Trends In Retirement Living Communities

Retirement Living for Your Later Years

People are living longer and are healthier lives than ever before. It is essential that we make some good decisions about what we are going to be doing and where we are going to live while we can still be doing active participation in our futures.

Fortunately, the options are numerous but you need to think ahead. You can stay in your home and modify it to suit your changing needs (think wheelchairs and walkers), or you can stay in the same community but move to a different setting. If your house is too big and you would like something on one floor, or something newer and more efficient you can consider custom designing a new home, purchasing a manufactured home or using a modular or prefabricated designed to make things easier for you. adult retirement communitiesIf you are ready for a change in climate or want to move closer to your children in another region of the country you can also choose among several options, whether it be as retirement community, senior housing apartments or a retirement or an assisted living facility. Many people who retire chuck it all and purchase a luxury recreation vehicle and spend years traveling around the county. If you live alone you might want to investigate the idea of Shared Housing, Co-Housing, or Elder Cottage Housing Opportunities.

It is important to investigate all of these factors and weigh the pros and cons of each. Think through some of the problems that will be facing you as you reach retirement age and hopefully you can come to some decisions about whom you want to be and where you want to live now that you have finally grown up.

Trends in Retirement Communities

Senior services and senior living communities are forced to adapt with the times. On examination of the changing housing needs for retirees, they are finding that there is more of a demand for computer labs, weight rooms and lap pools than for the purely recreational focus of the past generation.

Moving beyond shuffleboard, the modern communities are incorporating elements of what modern seniors want (fancy media and computer rooms, better lighting, easy care amenities, tighter security and ergonomic designs that will make things easier as they think ahead to age related disabilities.

senior housing apartmentsToday’s retirees are completely different from the “older folks” of even one generation ago. The age of people living in adult retirement communities is coming down. The younger residents often stay in the work force as consultants or are using retirement as an opportunity to jump into a new career.

Folks enjoy living in senior living communities because of the recreational facilities, the socialization, and to enjoy the freedom of having someone else be responsible for maintenance and yard work.

Americans are living longer and are healthier than ever before. The possibility exists that you might spend as much of your adult life retired as you did working. This trend is profoundly affecting housing wants and needs. 85% of retirees do not want to move out of their current homes (according to AARP statistics), but the retirees who opt to stay put are more apt to be from the lower income group or those living in a rural area. The wealthier or younger retirees are looking for cushier and more stimulating lives in a new setting.

Communities for seniors-only are resorts packed with activities and are often centered around thriving activity centers. People are moving into these communities at an earlier age and staying until infirmities force them into a community with more support services.

A mild climate is an attraction, but many retirees are now opting to move north and are gravitating toward lower cost living areas in the Midwest and South East. College towns have their appeal too, for those who value intellectual stimulation and want to be somewhere where they can take classes or attend lectures and plays. AARP studies are finding that many Americans do not want to be segregated from the general population and enjoy remaining in the thick of things. The housing market it happy to accommodate these changing trends.

 

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Planned Senior Communities For Aging Adult Americans

Aging Americans: Senior Care is Changing

senior life servicesOn January 1st, the first of over 77 million baby boomers will turn 60, and senior care will never be the same. Seniors are healthier, wealthier and more innovated and their aim is to make aging more comfortable, convenient and rewarding than ever before.

It isn’t always about golf! Research shows that baby boomers are interested in more than just retirement from the workplace and they are looking forward to finding new ways to stay productive. A good 75% of the boomers plan to do volunteer work, keep working or even launch new careers.

An increasing number of single, divorced and widowed people are looking for a lifestyle that is more affordable, social and supportive than living alone and retreating into the woodwork. Some may settle in neighborhoods where everyone shares a common interest, some buy houses together or rent out rooms in their own homes. Co-housing developments, in which residents live in private homes but share a central common area, are becoming increasing popular as seniors recognize that social isolation and effects of loneliness are not a good thing. A lot of people talk about aging in place but it can be very isolating. Some folks opt for living in a huge apartment complex with friendly neighbors, a cruise ship, retirement communities or apartments that are adjacent to universities as they seek social and intellectual stimulation.

Universal design and a myriad of other personal technologies are cropping up every day to assist in their quest for productivity and independence.

Boomers are striving to find a new balance between satisfying work and enjoyable leisure. The focus is on a positive message and touts new choices and opportunities that are available after retirement. The emphasis is on friends, family, learning and fun.

The baby boomer generation has had a profound effect on how we think and how we do things. Professionals across the country have been tracking every aspect of their influences from gerontologists to marketers. Figuring out the boomers’ wants and needs as they move into their 60s is a whole new ball game. The sky is the limit!

About Planned Senior Communities

senior life servicePlanned Senior Communities are characterized by clusters of apartments, condominiums, manufactured homes, or other single-family units that are built around a core of services or amenities. Residents can own their homes and properties but must abide by certain codes and restrictions that are developed by a governing body or homeowners association.

These communities are ideal for singles as well as couples and are based on a built-in social system, activities and the sense of security that is reassuring to seniors. Moving to a senior planned community can be a good way to ease the transition from a large home to an environment with more services.

A typical community might be designed around a golf course or other recreational facility. Facilities built around golf courses, tennis courts, pools, hiking and biking trails etc. provide active and fun ways to spend retirement years (a perpetual summer camp for grown-ups).

Most communities of this sort have a minimum age but if you prefer to live in a place where there are people of all ages such resort communities do exist. If, on the other hand, crying babies and yards full of toys have lost their appeal, there are plenty of places where residents must be fifty plus.

People who move into resort communities are typically young (meaning sixty rather than eighty), healthy and active. They are not thinking twenty years ahead to a less active period but want to enjoy the here and now.

Resort communities are what they are, and they won’t change to meet your changing needs. If you become injured, ill, or have a change in circumstances, the only real option open to you is to sell and move on. Many residents who move away for these reasons move to be closer to their kids or Retirement Housing.

 

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