According to a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, thanks to advances in medical care, seniors can expect to live longer lives in better health than their predecesors. Many senior living communities are aware of these changes and offer unique benefits to healthy, active older adults.
Inicreasingly, seniors are choosing to live near other retired people. When those who live around you have similar interests, it is easier to forge friendships, find companionship, and build a sense of community. Senior living communities, those that are only available to residents over age 55, offer both a place to live and a place to socialize.
Most of these communities have activities calendars that keep residents as busy as they want to be. And don’t think they’re just playing bingo all day. Depending on the community, these activities can vary from weekend getaways to exercise classes.
Much like other apartment and condo complexes, routine care, maintenance, and emergency repairs are provided by the community itself. This means you won’t have to mow the lawn, rake the leaves, or shovel the sidewalk. Some even offer regular housekeeping services.
Keeping residents and their homes safe is a priority for any community. Most senior living communities have on-site security guards. Many are also in gated areas and have other additional security features. Because you will be paying the same amount every month for your rent and living expenses in a senior living community, your financial security will also be taken care of.
Health Care Needs
For the most part, residents who live in 55-plus communities are still responsible for their own medical care. This is true in both independent living communities and active adult communities. Many may have a nurse on staff during certain hours, but there is no routine medical or personal care offered. If more assistance is needed, other types of senior living communities can help. These include continuing care communities, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and nursing homes.
A senior living community has many benefits for its residents. Between making new friends and an active activities calendar, living among other retired people can even help older adults stay fit and active longer. With more of these communities being built every year, there’s sure to be one that fits your needs.
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