Upon reaching mid-fifties, our bodies and lives change, sometimes to the extent that we feel different – we’ve reached a new and exciting change in our lives. Often, our children are adults and out of the home. If we don’t have children, or we’re single, or in a relationship, we’re in a new phase of our life. Connecting with our senior peers takes on new meaning, especially when we’ve spent our lives as active members of our communities. Or, we we’re looking to find recreational and social activities to do with our friends. If we’re set to retire or work part-time, we still want to be active and actively involved in life.
Since active senior communities are available all over the United States, we may choose to stay close to our friends and families. We may also choose to relocate to a senior community in a city and state that we’ve always dreamed of living in. This is our time. We’ve reached 55 years-of-age and this new phase of our life; we can design to our specifications.
The stigma of senior retirement communities has been lifted. Today, residents in active senior communities enjoy a self-sufficient retirement lifestyle. We prefer to socialize with other older adults who share similar interests. We prefer a community that features a wide range of amenities and recreational offerings, in a central location. We want to relax and eliminate the concerns that arise from living alone. We are usually no longer interested in the work involved in maintaining landscaping or fighting through traffic for routine chores.
Active senior communities are the opposite of nursing homes. Active senior communities are designed to enable people, age 55 and older, to enjoy fully independent living in a single family home, townhouse or condominium, and enjoy physical, mental and social stimulation.
Active senior communities are frequently located in picturesque settings, enabling residents to feel as if we are enjoying an extended vacation. Both residential and common areas are designed to optimize safety, convenience and comfort, in addition to other services.
For some individuals, a huge benefit of living in an active senior community is the variety of amenities on site. These amenities vary considerably from community to community. Typical amenities include a centralized clubhouse or community center, swimming pool, steam or sauna rooms, whirlpool tubs, and community rooms for playing cards, games, shuffleboard or billiards. They often feature a community center that includes a commercial grade kitchen; in addition to tennis, golf, walking trails, and other activities. For added convenience, these communities are normally located in close proximity to shopping centers, restaurants and libraries.
The most important thing when choosing an active senior community is that everything we want, from amenities and local conveniences are within walking distance or within a mile. At 55, convenience, comfort and fun is what we want and what we’ve earned.