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Enjoy fun with neighbors in our resident-led activities or a community celebration hosted by our team. There's always something to do or keep busy with at The Fields at Arbor Glen.

Imagine life at The Fields at Arbor Glen. It is Saturday morning and you are enjoying a cup of coffee from your rocking chair on the patio of your new home. Your grandkids are playing in the nearby bocce ball courts and there is a friendly game of pickleball being played with friends. Feel the warm morning sun on your face as you engage in Tai Chi in the garden. Smell the food cooking on the community grill and feel the excitement of people headed over to the neighborhood potluck. Hear the sweet sounds of a harpist, pianist, or singers during special afternoon concerts as you listen with friends and family from the comfort of your new home.

Learn a new hobby or join that “group” you have been meaning to join. Meet people with similar interests and a zest for life just steps away from your front door. Grab a friend and take a boat cruise down the beautiful St. Croix River. Or pack a picnic and take an afternoon bike ride on one of our beautiful trails. Feel the comfort and warm welcome from the people of Lake Elmo as they greet you on your afternoon walks around The Fields at Arbor Glen and our nearby trail system.

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Living alone vs living independently

Many older adults want to stay in their house as long as possible. There is an assumption that staying in your home means you are independent, but the reality is it can often lead to loneliness and isolation. The health effects of long-term isolation are measurable and include chronic health conditions, depression, anxiety, dementia and even premature death. One study reported the negative health effects of long-term isolation are equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Loneliness is on the rise overall. Older adults who are most at risk are often:

  • living alone
  • living with untreated hearing loss
  • living with mobility impairments
  • no longer driving or have limited access to transportation
  • recently experienced the loss of a spouse, friend or partner
  • taking care of a spouse

The best remedy for loneliness is staying connected. Interacting with others, and staying socially engaged with friends and your community can help fight loneliness and the health risks that are associated with isolation.

How can a move to Senior Living help fight loneliness?

An apartment setting provides the best of both worlds – enjoy the freedom to do what you want and when you want, knowing there are always options available for social activities. When people move into a senior living community, they often tell us, “I wish I would have moved sooner.” And their family members tell us, “We’ve seen our loved one blossom in the last few months!”

Here’s why:

  • Senior living brings people together. Coffee socials, happy hours, and even chatting over lunch helps to grow those meaningful relationships that increase health and longevity.
  • Senior living provides opportunities for purposeful engagement in daily life. Our residents like to volunteer, help out their neighbors, and share interests with friends.
  • Senior living apartments usually have physical fitness facilities and exercise classes to participate in. They may even offer discounts or rides to local senior centers or health clubs.
  • Senior communities often provide educational opportunities for lifelong learning. They usually have book or travel clubs, bring in speakers, or host community education in their common rooms.

We invite you to visit The Fields of Arbor Glen to experience how maintenance-free living can help simplify your life, while also providing the social interactions needed to maintain health & happiness. Talk with our residents to hear how their lives have changed for the better after moving to senior living.

For more information about loneliness and isolation, the AARP Foundation offers its online resource Connect2Affect. There you can find a self-assessment to determine your risk factors and tips on how to stay connected. Resources that informed this article include Government’s Role in Fighting Loneliness by Emily Holland, as published in the Wall Street Journal, and the Blue Zones Power 9 ® by Dan Buettner.

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