What are the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Independent Living?

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Whether you are thinking of moving into independent living or researching the topic for a loved one, you probably have a lot of questions. While we are happy to answer these questions about our luxury senior living community, The Cypress of Charlotte, we thought we would gather answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here for your convenience. Read on to get answers to the questions at the top of your mind (and some you haven’t even thought of yet)!

What is independent living? 

Independent living is a home, apartment, or other complex that provides independent housing for adults. Some independent living communities cater to older adults in retirement, while others cater to adults with disabilities or mental illnesses. The Cypress of Charlotte is a luxury independent living community dedicated to retirees. 

What are the benefits of independent living? 

An independent living community is designed to provide a spectrum of care to older adults. Individuals who need less care may live autonomously within the community, while individuals who need daily assistance can move within the community to a space that offers the level of care they need or arrange for in-home care.

All homes within the facility are designed for the needs of older adults. From entrances that have no stairs to bathrooms with shower guardrails, all rooms offer safeguards for adults of different abilities. 

What does continuing care mean? 

Continuing care means that residents are allowed to remain a part of the community while receiving the appropriate level of care. Residents can enjoy independent living, assisted living, or memory care in our Alzheimer’s wing. Many of our residents enjoy the stability and peace of mind of knowing they will be getting the care they need in one community where they know and trust their neighbors, nurses, and staff. 

Is it expensive to live in an independent living facility? 

Independent living facilities cost, on average, less than or the same as staying in your existing house. However, these facilities deliver greater value in terms of health care, providing a financial safety net and community. 

Independent living facilities are able to offer lower cost assisted living care due to economies of scale. You can enjoy a high quality of life without the need for additional care, then rest assured that you can get the care you need for a price you can afford, which is something you cannot say if you choose to remain in your home.  

What amenities do independent living facilities offer? 

In general, independent living facilities offer planned social activities for residents, wellness activities, healthy meals that accommodate dietary restrictions, and access to medical care. 

At The Cypress of Charlotte, we offer luxury amenities geared toward our residents’ ultimate enjoyment. Our dining hall serves chef-prepared meals, and there’s catering service too. With health and wellness, spa services, a library, and a swimming pool, our Clubhouse is the apex of our community’s social scene. Active residents will enjoy gardening, walking on the dedicated walking paths, or gazing at the lake. 

What levels of support are available for residents who need it? 

Care at independent living facilities is always tailored to the level of need. Assisted living features available to our residents include medication management, dressing and grooming assistance, housekeeping, light meal preparation, and bathing care. Staff are on hand to help with transportation, walking assistance, letter-writing, companionship, and nursing care. The onsite medical center is available 24/7. 

From progressive rehabilitation and short-term stays to long-term care, our medical center offers high-quality care. There’s even an Alzheimer’s wing onsite. Every community member receives 90 days of care at our medical center at no additional cost. After 90 days, our members pay one-half the rate that non-community members would pay. 

What types of homes are available in independent living? 

The answer to this question is “it varies.” We offer freestanding cottages with attached two-car garages. Cottages can be customized inside, and home exteriors are maintained by our maintenance crew. The Villas offer condo living with either one or two bedrooms. Villas come with balconies that can overlook the lake. 

If you don’t see your question answered here, just contact us. We are happy to provide additional information on transitioning to independent living or show you our favorite things about The Cypress of Charlotte in a personalized tour. Contact us today to schedule a visit or request more information. 

 

 

Explore Charlotte’s Museums & Arts Scene This Coming Winter

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Winter is coming and many Charlotte residents may have concerns about being stuck indoors as the weather gets cooler. Although southern winters are mild, the temperatures are cold enough that you won’t be scheduling trips to the beach or pool. Luckily, Charlotte has a rich cultural history and there will be plenty of museums to visit this winter.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Do you live and breathe modern artistic expression? Are you a fan of mid-century pieces from the modernism period? Then, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art should be added to your winter itinerary. Jazz nights and paint and wine gatherings are popular events that are added to the museum’s calendar each month. Daily admission is inexpensive with adults paying $8.00 and seniors charged $6.00.

