The average age of residents in these communities is 84, with the bulk of moves taking place between ages 75 and 85. However, these figures are beginning to change as younger-aged individuals move into retirement communities. You do not have to be of a certain or “right” age to live in a retirement community. Nowadays, younger and more active individuals are attracted to independent living and the recreational, convenient lifestyle it offers.
The Right Time to Move
The rise in life expectancy has changed the reputation of retirement communities. They are no longer regarded as places for retired residents to merely live simply and peacefully. Many independent living communities now welcome residents as young as 55, implying that individuals can spend several happy decades in retirement communities. Some aged adults live in retirement communities out of necessity. They may no longer have the capacity to live alone at home, having needs that must be tended to on a regular basis. However, an increasing number of aged adults are opting for independent living solely because of the lifestyle. Here are some of the attractive and appealing benefits that retirement communities have to offer.
Meals and Maintenance
Spending precious time and energy on the care and upkeep of a home can take a toll. It is inconvenient to handle repairs by yourself or even fork out money to hire a professional. Even adults who are capable of handling repairs, housework, and upkeep choose to relocate to an independent living community so that such responsibilities can be delegated to others. Meal preparation is another time-consuming activity that includes shopping and cleaning up. Many older adults are eager to reclaim those hours and devote them to activities they find enjoyable. Furthermore, meals conceptualized by dieticians and prepared by professional chefs ensure a well-balanced and nutritious diet.
Opportunities for Socialization
As one embarks upon their golden years, it is important to maintain a thriving social life. Having friends and a stable support system is paramount to one’s health and wellbeing. Loneliness and social isolation have been scientifically linked to a variety of mental and physical illnesses among aged adults, such as depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Even then, residents in retirement communities have both the privacy of their own apartment and groups of friends at their doorstep – the best of both worlds. A daily calendar of activities also provides structure as well as the opportunity for socialization.
Cognitive decline, medical problems, and high-risk falls are common problems faced by older adults Some people relocate to retirement communities due to their previous experiences, leaving them unable to carry out daily tasks by themselves. Such communities, especially independent living, ensure safety in numbers while still allowing residents to employ home health aides for personal care purposes. Some even make the move before developing age-related problems. Being in a safe environment gives them peace of mind – help will be granted should they require it.
Embark on Your Golden Years with Discovery Village At Castle Hills
If you want to find out more about independent living and the lifestyle programs we offer at Discovery Village At Castle Hills, reach out to our team, who can schedule a tour and answer any questions you might have about life here.