A few generations ago, seniors contemplating retirement had frustratingly few options. They could live at home, move in with their kids, or roll the dice and move into a nursing home, uncertain about the type of care they would receive. Today’s seniors have already changed society a lot. From protesting injustices to demanding greater equality for all groups, they’ve now turned their attention to revolutionizing the aging process. They want better senior living solutions, and increasingly, they’re getting them. Seniors retiring in Georgia now have a number of great options for senior living.
Today’s seniors are not content to spend their golden years quietly watching TV or knitting in a rocker. They want retirements filled with purpose, adventure, and rich relationships. Both independent living communities and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) offer an alternative to living alone. So which one is right for you? Here’s what you need to know as you weigh your options.
Many seniors say they want to remain in their homes as they grow old. But life is full of surprises. Sometimes the perfect retirement plan looks much different than you anticipated. Many seniors find that aging in place is difficult, isolating, and even dangerous. As you age, it can be challenging to explore new activities and hobbies, stay in touch with friends, and keep up with the seemingly endless demands of home maintenance.
Independent senior living offers the best of all worlds: a safe environment where a senior can get help when they need it; an independent lifestyle with the freedom to live life as the senior sees fit; a close-knit community that offers numerous activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. Seniors who choose senior living communities lead happier, more active lives. So what’s so great about senior living? Here’s what seniors love most about independent senior living.
The Boomer generation has made a difference in each market they have entered, and senior living is no exception. Thanks to Boomers being specific about what they want senior living to look like—active, healthy, and fun—senior living communities no longer feel like clinical settings. Instead, senior living communities are vibrant and beautiful, with amenities that many people only experience during expensive hotel stays.
If it is time for you or your aging loved one to make a positive change in living arrangements, independent living is a wonderful option. Once you find the right fit, you will be surprised at the benefits you or your loved one will begin seeing right away.
Life is full of transitions and next chapters. Children grow up and start jobs or go to college. They get married, have kids of their own and may move. Transitions almost always offer new opportunities, but they can also be scary. That may be why many seniors are reluctant to transition from their current living arrangement into an independent living community. Just as you might have felt homesick your first night of college or anxious about getting married, it’s normal to be unsure about the next page of your life story. For many seniors, independent living offers a bridge to a vibrant community; new friendships; and many more years of learning, giving back to the community and connecting to others.
Independent living preserves a senior's independence while placing them in a community of like-minded people. It balances the many competing needs of today’s seniors by offering:
A ready-made community that doesn’t intrude on privacy.
Help when a senior needs it, without compromising independence.
An end to the frustrations and costs of home maintenance, without an end to independence.
Access to transportation, classes, meals, and other amenities just outside your door.
Retirement is probably the first time in your life that you haven’t been saddled with seemingly endless responsibilities. That doesn’t mean retirement is obligation-free. The demands of keeping your home in order, nurturing relationships with your children and grandchildren, and sustaining lasting friendships can feel like a full-time job. Independent living may offer a solution to the competing demands of the next chapter of your life. You can settle into restful bliss, schedule an active social calendar, or master new skills without the demands of tending a yard, maintaining a home, and worrying about transportation.
An overwhelming majority of seniors say they want to remain independent as long as possible. But for many, remaining at home is actually a barrier to independence. A house can become a financial burden, a source of endless work, and even a barrier to socialization and learning—particularly if you no longer drive, or prefer not to drive at night.
Every new experience can be scary, and aging is no exception. But seniors are living longer, happier, more productive lives than ever. Nearly seventy percent of seniors say that the past year of their lives has been normal or better than normal. Most want to remain active members of their communities and trusted confidants to their families. Though most seniors say they want to live at home, just 43 percent of seniors over 70 find living at home easy.