With more people living till an older age, it is becoming harder to define what it is to be ‘old’ anymore. Today, modern seniors are changing what it is like to live life in their later years. There is an overwhelming number of news articles and stories about people their eighties or nineties participating in rigorous exercise such as sprint races and gymnastics. With the changing perceptions of what is to be ‘old’, it is no wonder that independent senior living communities are no longer for seniors that cannot function in their own homes. In fact, the age range for such communities might start from 55 years old.
These days, there are several options that seniors can choose from, such as independent and assisted living communities. While the former provides lots of engaging activities and even dining options, the latter helps seniors who might not be able to live on their own anymore. Regardless of what kind of services and amenites that these facilities offer their residents, one thing for certain is that seniors can live life to the fullest in these communities.
Independent Living Vs. 55-Plus Communities
If you are a healthy adult that wants to move into a senior living community, the most common options are independent and 55-plus living communities. While there is no exact definition for either community, they differ greatly from each other in terms of their offerings. Comprehending these differences can help you to better decide what is better for your condition and make a more informed decision.
Renting Vs. Owning
Before you choose to join either of these communities, it is good to know that you can always choose to either rent or own your own home. In fact, there are many of such 55-plus living communities where it is an option for residents to buy their own condominium unit or houses. Many others offer renting options (which usually offer social activities not including transportation or dining). A larger proportion of residents in independent living communities typically prefer to rent their houses although the expenses can cover many other services than just the physical living unit. It is also good to note that 55-plus communities that allow residents to buy their own homes are usually governed by a homeowners association, which might result in an additional fee. Furthermore, it might be challenging to sell your house in the community in the future because the target population is a lot more limited.
Active Social Life
One of the biggest benefits of joining either of these communities is that residents are able to socialize and interact with their peers, who might share the same interests and similar experiences. Independent living communities usually have staff who plan out days filled with games, happy hours, and other social activities so that residents can enjoy their stay there. This can help to alleviate any feelings of loneliness that residents might have previously experienced when they stayed alone in their own homes. Both communities offer services and activities that can keep seniors active and enjoy a much better quality of life.