The Cypress of Hilton Head Island



Rev Your Engines for The 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival

One of the area’s most exciting events, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, is coming up. This motorsport extravaganza will be held from October 27th through November 5th. This year expect a full daily schedule of activities including a luxury car showcase, an aviation exposition, a black-tie gala, and so much more!

Vehicle Showcase

Hilton-head-motoring-festivalOne of the main highlights of the multi-day event is that visitors get a chance to view a unique collection of automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and aircrafts. In total, over 500 vehicles will be on display throughout the exhibition. The Car Club Expo will take place at Hilton Head Island on November 4th with entries from car clubs throughout the Southeast. Each car club is asked to choose their 10 best vehicles for award consideration.

The Aero Expo at Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation will also be taking place on November 4th. The night prior, the Flights & Fancy gala will take place, both vintage and new aircraft will be on display throughout the event. The gala will take place between the hours of 7 pm and 10 pm with tickets required. Admission price includes dinner and a full bar.

Two-Day Tickets

Many guests choose the two-day ticket option to take advantage of all the events occurring at the Port Royal Golf Club on November 4th and 5th. One of the most unique displays during the exposition is the “Life” expo featuring a range of vehicles that have taken part in 24-hour endurance racing events. There will also be racing boats showcased as part of the festival. On Sunday, the main event at the golf club will be the Concours d’Elegance (French for “competition of elegance”). The most prestigious vehicles in a variety of categories including classics, sport and motorcycles will be on display and judged during this event.

Festival Tips

Throughout the November 4th and November 5th weekend, complimentary shuttles will be running back and forth between the Hilton Head Island Public School Complex and the Port Royal Golf Club. Parking is free and the shuttle ride is approximately 10 minutes. There is plenty of seating for the event, but due to the large number of expected guests, visitors are more than welcome to bring chairs and blankets to use throughout the day to relax. There will be vendors on hand to purchase food and drink items while you attend the showcases and competitions.

The city of Savannah will also be home to many of the festival’s events over the weekend. For instance, An Evening of Cars & Cigars will take place on Thursday, November 2nd at Carolina Cigars with highlights including dinner, an open bar, and two cigars per guest. The biggest draw for the event will be the Savannah Speed Classic taking place over the weekend at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. This event takes place near Savannah’s famous River Street, and offers a road race experience with a detailed look into the logistics of racing. Spectators, drivers, crew and families can all enjoy this event.

The Cypress of Hilton Head is conveniently located nearby the exposition site for this annual event. Many of our residents love the convenience of attending the daily activities and then returning to our luxury community to unwind. For more information about our award-winning continuing care retirement community, give us a call today at 1-888-815-4571.

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Long-Term Care Planning Month: The Perfect Time to Start Thinking About Your Big Decisions

October marks many exciting occasions: the leaves have begun to change, the weather is getting cooler, and the holidays are suddenly right around the corner. However, October also marks Long-Term Care Planning Month, an important annual event with particular significance for those in their golden years.
It’s not always exciting to engage in long-term care planning, but it is a critical step that all senior citizens (and those that care about them) must take to ensure a comfortable and burden-free retirement. With that in mind, here’s what you need to consider as you begin to make plans–and why it’s so important not to put off this process any longer.

The Basics of Long-Term Care

First of all, what exactly is long-term care? Essentially, long-term care is a catch-all term used to refer to the assistance and support that many senior citizens eventually need for the various activities of daily living (often referred to as ADLs). This includes bathing, using the toilet, getting in and out of chairs and beds, dressing and eating. Long-term care typically does not encompass medical treatments or support; it simply refers to the help that retirees need to address normal daily activities that have become more difficult with age.

Why Planning for Long-Term Care is so Important

Making arrangements for your long-term care might not seem like the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, but this planning process is critical for all seniors due to the overall costs typically associated with long-term care. In general, Medicare only covers care directly related to medical issues and rehabilitation from injury or illness; it does not cover non-medical related care including required help with daily living activities. Medicaid, on the other hand, will cover long-term care–but only after the covered individual has completely depleted any assets and with little choice of facility or in-home service providers.

In other words, long-term care can get expensive quickly. Most retirees will need long-term care at some point, but programs like Medicare and Medicaid cannot be relied upon to provide adequate funding for necessary help with daily activities. Too often, the cost of long-term care can be catastrophic for the elderly and their grown children, many of whom are not in a position to provide care directly.

