Why Seniors Choose 55+ Communities
There are a lot of benefits to 55+ communities, and as more and more baby boomers reach retirement age, they’re becoming increasingly popular. Residents of 55+ communities are often looking to stay active as they get older, and with amenities and like-minded neighbors, these communities promote an active and social lifestyle.
You may be wondering what exactly qualifies as a 55+ community. A 55+ community is an independent living, age-restricted community for seniors. Common for empty nesters, retirees, or older adults looking to downsize, these communities require a certain percentage of their residents to be over 55. Every community is different, but since they are all built specifically with seniors in mind, there are often key benefits across the board.
It’s common for 55+ communities to have features like a clubhouse, gym, pool, and other amenities. Typically, amenities emphasize activity and fitness and encourage residents to socialize with one another. In addition, many 55+ communities are set in convenient locations, within a short distance of stores, restaurants, and more.
Since the majority of people in these communities are a similar age, you’ll likely be surrounded by those with comparable life experiences and interests. This can make it easier to make new friends and get to know your neighbors.
55+ communities often take care of exterior maintenance for their residents – that means no more raking, mowing, or snow blowing. This is a huge advantage, especially for those looking to downsize. With no exterior maintenance to worry about and less interior square-footage to keep clean, you can spend less time on upkeep and more on staying active and involved.
Sense of Community
There are usually ample opportunities to build relationships with your neighbors in 55+ communities. Amenities and activities make it easy to meet other residents, and it’s likely that many who choose to live in these communities did so because they want to make friends with like-minded people. With neighbors who are similar to you and activities on site for you to participate in, it’s inevitable that there’s a sense of community.
Every 55+ community is different, so if you’re considering moving, it’s important to speak to an experienced REALTOR® who can help you find the perfect match.