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Active Adult Living

Living Out the Golden Years

Choosing an active adult community to live in is a lifestyle choice for thousands of seniors. Many seniors favor these types of communities because of all the amenities and perks offered to make the best of their golden years. What’s the draw? From no maintenance and social activities to work out centers and having meals prepared, it’s a lifestyle made both easy and enjoyable.

Most active adult communities represent an independent lifestyle for seniors who are in good health and don’t require medical assistance yet want to maintain their good health with onsite amenities. Gyms, pools, walking paths, golf, tennis courts and exercise programs are just a few of the onsite amenities offered at active adult communities. Adult communities are designed to enhance and promote good health.

For those who are tired of laundry and preparing meals, some adult communities offer laundry services and daily cooked meals in the community’s shared dining room. At the same time, residents can choose apartments that have fully equipped kitchens to prepare meals themselves. Don’t feel like cooking? Just head for the dining room for a culinary delight. It’s a great way to avoid food preparation and the time-consuming clean up. There’s also less work with no property maintenance or landscaping work.
Since most seniors want to stay socially active, active adult communities have a social agenda that is always packed with fun. Seniors can enjoy onsite dances, craft classes, games, holiday parties, billiard rooms and special field outings with their friends. It’s the ideal way to stay socially engaged and meet new friends.

High angle view of a senior couple visiting construction site of their new home.

Even though active adult communities offer many amenities and perks, it might not be the perfect living choice for all seniors, as there are some restrictions. Seniors who have adult children or grandchildren living with them cannot live at these types of communities. Some adult communities even have a restriction on how many days adult children and grandchildren can stay and visit.

Another thing to consider about adult communities is finances. Condo and homeowner association fees are subject to change. This means that the monthly cost is likely to go up over time. In addition, should common-area repairs exceed allocated funds, seniors may have to pay the difference.

Is an active adult community right for you? It’s really a personal decision. Taking into consideration your wants, needs and finances will help you make the decision that is right for you. If you are not sure if an active adult community is the right step for you….just let me know and we can sit down and discuss the pros and cons of active adult living. There are other homes options available in the Northern Virginia area that might be a better fit for you!

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