What You Can Do to Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

First and foremost, planning ahead can go a long way to avoiding a financial crisis once long-term care is needed. Seniors of any age can benefit from starting a savings account aimed at covering their eventual long-term care needs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Long-Term Care Planner is a wonderful starting point for seniors and their family members looking to find out more about long-term care planning with resources such as insurance options, care calculators, and guides on how to talk to your family about long-term planning.

Those retirees who are generally in good health might consider Long-Term Care Insurance. These insurance policies are tailored specifically to help senior citizens who need help with everyday activities and typically cover most to all of the covered person’s long-term care costs–and specifically the non-medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

As the average American lives longer and longer, taking the time to plan your long-term care can go a long way toward relieving yourself, your spouse and your children of the difficulties associated with daily living care in retirement.

Our goal at Cypress of Hilton Head is to craft a lively, fun-loving atmosphere for our active retirees. Located within a stunning waterfront neighborhood, the Cypress of Hilton Head’s continuing care retirement community aims to provide a county club-like setting to promote an active lifestyle for our residents in retirement. To find out more about our complete suite of amenities, activities and services, please contact us today.

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Ways to Flex Your Writing Muscles


Have you ever stopped and considered how you are exercising your mind? There are a variety of activities you can partake in to keep your brain sharp; including working on a puzzle, playing music, or practicing a sport. However, there is one additional activity that should be added to that list: writing. In fact, not only can grabbing a pen and paper help keep your mind in tip top shape, it can also contribute to happiness, encourage creative thinking, foster relationships, and help communication skills. Here are some tips on how to enjoy writing and ways to incorporate it into your daily life.


Write Positive Thoughts

Once a day, sit down for five to ten minutes and write about things you are thankful for, or positive moments from your day. If you’re having trouble getting started take a look at positive writing prompts. This could be writing about something as simple as someone holding the door open for you at the store while your hands were full, or striking up a nice conversation with a teller at the bank. Have you ever heard the saying, “There is always something to be thankful for”? Focus on that question when you are writing. Research shows that positive thinking boosts your health and improves your work.

Start a Blog

Starting a blog is a fantastic way to share your passions. The best part about blogging is you can write about anything, whether it be about times spent with family or sharing your favorite home cooked recipes. Many blog sites allow readers to leave comments and ask additional questions; allowing you to connect with others who are interested in similar topics as you. While there are blog sites that cost money, here is a list that includes free sites to get you started.

Write to Family & Friends

Is there a friend or family member you have been thinking about recently? Reach out to them by writing a letter. Ask them how they have been and catch up on past memories together. This could even lead to grabbing a bite to eat together and rekindling an old friendship. While life has become very digital, trading in your keyboard for a pen could help you feel more relaxed. Also – who doesn’t love getting personal notes in the mail these days?

Become a Pen Pal

There are so many unique cultures around the world. If you are interested in connecting with someone new, consider becoming an international pen pal. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about a new culture, you’ll be able to flex your writing muscles! Oftentimes, you can choose someone who is in a similar age group as you, mentor a young adult, or connect with someone who shares your love of gardening or golf. The choices are truly endless. In addition, becoming an international pen pal gives all parties involved the opportunity to learn a new language. How cool is that?

At the Cypress of Hilton Head, we believe in taking part in activities that foster one on one connections and share a smile. That’s why we encourage members at our exclusive retirement community to enjoy activities that allow creative thinking. If you’re interested in learning more about our “not your grandma’s” retirement community, where we emphasize active living, contact us today.

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Pet-Friendly Senior Living Communities: Why Owning a Pet Helps Your Health

Any pet owner can attest that there’s nothing like receiving a warm welcome from your dog when you walk in the door or curling up with your cat on the couch to read a good book. However, the joys of owning a beloved pet can go beyond these simple pleasures. Pet ownership can actually promote better health–and for older adults, these health benefits can be even greater. Here are the top five ways that opening your home to a pet can benefit your physical and mental well-being.

1. By Improving Your Heart Health

Owning a pet doesn’t just make your heart swell with love; it can actually make your heart healthier. Studies led by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that pet owners have lower cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure, reducing their risk of heart attack. Even if you already experience heart programs, your furry friend can help. Studies have shown that pet owners with abnormal heart rhythms or previous heart attacks actually live longer than their pet-free counterparts.

