Finding Diversity and Inclusion in Your Senior Living Community

A diverse group of four older woman come together for a group hug after a great outdoor workout

Continuing to grow and learn is vital in every stage of life, especially as we age. While there may be comfort in the familiar, new experiences and friendships help keep us engaged. What makes life, and us, more interesting are these different and refreshing experiences.

At Friendship Village of Tempe, we believe that when we feel a part of a group, we’re more likely to explore and try new things. We also stand by the importance of diversity and senior living inclusion to ensure all residents can enjoy life and new experiences regardless of race, religion, ability or sexual identity.

Benefits of Considering Diverse Retirement Communities

No matter how old you are, feeling excluded can have a negative impact on you and your happiness. Choosing a community focused on diversity and senior living inclusion offers these advantages:

  • Celebrating what makes us unique: Diversity means acknowledging and celebrating differences in age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. A diverse retirement community makes all residents feel welcomed, valued and respected. It also creates opportunities to learn about different cultures, perspectives and experiences. Who knows? You may discover a new interest or circle of friends.
  • Better health and well-being: Social isolation and loneliness can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health and lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and depression. A diverse community helps combat social isolation because you’re more likely to find other residents who share your interests and experiences. Plus, a diverse community means a greater variety of activities and programs that cater to different needs and preferences. By offering a wide range of activities, a diverse community can you maintain a more active, well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle.
  • More opportunities to learn: Living in a diverse community provides opportunities to learn about different cultures, traditions and ways of life. Residents can even share their own experiences and expertise. For example, a resident who has traveled a lot can share their knowledge and insights gained abroad. Similarly, someone who’s skilled in a particular hobby can share their passion and teach others.
  • Promoting understanding and acceptance: When neighbors from different backgrounds interact, they both can develop a greater appreciation for diversity and learn to respect and accept each other’s differences. Learning about the real-life experiences and perspectives of others can help break down stereotypes and prejudices.

Friendship is in Our Name. All Are Welcome Here.

At Friendship Village, you’ll find a sense of belonging and connection. From housing to hospitality to health care, you can trust that you’ll be honored and feel completely comfortable and accepted for who you are. Here are some of the ways we ensure we provide culturally diverse LGBTQ+ friendly senior living:

  • Discrimination-free housing policies
  • Inclusive services and amenities
  • LGBTQ+ resources and support
  • Safe and supportive LGBTQ+ healthcare settings that respect privacy and protect confidentiality
  • Partnerships with LGBTQ+ organizations
  • Support for resident-led LGBTQ+ clubs and committees
  • Inclusive activities and events on and off campus
  • Zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment

To learn more about our diverse, inclusive senior living community, contact us here.