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January 11, 2024

Everything You Need To Know About Adult Retirement Living in a 55+ Active Retirement Community

There are many options for older adults looking to live their best lives as they retire. Deciding how you spend your retirement is up to you, and 55+ active retirement communities offer all the same pros of independent living with the support and convenience you can’t find anywhere else.

Choosing to live in an active adult community means you’ll join a community of kupuna who love to live life to the fullest.

What is an Active Adult Community?

55+ communities were created for older adults who prefer an independent lifestyle but want the comfort and simplicity of resort-style amenities, a thriving community that encourages socialization, and virtually endless fun and easy activities.

Most communities are conveniently located next to great locations, such as beaches, golf courses, downtown retail areas, theaters, concert venues, and more. There is also the added safety of 24-hour security and emergency services so you can feel safe in your day-to-day activities. Other amenities may include:

  • Fitness center and indoor pool
  • Restaurant style dining room
  • Spacious and comfortable lobby
  • Library
  • Chapel
  • Resident General Store
  • Transportation Services

In an active retirement community, kupuna also have medical and health support for all types and phases of illness, from diagnosis to hospice care. Continuum of care is a central focus of many 55+ communities, and they have specialized locations for outpatient care, coordinated care, and emergency care services.

What are the Reasons to Move into an Active 55+ Community?

You can think of moving into an active 55+ community like living at an all-inclusive luxury resort. Active senior living encourages an adventurous, mobile lifestyle, but what other reasons exist to join a 55+ community?

You’ll Join a Community of Peers

Home is not just the place you choose to live. It is also the people around you. Senior living brings a sense of community. Your neighbors are in similar stages in life, and you’ll inevitably meet neighbors that share your interests and hobbies.

For kupuna that need more support, life plan communities with medical support and adult day care facilities encourage socialization and exercise, both mind and body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), socializing with family and friends improves regular physical activity.

You’ll Never Be Bored

There are so many fun things to do in 55+ adult living communities. When you’re feeling the urge to get out and about, there are always new adventures or things to do.

  • Yoga and group fitness classes
  • Walking and hiking clubs
  • Swimming and water aerobics
  • Book clubs
  • Service projects
  • Movie nights

No matter your interests or hobbies, there are always activities on the social calendar —and you’ll have more time to do them since you won’t have any pesky housework.

You’ll Say Goodbye to Maintenance and Chores

Active living communities simplify your life by offering maintenance and support services for older adults. Kupuna living in a 55+ community don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn or doing home repairs. They can enjoy the following:

  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Medical and non-medical home care
  • Personal and companion care
  • Housekeeping
  • On staff maintenance

No matter your needs, active living communities exist to help older adults live healthy and independent lives.

You’ll Boost Your Health

In addition to a community of peers, amenities, and activities galore, 55+ communities support physical activity and deliver excellent health and medical services. According to the CDC, physical activity can help delay, prevent, or manage chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes in adults over 50.

That’s why active senior living communities have expertly trained teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, aides, and therapists who offer therapy, rehabilitation, and respite services for older adults who need them. In addition, 55+ communities also provide psychological services and programs to promote spiritual well-being.

What are the Benefits of Active Senior Communities?

There’s a long list of benefits to living in an active senior community besides the convenient amenities and beautiful locations. Many older adults choose active retirement communities because they want peace of mind.

  • Guaranteed lifetime care
  • Lower cost of living
  • Long-term and short-term skilled nursing
  • Independent and assisted living options
  • Accessibility
  • Privacy

What is it Like Living in an Active Community for Older Adults?

Imagine waking up in the morning and starting your day with the sprawling view of the mountains, golf course or the ocean. You spend the afternoon at your photography club with friends you’ve met since you moved in. You get a call from another friend asking to see a movie, so you meet in the parking lot and head downtown together for an evening of fun.

In the evening, you return home and see that the housekeepers have left your place sparkling clean, so all that’s left is to sink into bed with a good book. That’s what it could be like to live in an active living community. As you age in place on your own terms, you feel secure about the future and your health due to the stability and comfort provided by expert medical professionals and staff.

Every day is a new adventure. Whether you want to relax in the solarium or gather with friends for an evening on the town, 55+ communities offer many activities and amenities that suit on the go lifestyles.

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