As we celebrate 45 years of operation at American House Senior Living Communities, we want to share the stories of some of the people who have made it possible. At American House, we have a special dedication and sense of compassion, and we believe it shows in the longevity of our staff and residents’ stays with us. Our hope is that you or your loved one will be inspired to learn something new through the backgrounds of our American House family. We have information on the importance of lifelong learning for seniors.

“I’d have to say that I have always enjoyed going to work at any of the American Houses I’ve been at, ten to be exact. The reason behind working so many buildings is because through the years I’ve switched positions, starting as a housekeeper to activity director to assistant manager to full-time driver, and then again back to activities. American House has worked with me on every level, but mostly the people I’ve had the absolute pleasure of knowing, residents, staff and families, has touched my heart more than I could ever have guessed. Such a blessing it has been for me to be a part of this wonderful establishment. Much thanks to Bob Gillette and his family for what they have created. A loving home for the elderly to be safe, well-cared for and happy!” – Life Enrichment Director Renne Stokes, employed at American House for thirty-three years

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

As our long-time employees have shown, learning something new can be invaluable. It is a pursuit that knows no age limits. For seniors, engaging in continuous education offers numerous benefits, from improved cognitive function to enhanced social connections. At American House Senior Living Communities in Michigan, we prioritize lifelong learning as a key component of our residents’ well-being and happiness. Our life enrichment programs make sure our residents are never without an opportunity to try something new!

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

  1. Cognitive benefits. Engaging in lifelong learning activities helps keep the brain active and sharp. Studies show that seniors who participate in educational activities experience improved memory, better problem-solving skills and increased mental agility. Learning new skills or subjects stimulates neural connections, which can help delay the onset of cognitive decline and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  2. Emotional and psychological benefits. Lifelong learning also contributes significantly to emotional and psychological health. Seniors who engage in continuous learning often report higher levels of self-esteem and a greater sense of purpose. Learning something new can boost confidence and provide a sense of achievement. Additionally, educational activities can reduce feelings of loneliness and depression by providing a positive focus and opportunities for personal growth.
  3. Social benefits. Educational activities offer numerous opportunities for social interaction. Whether it’s a book club, a language class or a lecture series, these activities bring people together with shared interests, fostering community and friendship. Social engagement is crucial for seniors, as it helps combat isolation and loneliness, promoting overall well-being.

Activities for You or a Loved One to Try

  1. Technology classes. These can help seniors stay connected with family and friends through email, social media and video calls.
  2. Art and music classes. Encourage creativity and self-expression through painting, drawing and music lessons.
  3. Language classes. Learning a new language or improving existing language skills can be both challenging and rewarding.
  4. Book clubs and discussion groups. Combine intellectual stimulation and social interaction through regular meetings.
  5. Guest lectures and workshops. Many places offer insights on various topics from history to science, presented by experts.

Lifelong learning is essential for seniors, offering cognitive, emotional and social benefits that contribute to a fulfilling and vibrant life.

American House was founded in 1979 to enrich the lives of seniors and their loved ones in an environment that fosters independence, compassion, quality services and meaningful relationships. We provide a wide range of senior living options, including independent living, independent living with assistance, memory care services provided by a third party, respite stays and hospice in Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Westland.

Call an American House Senior Living community near you today to schedule a tour of one of our beautiful facilities and ask questions to help put your mind at ease if you’re considering a move for an aging loved one, spouse or even for yourself.