2. By Getting You Moving

Working up the motivation to exercise can be tough, but your pet can help make the process easier. After all, nothing can prompt you to put on your walking shoes like your beloved dog holding his leash. For seniors having trouble staying active, this benefit can be substantial. Indeed, a poll conducted by AARP Bulletin found that 29 percent of seniors work out more after getting a dog, while a recent study in the U.K. showed that dog-owning seniors have 22 more active minutes and 2,760 additional steps each day.

3. By Soothing Your Stress

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever owned a pet, but pet ownership can dramatically lower your stress levels. Researchers have found that the act of petting a dog or cat can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels and trigger the release of an important relaxation hormone.

4. By Laying the Foundations For a Better Mood

Being around a frolicking pet is certainly a mood lifter, but owning a pet can provide even greater long-term benefits for your emotional and mental health. For many, having a four-legged friend around provides them with a sense of purpose and staves off loneliness; these additional pet ownership benefits can be particularly valuable for retirees. Indeed, experts have noted that those who own a pet report being happier and more trusting in general, while also needing to visit the doctor less frequently for minor issues.

5. By Boosting Your Social Connections

Maintaining an active social life as you age is critical for keeping your mind sharp and your mental well-being in balance, but it can be hard to meet new friends as you get older. Luckily, a pet can serve as an instant icebreaker, helping make it easier to strike up conversations and sow the seeds of friendship. In fact, a recent survey found that pet owners were more likely to know their neighbors than those without pets, and 40 percent of all pet owners reported finding social support from the people they got to know through their pets.

Nestled in the beautiful waterfront community of Hilton Head Plantation, the Cypress of Hilton Head is pleased to offer a warm, welcoming environment for our retired residents and their four-legged friends. Our active country club atmosphere promotes fun and healthy living in your golden years with an unparalleled menu of activities, services and other amenities. To learn more about the Cypress of Hilton Head, please contact us today to find out what we can offer you.

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Looking at continuing care options is overwhelming. You may have concerns over the type of care available within the community and whether it’s a good fit for you or your loved one. Here are a few frequently asked questions about Continuing Care Retirement Communities and what they offer.

1. What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Many people mistakenly believe a Continuing Care Retirement Community is interchangeable with a nursing home. Continuing Care Retirement Communities derive their name from the concept that they provide a continuum of care. These communities often include living and wellness options like independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care. Residents may start out only needing a limited number of services, but have the option of receiving additional care if ever needed.

2. Why would a healthy active adult opt to live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities are comprised of healthy, active adults. In fact, residents must be able to live independently to enter the community. This way, they get the most out of the many activities planned by Activities Directors and Wellness Coordinators while also no longer burdened with the headache of home maintenance, such as snow removal, lawn care, appliance fixes and so much more.

3. How safe is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Unfortunately, criminals often target seniors who are living alone. At a Continuing Care Retirement Community, the campus is gated and round-the-clock security personnel are on the premises. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in residences and common areas and consistently monitored.

4. What if my spouse and I require different levels of care?

The goal is to keep couples together as they receive individualized personal and health services within the Continuing Care Retirement Community. Couples may choose to remain in their independent living home together and receive assistance through home care.

5. Are pets allowed?

Rules differ from community to community, but many communities allow residents to have indoor pets such as cats, small dogs, birds and fish.

6. How can a Continuing Care Retirement Community feel like a true home?

Modern communities are very mindful of the importance of providing the best quality of life possible for all of their residents. They encourage members to decorate their homes to give the space a personal feel. Many communities, like The Cypress of Hilton Head, offer full customization including custom flooring, vaulted ceilings, even removal of an entire wall if you choose. CCRCs are also very accommodating when family and friends of residents plan to visit. Personnel are trained to offer individualized care to help each member make the most out of the services available.

The Cypress of Hilton Head Island is available to ease all of your worries about continuing care solutions. Give us a call today to ask any other questions and to find out more about our award-winning community.

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Weekend Staycation: Charleston Plantation Tours

When you think of Charleston, South Carolina, a vision of majestic and vast estates are likely to come to mind. If you want to discover southern culture to the fullest, you will want to make it a point to book a plantation tour. Plantation tours are perfect for those who want a quick weekend getaway featuring an enriching cultural experience.

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall has earned the top spot for plantation tours year after year due to its distinction as one of the country’s oldest working farms. Built in the late 17th century by John Boone, the plantation has opened its doors to the public for tours since the 1960s. Besides touring the plantation, visitors can see the formal gardens, visit the butterfly pavilion, and take a coach tour around the grounds.

