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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Why diversity is important no matter our age and how to find it in Senior Living

Diversity plays an amazing role in life. It can expand our own small corner of the planet beyond what we could personally experience. Take a moment to consider all the unique people who have crossed your path and you might see how your world view changed.

We may need to invite diversity into our lives though because we’re typically drawn to those who are similar, not different. But humankind is enriched when we reach out to those who are distinctive from us, whether it’s our gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or economic background.

One of the more advantageous benefits of growing older is that we do indeed become wiser. Over the years, we learn that life is rarely remarkable when it’s surrounded by only those who mirror us. By sharing our stories, we realize that we can better see the world when we also look at it through their eyes.

Why we like similarities

Research in human relationships has generally found that we’re naturally attracted to those we perceive as similar to ourselves. Why? Here are a few speculations:

The value of diversity

Although it may not come naturally to seek out differences, that is so often where we find the flavor of life. There is much we can learn from each other, which helps us gain a better perspective.

Other advantages of an intentionally diverse life may include:

  • An ability to create more authentic relationships
  • It enriches our own experiences, leading to a more interesting life
  • Helps us confront our biases and challenges our predeterminations
  • It expands our view of the world
  • It can help reduce discrimination and racism

Finding diversity in Senior Living

If you’re considering moving into an Independent Living community, this might be the perfect time to create a more diverse experience in your own life.

As communities evolve to become a more accurate representation of the world we live in, you might want to search for those who celebrate all the wonderful differences their residents and staff bring. Consider asking these questions when you visit:

How culture change is changing lives

The world of senior living is changing along with everyone else. If you’re interested in living an engaged and fulfilling retirement life, search for those communities that embrace person-directed values and practices. You’ll find evidence of this in the relationships, choices, encouragement of self-determination and support for purposeful living.

One priority of the community should be their promotion of all residents and staff to live an authentic life. For example, many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community previously felt that they would need to hide who they were if they moved into a retirement community.

Mindful of wanting everyone to be their whole self, today’s top communities receive LGBT training on aging issues and learn how to better provide for the specific needs of this group.

Ingleside at Rock Creek Independent Living community

At Ingleside, we have trained with SAGE, the national advocacy group for older LGBT individuals, and have earned the SAGECare Platinum level cultural competency credential by completing the training program to improve the lives of LGBT older adults.

This certification program intersects with our core values of inclusion, diversity and engagement. Our goal is to provide the best person-directed care for everyone and these types of training and philosophies assist in accomplishing that.

We also support the Dimensions of Wellness that contribute to the health and wellbeing of all individuals. These include:

Social wellness: Having a network of friends and family for support, sharing life experiences and maintaining positive relationships

Emotional wellness: An ability to express and manage anger, fear, happiness and sadness while possessing self-esteem and a sense of humor

Intellectual wellness: Valuing education, moral reasoning, critical thinking and expanding worldviews through lifelong learning

Physical wellness: Striving to learn and utilize healthy habits, including exercise and nutrition, and recognizing how behavior impacts wellness

Spiritual wellness: Searching for meaning and purpose in human existence and developing an appreciation for the depth of life

Occupational wellness: maintaining a balance with career, volunteering or other pursuits and maintaining a desire to make a positive impact

Environmental wellness: interacting with nature and appreciating the connection between nature and the individual

At Ingleside, we embrace the diversity of our residents, their loved ones and our staff. While we celebrate our distinctions, we often discover that we also have many similarities in common.

We’re here to support you in living your best life possible. Our intention is to provide you with the community and the opportunities you need to reach your goals. From lifelong learning, connecting with others, keeping physically fit and emotionally engaged, we believe you’ll find yourself on the right path.

Call (202) 905-0018 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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