City Art Room

If you’re looking for weekly paint and wine nights, then check out the events sponsored by the City Art Room. They have instructor led and freestyle sessions featuring canvas painting, pottery, jewelry making, and much more. Most sessions range between $20 and $30 and include all the materials needed to release your creative juices.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Racing fans must make it a point to visit Charlotte’s own NASCAR museum. Historic cars, interactive exhibits, and high definition racing shows are just a few of the things you can do while visiting the state of the art facility. Special tapings and behind the scene tours will be available throughout the winter months. Seniors and military discounts are available for admission packages.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

The aviation museum is open daily throughout the winter season and offers very low admission rates to all visitors. Examples of aircraft you’ll find during your tour include a F-14 Super Tomcat, CH-46 helicopter, and Flight 1549 – the famed “Miracle on the Hudson” airbus.

The Mint Museum

The Mint Museum has two different buildings in Charlotte, each housing different collections. The museum on Randolph Street keeps their focus on Native American artwork and historic decorative arts. The uptown branch on South Tryon Street is a larger, five-story space with contemporary and European art pieces. Tickets are valid for two-day visits and members of the museum receive free admission.

Charlotte Symphony

Also nearby the uptown branch of the Mint Museum is the home of the Charlotte Symphony. Popular shows during the winter season include the Magic of Christmas, The Four Seasons, and Handel’s Messiah.

North Carolina Dance Theatre

Home to the Charlotte Ballet, this theatre has a terrific show schedule planned for the winter season. Throughout December, you will not want to miss the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. If you’re more of a fan of modern ballet performances, January’s shows will feature contemporary dances. The company incorporates elaborate sets and breathtaking costumes into all of their performances. Tickets typically start at $25 per seat.

The Light Factory

This museum is a standout because it is one of only four of its kind in the entire country. This museum focuses exclusively on film and photography exhibits. Besides exhibits, the museum hosts special movie screenings as well as photography and videography workshops. The gallery is typically open Wednesdays through Saturdays between the hours of 12pm and 6pm.

Living at The Cypress of Charlotte will put you in close proximity to all that the city has to offer. Our breath-taking community has luxurious amenities on a beautiful wooded lot. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our grounds.

Tips for Choosing and Transitioning to a Retirement Community

Transitioning into a retirement community is much easier than you likely anticipated. Modern senior living has mass appeal because many communities are now offering luxurious accommodations and convenient amenities. Not all moves to retirement communities are based on need. Many seniors decide to make the transition because it makes the most sense financially. Consider the following as you begin to plan a move to a retirement community. 

Make the Move Sooner Than Later

Moving into a retirement community early helps you adjust better to this major life change. If you’re not well physically or mentally, the relocation can be taxing and lead to problems adjusting. Moving in early also gives you more time to enjoy the many benefits of the community such as fun outings, luxurious amenties and helpful services.

Make a Must List

If you know a community has the amenities you most desire, the transition will go much smoother. Write down a list of inclusions you want at your retirement community. For instance, if you’re a fan of long walks, you’ll want a place with nearby walking trails. If you’re the social butterfly type, you must review the community’s list of daily and monthly activities to see if they sound appealing. Meal options are also an integral part of community living. Find a center with delicious meals that will satisfy the most discerning palate.

Involve the Family

Researching communities should be a family affair. Your family members can offer their advice on options and can also do some research on your behalf. Ask them to accompany you on visits and speak to staff members. Your family can also assist you with developing a budget for your move. With their input, you could research costs and plan out your future living expenses.

If you’re worried about the separation from family members, make plans ahead of time. Keep a standing date with your relatives and friends to visit you on a weekly or monthly basis. Knowing that you’ll still have the support of family behind you will make the move so much easier.

Stay for Awhile

Before making the permanent move to a retirement community, consider an extended visit or temporary stay. Many communities encourage you to stay and test the waters before committing to a single retirement community. Get involved in local activities and meet other residents. Once you socialize with others, you’ll feel comfortable with your surroundings. Residents can also give you the inside scoop on what they enjoy most about living within the community. Talk to staff members too as much as possible. Before settling on a permanent residence, you want to get a sense you’ll be surrounded by caring professionals. Follow up with the residents and staff you meet at your visit to ask any questions you may later have about retirement living.