Magnolia Plantation

Built in 1670 and open to the public since 1870, the Magnolia Plantation was featured by Travel + Leisure Magazine on their list of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens.” Although the house is a highlight, the gardens are breathtaking with some of the sections dating back over 300 years. Besides the house and gardens, visitors can take a nature tour train ride through the property’s marshlands, wetlands, and forests. The tour also takes visitors past the slave cabins and Native American ceremonial mounds on the outskirts of the property.

Charles Towne Landing

Recognized as a historic landmark, this property is spread out over 600 acres and features a natural habitat zoo. Visitors love browsing around the restored village and checking out the wooden replica of a 17th century ship. The regional plants and flowers bloom all year long—making the spot ideal to bring a picnic lunch.

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Although built later than many of Charleston’s historic plantations, erected in 1851, McLeod Plantation is still rich in culture and history. The sweeping aisle of oak trees that surround the estate are estimated to be hundreds of years old with the majestic McLeod Oak suspected to be at least 600 years old. Tours are offered for both the main house and slave quarters. Group tours are led by educators who will explain the cultural significance of the plantation’s complex history.

Middleton Place

Middleton Place has many of the same aspects of other Charleston plantations: towering mansions, massive acreage, and gorgeous formal gardens. However, Middleton Place also has historical significance since the plantation’s founder was one of the original signors of the Declaration of Independence. There are also preserved ruins from buildings burned at the height of the Civil War.

Hilton Head Plantation

If you love Charleston, you’ll love The Cypress, located on our very own plantation, Hilton Head Plantation! Our continuing care facility is conveniently located in beloved Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our award-winning community is not only nearby famed southern plantations, but also within close proximity to gorgeous beaches. We pride ourselves on offering services and amenities most desired by the active adult. To learn more about our upscale and one of a kind campus, contact us today.

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Biking in Hilton Head: Why It’s Good For You

Hilton Head is one of the country’s most active biking communities, with miles of gorgeous bike paths appropriate for cyclists of all skill levels. For the island’s retirees looking to remain active in their golden years, this is excellent news. Cycling is one of the best activities for maintaining your health as you age, and choosing to take your biking outdoors offers a myriad of mental and physical health benefits. Whether you are already an avid cyclist or you haven’t been on a bike since childhood, hitting Hilton Head’s bike paths is an easy way to boost your health and have fun at the same time.

How Cycling Can Help Keep You Healthy as You Age

Most Americans understand the importance of staying active in retirement, but cycling is often overlooked in favor of other activities like walking or swimming. In fact, cycling is an excellent option for older adults concerned about impact to their joints, as cycling involves a steady and smooth motion that doesn’t stress the knees or ankles. Moreover, cycling provides the same benefits as other regular aerobic activities, including weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.

You don’t need to be in excellent shape to begin bike riding. You can start on flat paths to build your strength and stamina; there are even electric bikes to provide you with a helpful boost that you may need at the beginning (and these bikes are legal to use on Hilton Head’s public paths without a license).

The Many Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Cycling indoors on a stationary bike is certainly wonderful exercise, but heading outdoors on your bike unlocks a long list of additional health benefits. The exposure to sunlight can help boost your vitamin D levels, often low among American seniors; increased vitamin D levels can help improve immune system function and enhance bone health. Apart from the exposure to beneficial vitamin D, spending time among green spaces has been shown to directly boost your immune system’s health. A study conducted by Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School shows that those who spent plenty of time outdoors experienced boosted white cell production.

The benefits of time spent outdoors are not limited to your physical health, either. A study lead by University of Rochester researchers found that time outdoors provides more energy than a cup of coffee, and exposure to natural sunlight can help regulate your internal clock, leading to a more restful night’s sleep.

Hitting Hilton Head’s Bike Paths

Decided to take the plunge and hop on your bike? There’s no better place in the country to do so than on Hilton Head. The island’s bike paths are award-winning, having received the silver medal from the League of American Bicyclists. Nearly 60 miles of public trails wind around Hilton Head, with 50 miles of additional private resort paths that you may be able to access for a small fee.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous and want to feel the ocean spray on your face as you ride, you can head out on the beach. That’s right, Hilton Head’s beaches have compact sand so you can ride your bike right along the low tide line. While you can do this with almost any bike, a number of companies around Hilton Head offer rental bikes specifically made for riding on the sand.

