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Tukwila's Arts and Learning Opportunities for Seniors

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If you’re near or in retirement and looking ahead to the adventures you’d like to pursue, two activities are not only meaningful and fun but can also improve your health and contribute to a higher quality of life. 

  • The benefits of engaging with the Arts, either through direct participation or appreciation, offers many health advantages for both aging and living well.  

  • Lifelong learning provides inspiration and motivation to keep your brain stimulated and can boost your emotional and physical fitness. 

For those who are considering Tukwila, WA for their home base, the choices for both are many.  

The Top Benefits of Engaging in the Arts  

Not only is it fulfilling to be involved in the Arts, but research has revealed that it may actually improve the health, well-being and independence of older adults. 

Studies are examining whether participating in art activities may be linked to improved cognitive function and memory, as well as self-esteem, according to the National Institute on Aging.  

In a large clinical trial, the impact of participating in a community choir was tested on the health and well-being of older adults. Researchers assessed cognition, physical function and psychosocial function, as well as the use and cost of healthcare services before  members of the study started the choir program – and again at six and 12 months. 

Within six months, positive results were found, such as an increased interest in life and reduced feelings of loneliness. 

Another study reviewed whether theater improvisation might improve the quality of life for older adults with early-stage dementia. The goal of the program was not to slow the decline or improve cognition but to assess whether it could help people with dementia enjoy life more. Preliminary results did show participation improved mood, decreased anxiety and increased feeling empowered and a sense of belonging.  

Independence and Lifelong Learning  

If you’re interested or committed to lifelong learning as you grow older, you’ll have plenty of company. In a recent AARP study on the subject, 55% of Americans aged 45 and older define themselves as actively learning. Gaining in popularity, today’s older adults are taking responsibility to stay mentally sharp and intellectually stimulated and are firm believers in the power of continuing to learn. 

Whether it’s studying history, discovering how to play a new musical instrument or keeping up with fast-paced technology devices, the driving forces identified were to gain new knowledge and stay mentally sharp. Over 80% stated they believed it was vital to keep their brain active while 54% were motivated to promote brain health. 

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Tukwila’s Arts and Community Festivals 

You will have many options to stay engaged with both the Arts and lifelong learning if you make your retirement home in Tukwila, WA. Take a look at a few offerings of the local  arts and festivals: 

The Rainier Arts Center offers live theatrical, cinematic, cultural and musical performances as well as workshops and camps.  

Visit the Burien Arts Association and browse artist exhibits, Shakespearean theatre productions, storytelling and programs. 

Learn more about Tukwila’s Arts and the city’s roots and culture of the Native Duwamish people at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.   

Celebrate with great food, games and live entertainment at the Duwamish River Festival in August each year. 

In September, plan to attend the Northwest Ukrainian International Festival with authentic Ukrainian food, fun and live stage performances. 

From December through August, experience the Seafair Festival, including holiday cruises, fireworks, parades, runs, musical events, and more.  

Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Tukwila 

Although there are several options to learn independently or joining in with others, the Lifetime Learning Center in Seattle is the perfect place to take classes in the arts, gardening, health and wellness, history, indigenous studies, math and science, music, and more.   

If becoming familiar with the history of flight is of interest, stop by The Museum of Flight and view historic aircraft and exhibits – both on Earth and in space. 

If your passion is faster-paced, check out the exhibits and educational programs at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Whether you choose to study at home or enroll in a thought-provoking class, those older adults who make learning a priority can improve their quality of life and reap the benefits far beyond the subject matter. 

Life at a Milestone Community 

If you’re looking at options for retirement living, we invite your family to visit one of our Milestone communities – designed to support your loved ones to live their highest quality of life. 

We offer studio and one-bedroom private apartments for our assisted living residents as well as private or shared memory care suites for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

Our memory care residents are cared for by our compassionate and specially trained team – who meet them wherever they are in their journey with patience and kindness. The residents also have access to customized activities, programs and an elevated secured courtyard. 

Our amenities and services encourage our residents in assisted living to engage with others, remain as independent as possible and be reassured that help is available whenever needed. 

In addition to our personalized services, we offer: 

·       Chef-prepared meals 

·       Full-service dining room and bistro/bar 

·       Clubroom with large screen and theater style seating 

·       Family gathering room 

·       Rooftop courtyard including outdoor kitchen and firepit 

·       Resident accessible chef’s kitchen garden 

·       Senior-inspired fitness center 

·       Hair and nail salon 

·       Resident-shared laundry rooms 

·       Elegantly designed common areas 

·       24-hour on-duty care staff 

·       Scheduled transportation 

·       Secured community 

·       Direct access to adjoining walking paths and parks 

If your family is considering retirement living, we hope you will visit one of our communities. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us with any questions you may have or to arrange a personal tour.  

Find out more about why Tukwila, WA is a great town to retire to – download our free guide Living Well During Retirement in Tukwila, Washington.  

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