What to Expect When Moving to a 55 Plus Community

With the baby boom generation moving into their retirement years, many active seniors are choosing to live in active adult communities. These communities caters to residents who desire independent living with close proximity to many leisure activities and amenities. Each 55 plus community is designed differently and may include a variety of amenities, but they all share the aspects of maintenance-free independent living, along with a community feel and many recreational activities offered to residents.

When you move into a 55 plus community, you are choosing to surround yourself with neighbors who are in the same stage of life, and are interested in many of the same recreational activities as you are. Some 55+ communities provide a resort feeling with active recreational outings and  amenities, while others emphasize a quieter, more social life with community gatherings, a clubhouse and scheduled continuing education classes and club meetings. Whichever type of community you choose, you will find friendly people in your own age group, sharing many of the same interests and abilities.

The calendar of activities and social gatherings provided within 55 plus communities is a ready-made way for you to meet your neighbors and find companionship with those who enjoy the same activities you do. You do not have to worry that you will know nobody in your neighborhood, as most residents have chosen to live in the community to take advantage of its amenities and social calendar. You simply have to choose offered recreational activities that appeal to you, show up, and meet others who have chosen the same.

When you choose an active community, you will live a healthier lifestyle. Most of these communities have walking trails, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and other recreational amenities right on site, making it simple to participate in healthy activities on a daily basis without worrying about transportation or crime. They may also be close to off-site recreational facilities such as golf courses or tennis clubs, and offer special deals and/or scheduled transportation to these facilities. There are often opportunities to participate in fitness-related continuing education classes as well.

55 plus communities offers a less stressful lifestyle than living in a home within the general population. Although there is no assistance with activities of daily living such as medication administration, housekeeping, or meal preparation, most of the landscaping and yard maintenance is taken care of, and most adult communities provide local security as well. This creates an environment that frees residents from many of the stresses and worries of home ownership, and provides more opportunity to enjoy leisure activities, and gatherings of friends and family.

Many 55 plus communities provides garbage collection, cable or satellite TV, internet connections, and local security, so when you move in you do not need to worry about setting up services. Many also offer scheduled shuttle-buses to run errands such as trips to the bank or grocery store, and some offer shuttles to cultural activities in nearby metropolitan areas as well, so you can focus on enjoying your outings without concern for parking and traffic.

Depending on the community you choose, you may enjoy such amenities as a golf course, library, business center, clubhouse, or swimming pools or spas. You may be able to sign up for classes or activities such as arts and crafts, photography, cooking, billiards or cards; or you may enjoy more active recreation such as day walks, hikes, bicycling excursions, exercise classes, or basketball or tennis leagues. The amount of socializing and physical activity you participate in is entirely up to you.

When you move into a quality community, you will wonder why you did not make the move sooner. You will have more fun socializing with friends and neighbors, taking care of yourself with the offered fitness classes and facilities, and sharing your retirement years with people who are in the same phase of life as you are. You may feel a bit like a college student beginning life on campus, with a completely new social environment and range of exciting activities opening up before you.

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06 Sep 2016


By Robert Fowler
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