Get a Checkup

Talk to your doctor about moving into a retirement community. The community will be supportive as any health issues creep up or can assist with any pre-existing conditions. As an added convenience, a retirement community may have an onsite medical facility. This ensures 24/7 medical care is only steps away from home. Ask your doctor for any copies of medical records you may want to provide the community. You should also provide lists of any medications you take regularly and power of attorney paperwork.

Give Yourself Time

Don’t expect to feel right at home immediately after the move. As with any relocation, you need time to develop that sense of belonging. Decorate your home in your preferred style and make sure to hang up plenty of family photos. To help get settled, you should invite friends and family over to visit your new place. Introduce them to your new neighbors. Take part in community activities or simply have them tag along to a meal or go for a swim at the clubhouse pool.

The Cypress of Charlotte is an award-winning retirement community in the vibrant city of Charlotte. Our luxurious accommodations and versatile amenities encourage seniors to continue with their active lifestyles. Give us a call now at 866-803-4424 to find out more or to schedule a visit.    

Cool Off, Unwind, and Try Some New Wine at the Whitewater Center’s Uncorked Festival

As summer slowly eases into fall, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of Charlotte’s lovely early autumn atmosphere. The staff at the U.S. National Whitewater Center know how to make the most of this time of year – and it involves wine, live music, and outdoor yoga. At their annual Uncorked Festival, attendees are invited to sample wine, participate in a trail race, take in a live music set, and more; all on the grounds of the Center’s gorgeous 1,300-acre park. So mark your calendar for Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 and plan to come unwind!

Sample Wine From Wineries Near and Far

Wine tasting is the heart of the Whitewater Center’s annual Uncorked Festival. From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, festival attendees will have the chance to try out red and white vintages from 16 renowned winemakers. From North Carolina’s own Wine, to Water and Shelton Vineyards, to the Napa Valley’s Z. Alexander Brown and Michael David Wineries, vintners from across the country will be on hand with some of their best wines for guests to try.

For just $10, you can purchase a sample card that entitles you to four two-ounce samples of any of the award-winning options available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a take-home, USNWC branded wine glass to enjoy their drinks in at the festival.

Relax With Yoga Under the Open Sky

While its wine tastings may give the festival its name, the event’s outdoor activities truly take advantage of the Whitewater Center’s gorgeous grounds. Several yoga classes will be offered on Saturday to help you further relax and unwind. At 9:30 a.m., a traditional class lead by a certified yoga instructor will be held on the South Ridge lawn. The class is free for all participants; just bring your yoga mat and enjoy.

Up for a more challenging yoga practice? Try out the Center’s SUP Yoga class. Held on the calm waters of the Catawba River, adventurous yogis will be guided through poses while balancing aboard stand-up paddle boards. If you already have your own equipment (including a SUP board, paddle, and personal floatation device), the class is free; equipment can also be rented with the purchase of an activity pass, starting at $25. If interested, come early; this class is capped at 15 participants.

Take Part in a Race – On Land or Water

If you’d like to really get your blood flowing in the crisp autumn weather, sign up for one of the festival’s several race offerings. Runners can choose from the 5k Trail Race or the Wild Vine Half Marathon; casual runners will find the 5k option the perfect match for their level, while runners looking to challenge themselves can further their training by completing the half marathon. Registration is available online or on the day of. The half marathon kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the 5k beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Those who prefer to spend the day on the water can take part in the SUP Stream Catawba River Race. Both beginning and experienced stand-up paddle boarders are invited to test their skills on the river in this four-mile race beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. No paddle board? No problem! Rental equipment will be available on a first come, first serve basis that morning.

For all three races, the top three male/female finishers over 55 will receive awards — so bring your running shoes or paddle board and your game face!

Enjoy Live Music Al Fresco

Prefer to unwind in a less active way? Enjoy some wonderful live music while sipping your wine under the sky. Beginning in the early afternoon on Saturday, Belmont Abbey Island’s main stage will host acts from a range of musical genres. The concerts will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with a set from the country duo of Sally & George, followed by classic rock-and-roll band the Dead 27’s at 3:00 p.m. The Southern rock group, The Vegabonds, will take the stage at 5:00 p.m., and Austin, Texas’ garage rockers White Denim will finish off the day with two sets starting at 7:00 p.m. Best of all, all shows are free to enjoy!

