Thinking of Downsizing? The Advantages of Living in an Adult Community

Today’s adult communities are different from those of the past. They are age-restricted residences for those who want to downsize and live a more maintenance–free lifestyle. Often aging adults move to an adult community when their spouse passes away, when they are recently retired, when their family home seems too large to manage, or they are simply planning for a new chapter in their life for any number of reasons.

Downsizing and transitioning from a home full of memories and good times can be challenging. However, as you begin to weigh the pros and cons of making a move like this, you quickly begin to see all the advantages adult age-restricted communities have to offer.  Here are some of them:

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1. Most adult communities place emphasis on activities and fitness.  They often have fitness centers, recreation rooms, and calendars full of exercises and social experiences for those that want to participate.  Whether you want to participate with your neighbors or not, the convenience of walking over to the fitness center and working out is a real plus.

2. Most adult communities have a real sense of community that is felt among the residents. People tend to know their neighbors and make lasting friendships. They may work together to advocate certain causes, and tend to have more concern for the preservation of nature and character of their community. Because many of the residents are retired and have more time than they had when they were working, they often get involved in local organizations such as churches, schools and hospitals, and volunteer their time for tutoring, teaching or mentoring.

3. After taking care of a home and yard for most of your life, truly maintenance-free living can be quite liberating. This typically includes all exterior building maintenance, streets, sidewalks, roofs and driveways.  Many communities also have staff or contractors available to change hard-to-reach light bulbs and make various interior repairs. 

4. Although you may not need any help for a very long time, it's good to know that should you have an illness or accident and need additional support such as housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, or pet care, your association can assist you in receiving the services you need. Your neighbors usually can provide a lot of emotional as well as physical help as well.

5. Floor plans of homes were generally designed with older adults with many different needs and lifestyles.  You can usually find smaller homes that are ideal for single living, two-bedroom homes with two-car garages, walk-in closets, ample storage and covered porches.  You can also find larger 3 bedroom homes that will accommodate extended family visits with extra bedrooms and baths.  Many of the homes have open floor plans with plenty of room for entertaining, and they often have wider doorways, accessible bathroom features and floor plans that allow adults to age in place.

6. There is no need to be retired. Many adult community residents are working. Generally, the only requirement is to be of a certain age, often 55+. People who enjoy traveling for leisure, or travel heavily with their work, find that they appreciate knowing that much of the responsibilities of home ownership are taken care of.  They may feel safer in an adult community where residents know and look out for one another.

7. The location is extremely important when determining which adult community to move to. It may be important to you to be close to shopping malls, hospitals, churches, grocery stores, restaurants, or other community or entertainment facilities.  It may also be a priority to be close to family and friends.  

8. Most adult communities are secluded, ensuring that only approved residents and guests are admitted on the property. Often, these communities also have additional security staff on-site for the residents’ protection. Lighted parking lots, sidewalks, streets and well-lit common areas are important for safety and security.

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If you are an aging adult thinking of selling your home and downsizing, then you may want to consider relocating to an adult community, especially if you don't want to face the prospect of moving again when you get older or have medical issues.  Living in an adult community can afford you the opportunity to 'age in place' even with physical restrictions you may have in the future. It puts you in control of what your future looks like and where you want to spend it. 

It's a lot of work downsizing and cleaning out your home, preparing it for a sale, and moving. Most aging Americans have a house full of 'stuff' to sell, donate, or pass down to the children.  It's good to pace yourself and start the exploring, planning, and cleaning out process well in advance of an actual move.

We're here to help you with your plans, get your home sold, and find you a new home that suits your lifestyle and future goals.  Contact us any time for assistance.