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Senior Living Communities: Costs and Key Benefits

As you approach your senior years, your thoughts drift more and more toward retirement. And one of the main things you’re likely thinking about is where to live.

Retirement communities, specifically 55+ senior communities are becoming a more popular choice for seniors. Are you considering an over 55 community? Are you on the fence and not quite sure whether life in a 55 plus community makes sense for you?

If that’s the case, this article can help. Below we look at some of the main benefits of living in a 55+ community. These benefits are a big reason why these senior communities have become such a popular option for seniors… and may be a great option for you!

Costs of Senior Living Communities

Most senior living communities have a monthly rate that ranges from $1,500 to $6,000. Some will require move-in fees, while others will also offering additional care services that can range from $1,000 and up.

Key Benefits of Senior Living Communities

Health Benefits

Did you know many 55 plus communities can provide you with some amazing health benefits? You might not even be aware of it, but you can definitely benefit physically, emotionally and mentally from living in a like-minded community like this. Check out these health benefits below.

Physical Benefits

In an active adult community, you have a constantly active lifestyle. These communities offer a lot of amenities to encourage seniors to be active.

There are a lot of options for you to choose from. 55+ communities offer a lot of resort-like facilities that usually include a gym, a community pool, walking paths and more. These will surely inspire you to get up and get moving. And we all know keeping active is key to good health!

Emotional and Mental Benefits

Because you are living in an age-restricted community, you are constantly surrounded by like-minded people who understand what you are going through, share similar interests, and more.

Having peers who are the same age as you also help you feel like you are a part of the community. This encourages those who live there to forge new relationships with people who share the same passions as you do. And are at the same stage of life. This is a great way to reduce the risk of getting depressed and lonely.

Cost Saving Benefits

In addition to the health benefits, a 55 plus community can also offer you cost saving benefits. You might think that living in a new community as opposed to your old home will cost more, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Living in your old home can require renovations and changes. Both to keep your house in good working condition and to make it more senior friendly. Compare that to the homes, condos or apartments in a 55+ community.

The homes are designed with the long-term safety and comfort of seniors in mind so you can avoid worrying about your safety. The fee you pay for living in a community also gives you access to luxurious resort-like amenities, as previously mentioned.

It’s unlikely you’d have access to such amenities in a “regular” home without having to pay much more for gym and health club memberships.

Resort-Like Amenities

Every 55+ community offers different amenities. Most of these amenities truly are resort-worthy. It truly is like living in a fancy resort you’d go to on vacation.

You can expect gyms or fitness centers that offer full services. There are also Olympic-sized swimming pools so you get in your daily laps or water aerobics if you so choose.  

The public kitchens in many 55+ communities do not disappoint either. Many communities offer cooking classes and demonstrations in chef-worthy kitchens. And you don’t have to cook if you don’t want to. You can just head over to the cafeteria to eat your meals.

Some communities also offer theaters for movie viewings and game rooms for your weekly board games with your friends. Your calendar won’t be empty for sure! And you should never run out of things to do or people to do them with!

Safety Benefits

Additionally, you can sleep easy at night knowing that you are living in a safe community. Most properties in a 55+ are built with gates and there are safety features that the management provides for everyone to keep residents safe.