At Cypress of Charlotte, our goal is to create a community for our residents that promotes an active, fun lifestyle in retirement. We seek to foster a country club-like atmosphere with ample amenities and services to help you make the most of your golden years. To find out more about everything our continuing care retirement community has to offer, please contact us today.  

Best Hikes and Nature Drives Within 3 Hours From Charlotte

While Charlotte may be the country’s third-fastest growing city with an impressive skyline and many rich urban neighborhoods, residents of the Queen City are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful and unspoiled natural landscapes. Incredible hiking trails and beautiful nature drives abound within a short three hours of the city’s center, making it easy for Charlotteans to escape to the great outdoors. Of the many options, these three hiking trails and three nature drives make up the best of what the Charlotte area has to offer.

The Charlotte Area’s Most Beautiful Hiking Trails

In the mood to connect with nature up close and personal? The Charlotte area is home to gorgeous hiking trails suitable for all fitness and experience levels. Naming them all would be impossible, but these three sets of trails are a great jumping-off point to begin exploring eastern North Carolina’s natural beauty.

Comprising more than 50,000 acres, the Uwharrie National Forest is home to dozens of hiking trails. Some can get quiet strenuous, but options abound for trails that are easy yet no less beautiful. The Densons Creek Nature Trail is suitable even for total novices, while the more challenging Badin Lake Trail provides beautiful views of this pristine lake.

Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg offers a similar array of hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderately difficult. One trail of note is the Kings Mountain Nature Trail, which makes a leisurely 1.2-mile loop and offers close-up views of beautiful flora and incredible fauna such as wild turkeys and deer. 

Lastly, Stone Mountain State Park–just an hour and a half from Charlotte–provides some incredible trails for more seasoned hikers. Paths such as the Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail lead you to breathtaking views of waterfalls that make the hike worth the effort.

The Most Scenic Nature Drives Within Three Hours of Charlotte

If you’re in the mood to sit rather than hike but would still like to bask in the glory of the great outdoors, one of the Charlotte area’s many scenic nature drives may fit the bill. Enjoy lush forests and breathtaking vistas from the comfort of your car on one of these three drives.

Winding its way through Crowders Mountain State Park, the Crowders Mountain Drive provides some amazing views of the countryside before climbing to the top of Pinnacle Peak. (If the drive invigorates you for a hike, the trails to the top of Crowders Mountain are fairly short and provide views of downtown Charlotte’s skyscrapers.)
Want to see some of North Carolina’s most impressive wildlife? Hit the road on the Grassy Island Crossing. This road traverses the Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge, and a waterfowl observation spot allows you to observe migratory birds resting in their natural habitats.  

Of course, no list of scenic drives near Charlotte would be complete without mentioning the Blue Ridge Parkway. Often referred to as America’s favorite drive, this relaxing drive supplies close-up views of the incredible landscapes and rugged mountains that make up the Appalachian Highlands. The entire Parkway is 469 miles long, but some of the most stunning portions of the drive that run along the Blue Ridge Mountains are just two hours from Charlotte. 

Looking for an active, vibrant retirement community in which to spend your golden years? At the Cypress of Charlotte, we aim to foster a country club lifestyle for the residents of our upscale continuing care retirement community. To learn more about our residences or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.  

How to Handle Difficult Family Conversations

Sensitive topics are never easy to initiate, especially when your conversation is with a loved one. With the added pressure of considering how to delicately handle concerns for anaging parent, you may feel like putting off a difficult conversation is better than upsetting someone. Whether it’s time to talk about moving into a continuing care retirement community, like The Cypress of Charlotte, bringing in extra help at home, or giving up driving, when you talk about reversing a long-standing power structure —things can become uncomfortable quickly. Knowing which words to use and which areas to avoid can greatly improve the odds of working toward a solution that will be best for everyone in your family.

Tips for Handling Difficult Family Conversations

Prepare for the Conversation

Information is your best tool when beginning a difficult conversation. Researching the different available resources for seniors in their home area is another great pre-conversation tool. Do your best to get an accurate idea of your loved one’s monthly income and any investments they may have; this allows you to have concrete options to present them.

