Today’s seniors recognize that retirement is a new beginning. The extra free time gives them opportunities to try new things, explore new places, and meet new people. A lot of these changes started in modern senior living communities. With a new focus on engaging lifestyles, communities like Cambridge Village of Apex, North Carolina, are changing the face of retirement.
To learn more about how Cambridge Village of Apex can change your retirement experience, order a brochure online.
How Retirement Has Gotten a Makeover In Today’s Senior Living Communities
A Focus on Fitness
Being retired shouldn’t mean being inactive. Keeping up with regular exercise increases your general feeling of well being and decreases the risks for health issues.
Today’s retirement communities are offering their residents dozens of opportunities to stay healthy. With heated pools, gyms, yoga classes, walkways, and more, it is easier than ever to choose your path to well-being.
Spacious Living Options
Some older retirement communities were full of cramped one-room apartments that felt more like hospital rooms than homes. This has changed with the new generation of communities and seniors. Now residents can choose from a wide variety of spacious floorplans, often with kitchens and multiple bedrooms.
Plenty of Amenities
Senior living communities of the past didn’t offer much in the way of common space. Usually, there would be a dining room and a common room full of lumpy couches and a too-small TV that played reruns on repeat.
Modern retirement communities turn this stereotype on its head by providing a variety of amenities where senior residents can meet, mingle, and relax. Common rooms usually include theaters, libraries, extensive grounds, and all-day restaurant-style dining.
Great, Diverse Food
Speaking of food, don’t expect a fixed calendar of bland, tepid, cafeteria-style offerings from today’s retirement communities. Residents in senior living communities can expect more diverse meal options. Modern retirement communities provide the variety they want with a rotating menu of delicious and fresh meals.
Why should any stage of life be boring? Senior living communities keep residents on their toes with a calendar packed with several event options a day. With the constant schedule of trips, classes, and parties, a lot of retirees are even more active now than they were when they worked.
Choosing a senior living community is not unlike choosing a new home or apartment. There are many things to take into consideration for the place you’ll call home.
Start with these five things:
Just like you’ve shopped for mortgages and rent that fit within your budget, the cost of a senior living community is one of the biggest factors to consider. But beyond just the total cost, take into account what that cost includes (such as meal plans or cable TV) and compare it with your own total cost of living.
As with any place you’ve lived, deciding on a senior living community includes a judgement of floor plans, design and available amenities such as a pool, spa, gym and more.
Level of independence
There are varying levels of independence found within senior living communities and older adults all have different needs as it relates to care and supervision. Look for one that offers the level of independence you desire today but includes options for the care you might need in the future.
Perhaps the best part of senior living communities is the selection of activities offered. Whether you enjoy playing sports, participating in the arts, learning or just about anything else, you can typically find it in a senior living community. Of course, you’ll want to choose a community that offers the kinds of things you like to do.
Proximity and transportation
As they say in real estate: location, location, location. If you have grown children or other family members in the area, you might keep the proximity of a senior living community in mind during the decision-making process. You should also size up any transportation services offered by the community as a means for you to get out and around.
Take a Tour
Now that you have an idea of some of the basics to look for, schedule a tour to see how Cambridge Village of Apex measures up. This senior living community is located in the heart of Apex, NC, a town that has racked up awards for “best place to live,” “number-one small town” and “best place to move.”
Come visit us and choose a better way to retire.
The decision to move into a retirement village is a big one. There are many things to consider, such as your finances, your independence and how well you’ll handle the transition out of a community full of friends and neighbors that you’ve known for years. There are several pros and cons to consider and it’s important to weigh each one before making such a commitment.
It’s not difficult to see the many benefits of living in a retirement village.
- An active lifestyle. Whether it’s getting some exercise playing tennis or stimulating the mind over a game of bridge, retirement villages offer an array of activities for residents to stay busy.
- Socialization. Loneliness is a common struggle during retirement. But not so at a retirement village. Residents are surrounded by hundreds of other people of the same age and with similar interests and things in common.
- Safety and security. Seniors can be easy targets for crime but most retirement villages provide a level of security that’s often a step up from what residents previously had in their own homes.
- Good eating. Cooking healthy meals can become more of a challenge as you age. Retirement villages often provide meal services for residents to ensure easy and healthy eating.
- Home maintenance. Leaky faucets or burned out light bulbs can be a nuisance for seniors but these types of home repairs are taken care of by the maintenance staff at retirement villages.
Of course, a retirement village doesn’t come without its disadvantages as well.
- Residents can get worn out. With so many activities to partake in, it’s easy for residents of retirement villages to find themselves exhausted by the end of the day.
- No more chores. Residents of retirement villages no longer have to worry about yard work, cleaning and household maintenance. It sounds like a great deal, but some people actually enjoy doing these types of things.
- No kids around. Some seniors enjoy seeing the children in their neighborhood. You won’t find any children in a retirement village save for the occasional visitor. (Of course, some seniors would see this as a good thing.)
- It can feel expensive. Retirement villages can feel more expensive to some, but that’s largely because all of the living expenses from rent to food and utility bills is lumped into one easy-to-budget number.
- Rules and restrictions. Retirement villages often have rules and restrictions regarding things like noise levels or pets. While some people may see these as a nuisance, many find that they appreciate the ordinances.
To gain a better idea of whether or not a retirement village might be for you, come visit Cambridge Village of Apex and get a glimpse of the good life.
Modern senior living communities are excellent places to call home, but too many people still believe that these communities are cold and impersonal. These people are surprised when they visit one and see that they offer the comfort of home with the amenities of an upscale hotel. In fact, most seniors actually find they prefer life in a senior living community to living on their own.
Why Living in a Senior Living Community is Better than Living Alone
A Chance to Meet People Your Age
Senior living communities are a great place to build new friendships and relationships. When you move in, you will be surrounded by people that are close to your age, with similar life experiences, memories, and values to you. You’ll also have plenty of chances to get to know them with community activities, classes, trips, or walks around the grounds.
No Household Chores
Everyday home maintenance and other chores can become a challenge for people as they age. Senior living communities take these responsibilities off residents’ hands. The staff maintains the landscape and provide housekeeping services allowing tenants to focus on enjoying retirement.
A Packed Activities Schedule
A lot of seniors’ lives start to stagnate when they retire. If they’re living on their own, it can be hard to find the energy to get out of the house and experience new things. Retirement communities make it easy to have an engaging, active lifestyle by offering dozens of activities, trips, classes, and games a week.
Senior living communities offer easy access to amenities that might otherwise be expensive or hard to access. For instance, Cambridge Village of Apex has an in-house spa, fitness center, pool, pub, restaurant, and more.
Seniors living on their own may not be able to get help for themselves in case of an emergency. If a senior falls in their own home, they may not have a way to reach out for help. Senior living communities have 24/7 staffs, so residents are always covered in case of an emergency. Some communities, like Cambridge Village of Apex, even provide on-site medical care.
Visit Cambridge Village of Apex, North Carolina, and see what modern senior living communities have to offer. Schedule a tour to see if it’s a good fit for you.