encompasses a broad spectrum of housing, from age-restricted
apartments and condos with no services, to assisted living
and memory care facilities with round-the-clock care.
Senior living communities include
homes, villas, condos, town homes, cottage or golf homes,
ranch condos, mobile, modular or manufactured houses located
in park like communities. Also senior retirement villages
are popular. Senior like lake property and recreatopma;
lifestyle communities on the waterfront or at the beach.
Senior communities are everywhere in small towns, big cities,
rural, exurban, exurbia, suburbs.
As the Boomers turn in to Seniors, life
at a Senior Community rather than an Active Adult Community
could be more serving of their needs, but will need to evolve
to serve the baby boomers with their different culture and
generational expectations. Senior communities are already
doing surveys to determine what the younger seniors and
future residents want.
Assisting seniors and all 55+ adults find and evaluate independent
living housing options to
meet their needs. Senior communities and facilities types
include independent senior living centers, assisted living
centers, senior apartments, continuing care retirement communities,
congregate housing, and even active adult communities.
Community types include Active Adult Communities - Independent
Living Retirement Community - Continuing Care Retirement Community
- CCRC Assisted Living Centers - Senior Apartments
Senior Real Estate
-SRES designees often take
more time explaining the process of buying and selling in
order to relieve the anxiety caused by lifestyle changes.
For this active market segment there is no stereotypical
"senior buyer". Senior specialist know there are
many reasons their buyers enter into a real estate transactions
at this age - From death of a spouse, being closer to grand
kids, or just downsizing to a smaller home with no maintenance
an SRES is trained to help clients in their search for senior
housing community. More...
Living Communities Can Help Seniors Live a Longer Healthier
many seniors get to retirement age, they start thinking about
different things. For example, “where will I live?”or
“who will take care of my yard when I can’t do
it anymore?” These are all important factors that can
seem unimportant until the day that they become glaring problems.
It’s much better to think of them now while they’re
non-issues than wait until you have to make a quick decision.
By choosing to live in a senior living community, these will
no longer be an issue since as part of your residency, they
will take care of all this stuff allowing you to enjoy your
retirement years. However, senior living communities can also
make seniors live a longer and healthier life. The reasons
are physical and social in nature.
by staying physically active at a senior independent living
facility, a retiree can prevent degeneration of muscles,
bones, and other vital tissues. This truth is backed up
by the National Institutes of Health which states that even
moderate physical activity can improve the health of frail
seniors or those with diseases like diabetes and heart disease
which affect older people.
At a senior living community, you benefit
from organized water aerobics, yoga, cycling, walking trails,
and sometimes even dancing classes. These are all supervised
by trained professionals so you really reduce your risk
of injuring yourself doing these exercises. You also benefit
from trying out new things which is good for the spirit.
Accomplishing a new feat such as learning a new dance step
or beating your old power-walking time provides a sense
of achievement which is good both physically and spiritually.
Physical activity is also good for preventing
the wasting that’s all too common in today’s
seniors. With longer life expectancies, many people are
living longer in numerical terms but aren’t living
the quality of life due to physical wasting caused by inactivity.
At a senior living facility, the exercise coordinators and
doctors design exercise plans that focus on the four major
focus areas for seniors which are strength, endurance, flexibility,
and balance. Weakness in these four areas is usually a major
culprit in falls, joint problems, and other ailments which
commonly affect seniors.
Social- the social aspect inherent in a
tight knit community of retirees like you is extremely important
during retirement years. Although many people “retire”
to their houses and watch TV or other non-exerting activities,
losing out on the life-long social networks that a career
usually provides can lead to mental problems like dementia
and Alzheimer’s Disease. When the brain is not engaged
in social interaction, there’s a good chance that
the sharpness and mental acuity go away.
According to the Australian Longitudinal
Study of Ageing, a group of friends is more likely to increase
the life expectancy of a senior than close relationships
with family. This isn’t to say that family isn’t
important but it was found to not matter anywhere close
to having a strong network of friends. This is built into
a senior living community since there are so many people
living in them that you can become friends with. This positive
effect on longevity is still the same after major life changes
like the death of a spouse or family member. This is the
power of friendship!
The reasons for this increased longevity
are speculated upon by the study’s authors. They hypothesize
that friends encourage each other to take care of themselves
and push their friends to go to the doctor sooner to prevent
serious diseases from developing. They also are there to
provide a shoulder when someone loses a loved one. This
socially embedded nature is built into an independent living
Overall, retiring to a senior living community
is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken
lightly. There are many forms of retirement which include
staying in your house, moving in with family, and also choosing
to live in an independent living community. There are pros
and cons to each of these decisions but choosing to live
in an independent living community can increase your life
span due to the social network and physical activities that
they provide. This is especially helpful for those who’ve
lost a lot of friends or who have moved to a new town for
their retirement. The “club” like feel to these
communities and their scheduled physical and social activities
make them an attractive choice. Studies have shown that
the social interaction can increase longevity even after
the death of a spouse and other milestone events. You should
strongly consider moving to a senior living community since
they will take good care of you and provide the things that
make life longer and full of happy years.
to Choose the Right Senior Living Community
you've finally made it. You’re now ready to enjoy the
benefits of all these years of hard labour and it’s
your time to kick back and relax. But if you were planning
on going the senior retirement living home way, there are
a few things you'll have to take into consideration before
you make your choice. So I decided to give you a few valuable
tips that will help you choose the best senior community home
for your needs.
First of all, the
first thing you should look at when you first enter a senior
community is the dynamic with the staff. Do they look like
they're enjoying their jobs? Do they look stressed and exhausted?
Are they making an effort to build rapport with the residents?
These are all small but important details that you'll have
to take into consideration if you want to feel welcome in
your new environment.
If you're choosing the senior community
for your parents, please take time to take their feelings
into consideration since they'll hopefully be living with
these people for a long time, so think about parents before
you think about your wallet... If your parents are rather
independent, you can always consider a senior independent
community. Senior communities are like small gated communities
where retirees can enjoy their freedom while being under
the supervision of well trained professionals that will
cater to their needs.
If you're not sure you'll be financially
stable enough to afford to stay in a senior community for
the rest of your retirement years, you can always go for
a non-profit senior retirement community. Organisms like
the Ontario association of non-profit homes and services
for seniors are dedicated to providing not-for-profit long
term care, seniors’ community services and housing
to their members. If you want to join the OANHSS, all you
have to do is go to their website at www.oanhss.org, choose
the membership level you feel is the best for you and download
a membership application form.
If you have health issues that might require
continuous assistance, you have to take a look at how medical
care is provided. Check if they provide assisted living
or skilled nursing home care on the ground 24/7. Some senior
communities even have a full time doctor on site. But you
have to keep in mind that the more service you get, the
more you'll have to pay usually, so make sure you know exactly
what you can afford before you make a choice. You should
also check if the entry fee is refundable in the case you
don't enjoy your experience. This way, you won't have to
stick for the whole term of the contract if you’re
not fully satisfied with the service you're getting.
So there you have it. While there are many
other factors you'll have to take into consideration before
you make your final decision, these ones should be more
than enough to get you started. Seniors
remember to look for a place with a great atmosphere and
interaction between the staff and the residents, go for
a non-profit if you're on a tight budget and make sure you
know exactly what you're getting before you sign anything.
This way, you'll be able to enjoy your retirement days with
peace of mind in the right senior living community for you…