Begin with Facts

Your parents may assume that you’ll take them in when the time comes for them to receive round-the-clock care and attention. If you are unable to do that, don’t feel guilty and clearly state this is not an option. Do your best to remind your loved one that you are thinking of their happiness and safety and want to be proactive to ensure they can enjoy the best quality of life.

Remember your parents can still have plenty of control over their future! Deciding to take a few important safety steps for their health and care is not a bad thing. With an ample amount of different options for their continued care, you’ll both feel better about the future. When speaking with them, remember to use words that are not demanding or devaluing. Instead of saying that you’ll be taking your parent’s car keys, why not breach the subject with an offer to arrange transportation to and from their appointments.

Starting a conversation with solid evidence is another way to communicate more effectively. If you’ve noticed your parents are having a hard time keeping up with housework or they are making regular medical trips each week, state those facts when mentioning a continuing care retirement community or maybe even a Charlotte nursing home.

If you are considering bringing in home living assistance, remember that it’s always worth giving something new a trial basis. This can alleviate some pressure and help your parents realize this is a better option for their health and well-being.

Remember to Listen

While you may have all the facts and plenty of easy ways to start a difficult conversation, it’s also important to listen to what your parents have to say. Discuss how losing some of their independence makes them feel and be sensitive to this change. Be empathetic but strong, and remind them they can still have control over many everyday decisions. If your first attempts are dismissed, don’t be afraid to try again. With the help of family, friends, and trusted community members like a physician or pastor —you can help your parents realize that everyone is looking out for their best interests.

Learn more about our Charlotte CCRC

The Cypress of Charlotte is a membership-only active senior living community. We provide high-end amenities and exceptional care services to our residents. Learn about the life your aging loved one could enjoy at our CCRC – contact our team today.

Fun Things to Do in Charlotte This Summer


Summer in Charlotte is the perfect time to go outside, enjoy the amazing weather, and take in all of the fun things to do in the Queen City. In particular, Charlotte plays host to a number of limited music and food events that are must-sees. With that in mind, here are the four limited-time events and festivals that you should be certain to catch this season:

For the Music Lover: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops Series

Lovely weather plus Charlotte’s world-class symphony: what could be better? This summer, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be holding a series of five outdoor concerts at Symphony Park in SouthPark to allow Charlotte residents to bask in beautiful music and gorgeous weather. As part of their Summer Pops series, the Charlotte Symphony has chosen a different theme for each Sunday in June, including classic Hollywood themes, famous jazz standards, iconic Broadway show tunes, and the sounds of Star Wars. In honor of the nation’s birthday, the Charlotte Symphony will be holding a special concert featuring patriotic favorites on July 1st entitled “Celebrate America!”. So, bring a picnic basket and a blanket, and enjoy music al fresco.

For the Foodie: Taste of Charlotte and Charlotte Restaurant Week

Charlotte residents who enjoy a little culinary adventure can rejoice and take advantage of the city’s two summer dining events. The first, Taste of Charlotte, brings together samples from over 100 of the area’s best restaurants as well as cooking demonstrations, live music, street performances, shopping opportunities, and more. Located in uptown Charlotte on Tryon Street, this three-day festival will be held from June 9th through June 11th. Best of all, admission to the festival is free; simply purchase festival coins to try out some of the best food that Charlotte has to offer.

If the samples at Taste of Charlotte merely whetted your palate, you also have Charlotte Restaurant Week to look forward to. This twice-yearly event will be held from July 21st to July 30th. With over 130 of Charlotte’s top restaurants participating, you can snag a gourmet three-course dinner for just $30.

For the Movie Buff: Movies Under the Stars

Those that miss the classic drive-in movie can come close to replicating the experience at one of Charlotte’s many free outdoor movie events this summer. While there are almost a dozen options to choose from, two stand out thanks to their setting and movie selection. The first, Symphony Park at SouthPark, turns one of Charlotte’s most beautiful parks into an outdoor movie theater each Friday in August.

Want to enjoy a craft beer and some fine artisanal cheese and charcuterie as you watch your movie? Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop puts on a different movie every Friday at sundown all summer long. With Hollywood staples such as Dial M for Murder, action adventure classics like Jaws, and modern comedies such as Anchorman, everyone can find a movie screening to enjoy.

