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20
OCT
2015

Basic Guide: Choosing a 55+ Community

Grand Reserve Retirement CommunitiesWhen you are looking at 55+ communities, it’s important to find the best place for your lifestyle and your needs. You will likely be living in your 55+ communities for the rest of your life, so you need to find a community where you feel completely comfortable. There are some questions that you need to ask yourself to help you figure out what is most important to you so that you can narrow down your options.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself While Looking At 55+ Communities

1. What Kind of Weather Do I Want?

1Do you want it to be bright and sunny all year round? Are you tired of harsh winters? Well, then maybe the Midwest or New England is not the best option. This is why Florida is such a popular option for retirement communities and 55+ communities. Seniors never need to worry about dealing with snow or freezing temperatures.

2. What Kind of Amenities Do I Want?

Are you looking for a place with social activities? Maybe you want a heated pool? Or a Bingo Night? Are there any sports you want to participate in? Do you want to be close to the beach? Make a list of some of the amenities and activities you want available in or near your 55+ community.

3. Is The City Senior-Friendly?

What is the city where the 55+ community is located like? Is it easy for seniors to get around town? Are there activities that you will enjoy near the city? If the city seems to be attracting a younger crowd, it may not be the right community for you. Also, many seniors are looking for walkability and “bike”ability in their city. Is the city walkable and/or bike-friendly?

4. What Type of Home Do I Want?

Are you looking for a house, a condominium, or an apartment? How much space do you want? Do you want larger exterior spaces? What is most important to you. Many people choose to live in manufactured homes that give them the space they need.

5. Is This The Right Option for My Family?

Is it convenient for your family and loved ones to come and visit you? Is it close enough to some of the local airports? (However, you may not want to live right next to an airport) Also, 55+ communities will have restrictions on whether or not your grandchildren can come and visit you. Take a look at the restrictions that have put into place, and decide if they are flexible enough for your family.

Moving into a 55+ community has many benefits for older adults that are looking for a change in their lives. It really is a great option that can make your days a little more relaxing and enjoyable. Find a 55+ community where you feel comfortable. It can be a great place to make new friends and have a nice living environment. This can be a very involved process, so it is necessary to ask yourself some questions to find out what is really most important to you.

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