An Active Retirement Community in South Carolina

Our goal at the Cypress of Hilton Head is to create an active and fun-loving environment for our residents. Set within a secure and gorgeous waterfront neighborhood, our continuing care retirement community fosters a country club-like atmosphere and promotes a lively and vivacious lifestyle for our retirees. Please contact us today to learn more about our amenities and activities and find out why the Cypress of Hilton Head is the perfect place to spend your retirement.

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Give Your Brain Power a Boost: Take A Class This Summer

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Being a member at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island is better than ever during the summer! With so many great amenities available to enjoy in our community, it’s no wonder so many seniors choose to call this area of South Carolina home. If you’re having a hard time deciding how to spend some of your free time over the upcoming warm months, no worries! We have a few ideas. Why not continue learning by taking a class?

Whether you’re looking for classes that will stimulate your brain power or you’re more interested in something that will challenge you physically, there are a number of great ways you can stay active in Hilton Head this summer with a fun and interesting class schedule.

5 Exciting Summer Class Ideas for Seniors Living in Hilton Head Island

Tai Chi

The health benefits of Tai Chi for seniors are seemingly endless. If you’re in search of a low-impact and relaxing way to exercise, this may be the perfect summer class option for you! In just about 20 minutes a day, Tai Chi can help you learn to focus different mental and spiritual aspects of your mind into special exercise movements that relieve stress, promote deep breathing, improve lower body and leg strength, reduce blood pressure, improve your balance, and much more!

Music Lessons

Ever thought of trying your hand at learning a new instrument? Whether you have previous musical experience or you’re starting out fresh, taking music lessons is a great way to challenge your brain. Whether you decide to take up guitar or you’re interested in voice lessons, learning more about music is a great skill that can be shared with others. Depending on the type of classes you’re interested in, you could also learn to improve your breathing, increase cognitive function, and relieve arthritis pain!

Dance Classes

Have you always been a fan of dancing to a great tune? Or maybe you always wanted to try your hand at moving like Fred Astaire? Whether you’ve got 2 left feet or natural rhythm, dance classes can be a fun and exciting way to get out and enjoy yourself this summer. Go it alone and make new friends in class or bring a few of your best buddies along to get into the swing of things with you! Either way, you’ll have a lot of fun, and at the same time get plenty of exercise. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

Golf Lessons

It is no secret that South Carolina is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. So why not take a few lessons to help improve your swing this summer? Whether you think you’re ready for the pro circuit or you’ve never even set foot on the green, golf lessons can be helpful for golfers of all different skill levels. Additionally, golf lessons can be a great activity for couples, friends, and family members to enjoy together.

Back to School

Want to get back into a classroom setting this summer? Many local colleges and universities offer lifelong learning programs that are designed to challenge and engage students of all ages in rich academic discussions. Choose from a variety of different subjects like women’s studies, architecture, cultural views on Iraq, geology, and more. Often, these fun and interactive courses will include guest speakers, field trips, and even public speaking engagements for students.

Interested in Other Ways to Stay Active This Summer?

Contact us to learn more about other great activities for seniors in Hilton Head, or for information about life at our luxurious Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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Enjoy Hilton Head This Summer: 5 Ocean Activities & Exercises

With the summer months just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend the sunny days and warm nights on Hilton Head Island. As a favorite vacation spot in South Carolina for locals and visitors alike, there are plenty of great activities for seniors and their families to enjoy this summer. From biking along miles of sprawling beaches to hitting the water for a day in the sun, there is something for every resident of The Cypress to enjoy. So: grab your sandals and your best sun hat, and get ready to have fun under the sun!

5 Summer Activities to Try in Hilton Head This Summer

1. Relax on the Beach

If you love lounging in the beautiful weather and enjoying the sounds of the water, then a day spent relaxing on the beach may be just what you need to welcome summer in South Carolina! With 14 miles of beaches to explore, there is no limit to what you can do during your relaxing outing at the beach. Once you’ve tired of relaxing in the sun, be sure to take a stroll with friends, or if you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bike and head out for a ride.

2. Take Up Sailing

Have you ever wanted to become a master of the open water? The Atlantic coast is a great place to test your sea legs and learn the art of ocean sailing. Whether you’re interested in someday purchasing your own sailboat, or you’d simply like to head out on a chartered boat for a day trip or two, sailing is a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Hilton Head this summer.

3. Go Swimming

Whether you’re a fan of frolicking in the ocean, or you’d prefer to swim laps in the indoor pool at The Cypress of Hilton Head, swimming is a great way to cool down and stay fit during the summer months. Because swimming is a low impact sport, it’s a great exercise for people of all ages and skill levels. If you head out to the beach, make a day of it by packing a picnic and bringing a good book along for when you’re ready to take a break and dry off in the sand.

