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There’s a reason retirement villages are now called independent living communities

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Today’s seniors are more active and full of energy than they have ever been, and retirement communities are adjusting to their demands.

A changing demographic

Most modern retirement communities place the emphasis on prolonged independence as opposed to dependence for day-to-day living. Residents tend to be older adults who are still active. Facilities are designed to encourage not just passive recreation, but physical movement and exercise as well.

This makes them a far cry from the nursing homes of yester year, which conjure images of residents sitting in front of the TV in a common area.

The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) found that less than 10 percent of residents need mobility aids like canes and wheelchairs, and only 10 percent require personal care services.

Other findings state that the overwhelming majority of residents, or 70 percent, are female. About 30 percent of residents are married.

Overall, the average age is 80 years old. Most residents move in between ages 75 and 84.

An increasing number of seniors are moving to retirement communities earlier than usual. Doing so gives them enough time to build and maintain long-lasting connections as they settle into old age.

New services, upscale amenities

Traditional offerings like housekeeping, meal plans, and group activities are still a staple in today’s retirement communities, but new trends are shaping the experience.

A number of communities have begun providing transportation and banking services. Others go the extra mile by offering 24-hour security, laundry services, fitness facilities, and resort-style amenities like pools and spas.

Some communities have a neighborhood feel to them, featuring public libraries, barber shops, nail salons, and gardens with walking paths.

There has also been a rise in communities with religious affiliations, as well as those that are geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors.

While these communities don’t necessarily discriminate against non-religious or non-LGBT residents, they do provide an accepting and nurturing environment for individuals who identify as such.

Better living

Most planned retirement communities encourage independent living through home design. Single-level homes with low cupboards and high toilets allow residents to live with maximum comfort and ease, and with as little assistance as possible. This, in combination with supportive services, lets them make the most out of retirement.

Entering retirement in this day and age is more exciting than ever, thanks to the surge in communities that give residents countless options. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious community with 5-star amenities or one that helps you simplify your lifestyle, you’ll find one that suits your preference.

Start this new chapter in your life by choosing a community that reflects your goals and values. Make time for your hobbies. Meet like-minded individuals. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Naples, Florida is one of the most sought-after retirement destinations in the United States. Its mild climate, gorgeous scenery, and first-rate active adult communities make it the best place to spend your golden years.

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