Myth-Busting: Active Senior Living Communities

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Jul 09, 2024

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What if you could live in a community that is designed to support your active lifestyle, overall health, and well-being with resources right at your fingertips? What if you could say goodbye to shoveling snow in the winter, mowing the lawn in the summer, and home maintenance chores all year long? This can all be yours when you make the choice to live in an active senior living community. And don’t believe the myths – it can be one of the most liberating and exciting times in life, especially now with all the current options available.

Active senior livingUnlike in our parents’ time, today there are vibrant independent living options that actually enhance your lifestyle with resort-like amenities, resources, and a community of like-minded people. It’s a far cry from when ‘nursing homes’ were the only option for older adults who wanted a maintenance-free lifestyle with assistance if needed.

A new era of community living became prevalent for older adults in the early 1960s when the demand for more options for older adults started shifting. Now communities from coast to coast offer amenities and opportunities that maintain active lifestyles and social engagements that make these communities appealing to many older adults.

Debunking the Myths About Active Senior Living Communities

Thinking of senior living communities in the same breath as nursing homes is so last century and couldn’t be further from reality. Let’s debunk a few of the myths about retirement communities:

Myth #1: Does moving to a retirement community mean I will lose independence?

Holly Creek's active senior living community

Fact: Depending on the community, many have different styles of living from completely independent to more support levels if needed. Today’s retirement communities are designed to create independent living options in order to meet the needs of this generation’s active lifestyle. Holly Creek offers options of stand-alone cottages and individual apartments where you are free to live as you wish and participate in events, dining and other social engagements when and if you choose.

Myth #2: Is retirement living boring?

Fact: Almost all senior living communities offer a variety of events that you can choose to participate in. In some cases, the residents create the calendar and events and in others, staff put together activities based on residents’ interests. When you don’t have to spend time and energy on home maintenance chores, you can fully enjoy current interests and perhaps gain new hobbies while meeting new friends. In fact, moving to senior living is one of the best ways to help older adults prevent boredom and avoid social isolation. Holly Creek has so many opportunities, it might be a challenge to fit in all the activities you like, from enjoying the indoor/outdoor pool or fitness center to visiting the theater and art gallery to taking part in exercise classes.

Myth #3: Is retirement living for people too old to live on their own?

Debunking active senior living myths

Fact: Older adults are increasingly embracing the idea of living in active senior living communities. According to USA Today, more than 600,000 older Americans like the idea of getting settled in a community and staying there if their care needs change. While there is no magic age to transition to a senior living community, there are some benefits to making the move while you are able to enjoy the amenities and activities offered in a retirement community. In addition, moving sooner will allow you to maintain living independently, but get adjusted to the community environment and be in the company of others.

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