Dr. Chuck Edwards of Charlotte has long been a friend to The Sharon at SouthPark. When he spoke with us about his book, “Much Abides: A Survival Guide for Aging Lives,” he cited the connection between good health, happiness and social interactions. Studies, he wrote, show that loneliness is toxic.
Strong relationships with loved ones are crucial. So are friendships made at The Sharon at SouthPark through organized programs (900 group events each month) and informal get-togethers with neighbors. Our campus and culture make it easy to bond with others.
“We love any excuse to throw a party and love to spend time together,” says Director of Vitality and Well-Being (and party planner extraordinaire) Jessica Bourque.
Shoot pool or play bridge in our card and game room. Gather before dinner in The Wolfe Lounge for wine and conversation. Welcome your family to join you for a meal at Allison’s. We welcome loved ones. The more grandkids visiting, the better. Board the bus and enjoy a night at the symphony with others. Sign up for the next group trip to someplace special. Volunteer to make sandwiches for Crisis Assistance Ministry. There’s nothing like spreading mayonnaise with others. Gather where the day’s news is always the subject of give-and-take – our new salon and spa.
At day’s end, it comes down to the culture that makes The Sharon at SouthPark special.
One of many examples: During the pandemic, four friends and neighbors on Third Floor East in Independent Living gathered outside their apartments at 4:30 p.m. seven days a week to share a glass of wine. Some days they skip a beverage if everyone’s bodies aren’t behaving. You get the idea. This is about maintaining the bonds that tie.