4. Try Paddleboarding

Feeling like a bit of adventure is in the cards for this summer? Paddleboarding is a fun and exciting water sport option to try this year. While it may seem a bit daring from the shore, paddleboarding is a great way to exercise in the water without over-exerting yourself. It is great for improving your balance, strengthening your core, and exercising the days away in the gorgeous sunshine.

Pro Tip
: Rent your gear from a local shop for your first few times out on the water before taking the plunge and investing in your own paddleboard.

5. Start Fishing

If you prefer to spend the long summer days with a comfy chair, a good book, and a fishing pole in the water, then Hilton Head Island during the warmer months will not disappoint. Whether you prefer fresh water fishing or taking the boat out for a fishing trip on the Atlantic, you’re guaranteed to have a great time improving your cast and chasing a record catch this summer. You can go solo for a bit of rest & relaxation or grab a group of pals to keep you company while you wait for a bite!

Enjoy Your Summer in South Carolina at The Cypress

Summer in the South is all about enjoying the beautiful weather and getting out for some fun with your friends and family! With so many great things to see and do on Hilton Head Island it’s no wonder that our residents love calling The Cypress home. As the premiere continuing care retirement community in South Carolina, it’s important to us that our residents enjoy the best services, amenities, and activities, both in and outside of our gated waterfront community. Interested in learning more about our luxury independent living residences? Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour of our senior living community in Hilton Head.

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The Benefits of Nurturing Your Creative Side as You Age

Aging well is the goal of every senior citizen. While physical activity and social interactions are important elements of staying healthy and mentally sharp in your golden years, developing your creative side can offer a wide host of benefits for your health, mental cognition and emotional well-being.

Even retirees who have never indulged in creative activities before can benefit; indeed, psychologists at the University of Toronto have found that changes to the brain that come with age can help boost creative faculties and the ability to innovate. With that in mind, here are some of the best reasons to take up painting, singing or writing in your retirement years.

Improved Cognitive Function

Creative activity has a profound effect on the cognitive abilities of senior citizens. Neurological research has demonstrated that engaging in the process of making art can produce new neural pathways as well as stronger dendrites in the brain, both of which contribute to a boost in cognitive function. Even viewing art alone can help the brain adapt and restructure, helping improve memory.

Reduced Anxiety, Depression and Loneliness

Creating art has the ability to boost the mood of seniors and alleviate the effects of depression, anxiety and boredom. Gene Cohen, the director of George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, conducted an in-depth study on how involvement with the arts affects the quality of life as we age. Cohen found that participants who engaged in creative activities reported improved morale and an increase in positive outlook.

Increased Sense of Purpose

According to a study conducted by the Journal of Aging Studies, maintaining a sense of purpose is one of six key elements of aging well. This study also found that engaging in creative activities of all kinds, from knitting to writing, helped promote a feeling of purpose and personal fulfillment in seniors.

Decreased Need for Doctor Visits and Medication

Incredibly, participating in creative activities can reduce your need for both over-the-counter and prescription medication as well as lowering your number of doctor visits. According to the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2006 Creativity and Aging Study, those who participated in ongoing arts programs experienced an improvement in their overall physical health that led to decreased need for medical intervention as compared with those seniors who didn’t engage in creativity activity.

Boosted Immune System

For those of all ages, mental outlook can directly influence the functioning of one’s immune system. In his 2001 study, Dr. Gene Cohen of George Washington University found that creative seniors have a more positive view of life and a greater sense of well-being than their non-creative counterparts, which led directly to improved immune systems.

Better Sense of Balance

Another surprising side-effect of remaining creative in your golden years: a reduction in falls. The NEA’s 2006 Creativity and Aging Study also found that creative seniors reported fewer falls as they aged while non-creative retirees saw an increase in falls.

Greater Social Interactions

Because creative activities often happen in group settings, becoming involved in the arts in retirement can help increase the opportunity for social interactions. Given that a robust social life provides seniors with a range of mental and physical health benefits as well, this is a valuable byproduct of creative endeavors.

Enjoy a Healthy Lifestyle on Hilton Head Island

At the Cypress of Hilton Head, we seek to foster a fun, vibrant and creative community for our active retirees. Our luxury Life Plan Community offers a host of services, amenities and activities that promote a healthy and vigorous lifestyle for our members. To learn more about our facilities or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.

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