Celebrating Best Friends at Westminster Village Retirement Community

At Westminster Village in Scottsdale, AZ, we understand that aging can be a challenging process, but having best friends by your side makes each day better. It’s never too late to make new friends, build new relationships and experience the joy that friendship brings.

Inspired by nature, relationships and lifelong learning, Westminster Village aims to bring people together and connect through community. Residents can spend time with friends, doing the things that mean the most to them – play cards, take a class, join a club or start their own, volunteer or venture out with neighbors to Scottsdale-area cultural events, restaurants and day excursions. Friends provide a sense of companionship, support and solidarity, making our lives more meaningful and enjoyable.

The Benefits of Senior Friendships

As we age, maintaining a strong social network becomes increasingly important for our overall well-being and happiness. Growing older means facing unique challenges, such as retirement, health concerns, and loss of loved ones. In such times, friendships can play a vital role in enhancing quality of life. Studies from the National Institute of Health (NIH) have confirmed some of the remarkable benefits of friendships for seniors and how they can prolong their health:

  • Improved Emotional Health: Having strong social connections can significantly impact a senior’s emotional health. Friendships provide a valuable support system that helps seniors cope with feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety. Engaging in meaningful conversations, sharing experiences, and simply having someone to listen to can lift spirits and offer a sense of belonging.
  • Enhanced Cognitive Function: Seniors who maintain active social lives and nurturing friendships are more likely to experience improved cognitive function. Engaging in stimulating conversations, playing board games or participating in social activities can help keep the mind sharp and delay cognitive decline.
  • Physical Health Benefits: Believe it or not, friendships can have tangible effects on physical health. Seniors with strong social ties tend to lead more active lives, as they often participate in activities with their friends, like walking in the park, joining exercise classes or dancing. Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining mobility, preventing chronic illnesses, and boosting the immune system.
  • Reduced Risk of Isolation and Loneliness: Isolation and loneliness are common challenges many seniors face, especially those who live alone or have lost their life partners. Friendships provide a sense of companionship and help combat feelings of isolation. Seniors who live near close friends, such as in a continuing care retirement community, are less likely to feel lonely, enhancing their overall quality of life.
  • Longer Life Expectancy: Strong friendships have even been associated with a longer life. Socially active seniors tend to have healthier lifestyles, better mental health, and lower stress levels. They also tend to have healthier lifestyles, better mental health and lower stress levels.

Find Lifelong Friendships & Continuing Care at Westminster Village

It’s never too late to make new friends, or to refer Westminster Village to your friends. 85% of new residents in our continuing care retirement community are referred from friends who call Westminster Village home. The referrals we receive from our residents and employees continue to have a huge impact on our community. We are overjoyed so many of our new residents have friends already living at Westminster Village who love it here, naturally.

We invite you to explore a lifestyle rooted in companionship here at Westminster Village, where you can celebrate your special friendships today and every day. Let’s cherish our friendships and develop new ones as we go through life together.