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SENIOR COMMUNITIES HOME AT LAST
Living life to the fullest does not need to
stop when adults near or reach retirement
Age-restricted housing communities
once bore the stereotype of having
limited recreational options and dated
surroundings. But modern senior homes
and facilities are all about catering to active
lifestyles — with some communities
offering resortlike amenities and pristine
properties. Furthermore, certain
communities provide niche offerings for
people who are looking for something
even a little more different.
Eligibility to live in these communities
varies, but generally speaking one
resident in the home must be age 55 or
older. According to research by TRI
Pointe Homes, of the 75 million people
who comprise the Baby Boomer generation
who are eligible for age-qualified
communities, more than 32 million
would consider living in such a community.
The website 55places.com, which
specializes in promoting age-restricted
communities, indicates Florida has the
most age-restricted communities in the
country, followed by New Jersey.
Choosing an age-restricted community
requires consideration of a host of factors,
including the amenities residents
most desire and the cost. The following
factors can help people decide which
community is most suitable for them.
Style of home: Homes built in retirement
communities are designed to be
comfortable and convenient for aging
residents. Many are single-floor units.
Certain communities may be comprised
of apartments, condos, or townhouses,
while others may be single-occupant
Amenities: When comparing age-restricted
communities, consider the amenities
available. Do they include on-site
dining, transportation, travel assistance,
pools, fitness centers, walking trails, or
outdoor sports facilities? Some communities
have aging in place amenities,
which means residents can move from
independent living to assisted living
to skilled nursing care as their needs
change. Make a list of interests and then
match them to a community that can fit
Costs: Costs vary considerably.
Investopedia advises seniors to consider
the community’s location and what is
being offered, as these factors will affect
costs. In addition to rent or mortgages,
most communities also have monthly
maintenance or homeowners association
fees that need to be compared and
considered. Read contracts carefully to
see which other costs are included.
Specialized features: Unique men and
women call for unique communities. If
standard age-restricted communities do
not fit the bill, 55places.com says there
are specialized offerings for people
who spend retirement in an RV; desire
homes that align with their heritage;
communities just for postal workers;
or communities tied to a local college, to
continue lifelong learning.
Age-restricted retirement communities
are evolving and many specialize in catering
to active lifestyles.
-Metro Creative Connection
Modern senior homes and facilities are
all about catering to active lifestyles,
with some communities offering resortlike
amenities and pristine properties.
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