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Is an 55+ Retirement Community Right for Me?

Active 55+ Retirement Communities are living communities designed for seniors who wish to be apart of a neighborhood, or society, among other active and independent older adults.  In these communities, seniors maintain their independence and privacy, while enjoying little or no maintenance responsibilities or yard work. Residents in these communities have many opportunities to interact and enjoy themselves with others in the same phase of life, forging friendships and bonds that will enrich their retirement years. Unlike assisted living, the seniors in 55+ communities are able to care for themselves, needing no assistance for everyday tasks such as cooking or cleaning. The main difference between this type of community and any other master-planned community development is the age restriction – at least one of the residents in each of the 55+ community homes must be at least 55 years of age.  If you are over 55, energetic and full of life, a 55+ Active Adult Community may be the retirement choice for you! 

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Do Active Retirement Communities Provide Medical Care?

While 55+ communities generally do not provide any health care related services as would be found in a skilled nursing facility, these communities are most commonly found near medical facilities and hospitals. When the time arises that a senior in a 55+ community needs assistance for normal responsibilities, they will be expected to find their own support.  Depending on what level of service the resident requires, additional support typically is provided by either a home care provider (non-medical) or home health agency (medical).  

Amenities and Services

Amenities offered in 55+ developments vary per community, but most offer at a minimum, a clubhouse, pool, and fitness center. Other amenities and features may include:

Some communities even offer their residents a planned activity calendar with numerous clubs, groups and classes to join such as billiards, bowling, sewing/quilting, line dancing/ballroom dancing, game night, woodworking…. the list goes on!

Types of Active Retirement Communities

Active 55+ Communities can vary drastically in setting and location.  Certainly, most communities are single family homes, however there are other types of venues such as mobile home parks and condos.  Some communities are situated on lakes and golf courses, while others might be centrally located in the heart of the city. 

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