are great places to start.
- Use our MoneyGauge Cost Comparison Calculator to learn what financial options might be right for you.
When you’re ready for more, check back for steps 3 & 4 of the Quick Start Senior Living Guide series.
We welcome you to reach out to us with any questions you have. And if you’re ready to get a glimpse of our community, you can schedule an in-person visit by calling us at 602.883.1358 or by using the form below. We look forward to helping you find your perfect senior living fit!
The feeling of safety at Beatitudes Campus is almost palpable. If you glance around Beatitudes Campus, you’ll notice residents going about their day — from gardening or walking their dogs to chatting on a bench with friends or counting steps with their pedometers. When the temperature turns cooler in the evening, you’ll find an especially bustling atmosphere.
While so many of us might take this for granted, Robert Andrews doesn’t. Before moving to Beatitudes Campus, Robert always enjoyed the exercise and fresh air that came with walking his dog. He did so daily without giving it a thought until one day when it all changed.
“An event near our previous neighborhood made us feel unsafe, so I started carrying a baseball bat while walking our dog,” he said. “It was a terrible feeling.”
Safety at Beatitudes Campus And in the Surrounding Community
When Robert and his wife, Cynthia, began to explore the idea of moving to a senior living community, the couple prioritized a safe, secure neighborhood that would provide the freedom to enjoy life without worry. They found it at Beatitudes Campus and the surrounding 19NORTH neighborhood.
Ensuring the North Phoenix neighborhood is a safe, welcoming, walkable community for all is the goal of the 19NORTH Community Alliance, a grassroots effort that brings together community leaders, city officials, businesses, schools, faith-based groups and other non-profit organizations. The alliance focuses on the 19NORTH neighborhood between Montebello and Dunlap Avenues, from 15th Avenue to 23rd Avenue.
Beatitudes Campus’ location on Glendale Avenue is in the middle of the 19NORTH neighborhood, offering residents and staff the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living and working in an active, involved, multi-generational community.
For greater peace of mind, Beatitudes Campus takes the commitment to a safe, walkable community even further. Here, you’ll find 27 acres of interconnected walking paths and roads, green space, gardening areas and dog parks all within our gated neighborhood that’s manned with 24-hour security. You can freely enjoy exercise, fresh air, and visiting with neighbors and staff knowing help is nearby if it’s ever needed.
For Robert and Cynthia, like so many others, it makes all the difference. Today, you’ll find Robert walking around Beatitudes Campus for exercise, greeting neighbors and staff along the way.
“Beatitudes Campus is an oasis in the city. Because it’s safe, we feel comfortable doing what we love,” said Robert. “I love to walk. Now, I can do it as much as I like without having to carry a baseball bat.”
To meet more residents like Robert and Cynthia, visit our video gallery. They offer a delightful and candid insider’s view of campus life.
To take a tour of Beatitudes Campus, call (602) 833-1358 or contact us through our online form below.