Want to take advantage of all that Charlotte has to offer all year-long? At the Cypress of Charlotte, we aim to create a vibrant community that supports staying active and energetic throughout your retirement years. For more information about our community, please contact us today

Just a Walk in the Park: Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Not too far from The Cypress is over 400 acres of beautiful gardens, nature paths, numerous water fountains and the only glass house to be found in the Carolinas. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte is a great place to stroll around and enjoy the many flowers, orchids, heirloom plants, birds and other delights of nature.

There are so many great events and classes at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Whether you are into leisurely walks, learning, cultural events, or community involvement, there is something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some great ways to enjoy the gardens below.

Sip and Stroll: Every Thursday, enjoy the golden glow of the evening while sipping on your favorite beverage. Relax and unwind while strolling slowly through the many nature paths to explore. On certain evenings, you can even listen to live music at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre and purchase food from local vendors.

Yoga: Whether you are a beginner or advanced level, there is a yoga class for everyone at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Come stretch, relax, and try a variety of different poses in a gentle and supportive environment with certified yoga instructors.

Birding Walks: From passenger pigeons to Northern cardinals to the Eastern whip-poor-will, there are many fantastic birds to discover in our great state of North Carolina. Bring your binoculars and follow a volunteer guide as you learn to identify birds; and observe nesting patterns among the flowers and trees of the botanical gardens at Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail. A truly great way to exercise the mind and the body while learning about the beautiful nature that surrounds us.

Volunteer: There is no better way to get to know the history, community, and all that the gardens have to offer than by volunteering and giving back to the community. By volunteering at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, you can help maintain the grounds, give guided tours to visitors, help with specific projects, or offer your unique skills such as fundraising, entertaining, teaching, or photography. Whatever your skills are, they will surely be vital to help the botanical gardens continue to grow into the future and provide delight and education for generations to come. Volunteering is a great way to make friends and meet people from all walks of life. And you can do all of this while being outside and enjoying the flowers and plants. You can get to know each garden as they change with the seasons and share what you have learned with others.

There are many other events and ways to enjoy the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. From cultural events to oyster roasts and fine art, there is truly something for everyone at the gardens. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to peruse the many unique items available for sale and grab a cup of coffee while you are at it. There is also a glass conservatory that displays a number of different orchids and an indoor waterfall. Come and explore for yourself these pristine botanical gardens near Charlotte.

If you enjoy leisurely strolls through nature, stop by and take a tour of The Cypress of Charlotte. Multiple walking trails with lake views and gorgeous greenery wind through our campus. Contact us for more information about our beautiful, luxurious retirement community in Charlotte, NC.

Healthy Hobbies to Try This Spring

 The warmer weather of spring brings a sense of renewal and reinvigoration, and this season offers the perfect opportunity to try out a new hobby. After long winter days spent indoors, spring provides the chance to step out and pick up a new activity that promotes your health while you have fun. For retirees in Charlotte, a wide range of possibilities abound to get started with an exciting, healthy hobby this spring, and here are five excellent options for active seniors.

Cooking

Whether you spent decades making family dinners every night or you have generally relied on take-out, taking the time to hone your cooking skills is one of the easiest and most effective hobbies that you can take up to boost your health. Cookbooks and online classes aimed at teaching healthy and money-saving cooking tips are all over the Internet. If you learn better from an actual instructor, or would prefer to mix your cooking instruction with socializing, Charlotte offers many cooking classes in a range of healthy cuisines. In particular, Whole Foods’ Salud! Cooking School provides classes in a variety of cuisines and basic cooking techniques.

Dancing

Numerous studies have shown that dancing can provide a wide range of health benefits, from improved heart health to stronger bones to lower weight. Dancing is more than just great exercise, though. Whether you’re a novice or you’ve been cutting a rug for years, dancing is fun and exciting, and joining a dance class or club can offer you the opportunity to interact with your peers. Options abound throughout Charlotte for low-cost and easily-accessible senior dance classes. At Open Door Studios, beginners and experienced dancers alike can take classes in ballet, jazz, and hip hop, while the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department hosts line dancing classes for seniors at the West Charlotte Recreation Center.

