If you are getting ready to retire, or are already there, you have to decide whether or not you want to continue to live in a house that’s too big because all the children are gone, or move somewhere smaller. Moving can be an exciting adventure if you look at it the right way. Living in a 55+ community, for example, has a lot of benefits and not many drawbacks.
The homes and condos in these communities are designed with seniors in mind. Most of the homes offered are one-level ranch style. You won’t have to worry about stairs or basements here. The houses are built with doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers too.
Most retirement communities offer their residents a whole host of amenities. There are clubhouses where neighbors gather for regular parties, card games, and celebrations. Pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers are pretty standard. Some of the communities are built adjacent to golf courses.
When you lived in your old house, you had grass to be mowed, shrubs that needed pruning, and a watering system that required regular maintenance. Now that you live in this retirement village, all that is done for you. Utilities and local transportation may be included in your monthly association fees.
Although these are billed as retirement communities, the beautiful thing about them is that you aren’t required to be retired at all. The primary resident has to be fifty-five or older and a qualifying income. Beyond that, you can work as much and as long as you like.
Retiring can be a lot of fun. Moving into one of these communities means your neighbors are in your age bracket. Sharing experiences and memories with them is an excellent way to stay young.