Volunteering

Volunteering in your community is a great way to stay active in retirement and physically engaged with the world around you. Moreover, the benefits for your social, mental, and emotional health, provided by the sense of fulfillment and purpose produced through volunteer work, cannot be underestimated. Whether you want to become involved with an ongoing volunteer organization or you’d prefer to try out single-day volunteering opportunities, Charlotte has a wide range of options for volunteers of all ages. Hands on Charlotte maintains a helpful calendar outlining upcoming volunteering opportunities of all kinds.

Yoga

The list of benefits that yoga can provide for your physical and mental health is extensive. While ongoing yoga practice can help you build physical strength, improve your cardiovascular performance, and boost your circulatory health, regular yoga sessions can also make you feel more energetic, less stressed, and more mindful. What’s more, yoga is extremely adaptable, and adults of all ages and fitness levels can adjust the range of yoga poses to meet their needs. Residents of Charlotte can take advantage of the city’s many free and low-cost yoga classes. The Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood hosts a weekly free outdoor yoga session on Mondays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, while the Mint Museum‘s free Wednesday evening gallery tours also feature an hour-long low-priced yoga class.

Walking

Ultimately, is there any better way to boost your health and enjoy the lovely spring weather than simply going for a walk outside? Besides being excellent for your physical health, walking is extremely accessible. After all, all you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a place to walk. For added social benefits, retirees in Charlotte can take advantage of the city’s many walking and hiking clubs to find company as they explore new walking paths. From women’s walking groups to walking clubs aimed specifically at retirees, Meetup can help you find the perfect walking club for your fitness level and social requirements.

Get Active at Our Retirement Community in Charlotte, NC

The vibrant and active community at The Cypress of Charlotte helps foster a healthy and active lifestyle for our retirees. As a luxury continuing care community, we offer a wide range of amenities, activities, and services that are designed to promote a fun and thriving atmosphere for our residents. To learn more about our facilities or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.

Build Your Social Life in Senior Communities


Social health and mental fitness are as important for aging well as physical health, but many senior citizens find it challenging to keep up a busy social life as they get older. Becoming a part of an active retirement community can provide you with a variety of ways to fill your social calendar in retirement within a supportive and engaging environment.

The Benefits of Remaining Social and Active in Your Golden Years

Remaining physically active is often recognized as an important part of maintaining your health as you age, but staying mentally and socially active can be just as critical for boosting your emotional health and cognitive abilities as well as for preserving a high quality of life. Many retirees who continue to live independently rather than joining a retirement community find their opportunities for daily social interactions diminished, making them more vulnerable to depression or even dementia. A vibrant social life in your golden years has been shown to reduce the risk factors for a wide range of health conditions, from cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, to osteoporosis and even some forms of cancer. Seniors who stay social can experience stronger immune systems, improved nutrition and lower blood pressure. Furthermore, social activity has been demonstrated to provide a variety of less tangible benefits such as better cognitive functions, a greater sense of belonging and a deeper connection with the surrounding world.

Ways to Stay Active in Retirement

Staying active in your retirement years can be challenging, but becoming part of a retirement community offers seniors an easy way to bolster their social lives. Many higher-end communities, such as The Cypress of Charlotte, offer their residents a variety of classes, clubs, and activities that allow residents to stay socially connected in fun and engaging ways.

Taking classes or trying a new hobby are both wonderful ways to learn something new while fostering new friendships at the same time. Whether you’ve always wanted to try painting or you are interested in learning to dance, classes allow you to grow your personal network while remaining active and engaged. The Cypress of Charlotte, for example, offers a wide range of art and continuing education courses for its members.

Clubs and social events also provide substantial benefits for building out your social calendar. As with classes, you can tailor your options to meet your own personal interests while still building a robust network of friends. From book clubs and fitness groups, to movie nights, dances and field trips, options abound within luxury senior communities.

A Luxury Continuing Care Retirement Community in Charlotte

At The Cypress of Charlotte, our aim is to foster a lively and engaging lifestyle for our community of active and healthy seniors. As a luxury Life Plan Community, we cultivate a Country Club atmosphere with the availability of assisted living and skilled nursing care, if needed. For more information about our community or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.