If you plan to retire soon or are already retired, you’re probably thinking about the next step, which may include travel, visits with family, or volunteering. You may even debate a move. Downsizing frees you to pursue your retirement dreams, and living in a retirement community makes your life easier in several ways.
Find Freedom From Home Maintenance
Whether your retirement plans include taking up a hobby, spending more time with family or traveling the world, you’ll find that it’s easier to achieve those dreams when you don’t have a list of home maintenance chores to handle.
Chores like cleaning roof gutters, repairing leaky pipes and mowing the lawn require time you’d rather spend on fun and fulfilling activities. Plus, home maintenance expenses can be costly, especially when big-ticket items like the roof, furnace or major appliances break. You may also find that you feel stressed about keeping up with repair jobs, including spreading mulch, changing hard-to-reach light bulbs or hiring professionals for repairs you can’t do yourself.
Moving to a retirement community gives you freedom from home maintenance chores. You’ll feel more relaxed knowing that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of repairs and maintenance.
Think about your current home ownership costs. Property taxes, insurance, security, maintenance, and repair bills may add up to thousands of dollars a year. You won’t have these expenses when you move to a senior community.
Additionally, consider other ways a retirement community saves you money. With numerous housing options, you can choose a new home based on your budget, allowing you to maintain your standard of living on a fixed income. Amenities like transportation and meals may also reduce your regular living expenses since you won’t have to own a car or buy groceries. A fitness trail and exercise room also help you maintain your physical, mental and emotional health goals, which can reduce your health care costs.
These benefits all put money in your pocket as you enjoy your retirement years. You can then use those resources to support your favorite charity, spoil your grandchildren or fund an expensive hobby. The possibilities are limitless because your move to a senior community saves you money.
Improve Your Security and Safety
Living in a retirement community gives you peace of mind. Security personnel, lighted sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, and common areas, working fire alarms and smoke detectors, and other measures protect you and your home. Nearby medical care provides reassurance that your physical needs will be met if you get sick or have an emergency. Also, your neighbors can watch your home when you go on vacation or travel, and they will check on you. The advantage of security and safety in a senior living community improves your well-being and gives you peace.
Spend time learning and boosting your cognitive function when you take part in retirement community activities. Many communities offer classes and lectures along with opportunities to learn new skills and hobbies like music, art or woodworking. Maintain your commitment to lifelong learning and exercise your brain with the learning opportunities you gain in a senior living community.
Build a Community
Friendships enrich your life, reduce loneliness and isolation, and provide mental and physical benefits. Find dozens of new friends in a retirement community. Here, like-minded individuals welcome you into the community, provide companionship and share life. Together, you and your friends can enjoy:
- Exercise and fitness
- Special occasions and holiday events
- Classes and lectures
- Game and movie nights
- Social outings
- Coffee, book and other clubs
- Bus trips
Exercise and physical activity support your longevity and are beneficial to your mental health. Research shows that exercise assists seniors in managing arthritis, treating insomnia, preventing heart disease and hypertension, decreasing your cancer risk, fighting obesity, reducing depression, and easing dementia.
Whether you’re a fitness junkie or new to working out, you can remain active and gain dozens of benefits when you take advantage of amenities in your senior living community, such as:
- Cardio and strength training equipment
- A heated, indoor pool
- A personal trainer
- Group exercise classes
- Outdoor walking paths
- Wellness seminars
- On-site relaxing spa services
Giving back to others through volunteering will change your life. Volunteering in your community, a local school, teen center, library, or other location improves your sense of purpose, well-being and mental health, and you’ll have more time to volunteer when you move into a senior living community. Here, you can teach a class, share a skill or welcome new neighbors. Or maybe you’ll decide to serve on the hospitality committee, remove litter or raise funds for a favorite cause. Any help you can offer improves the world and enhances your life.
Because of all the services offered in a retirement community, you may live the flexible life you’ve always dreamed about. Maybe you want to garden, cook or clean our own house. You’re free to do these chores on your own. However, many senior living communities also provide lawn care, meals and housekeeping services, and you can take advantage of those services and spend your time doing something else you love. Consider the flexibility you’ll gain to enjoy your life to the fullest when you choose a retirement community.
Enjoy Interesting Activities
Retirement community residents participate in a variety of unique and interesting activities, so you can always find something new and exciting to do. Play games, watch movies, exercise, or join a club. You can be as social, active and connected as you wish to be thanks to your active senior living community.
Indulge your desire to travel when you move into a senior living community. You’ll have less responsibility for home maintenance, more free time and extra money to travel far or wide. Many senior living communities also host travel events, so you can take a bus trip, cruise or other adventure with your friends and neighbors.
Your current home may be filled with keepsakes, furniture and other possessions you’ve accumulated over the years. Eventually, you’ll have to sell, donate or give away these items. Why not do it now. You decide what to do with your possessions to ensure your wishes are followed. As a bonus, you take only the items you truly love to your new home where you can feel peaceful knowing that you handled this big job successfully and on your terms.
These and other benefits await you in a retirement community. You’ll love the hassle-free living as you enjoy your life. Research your options as you prepare to embrace your new, exciting and active retirement lifestyle.
Cambridge Village of Wilmington is the area’s premier resort style retirement community, offering the conveniences and amenities that you’d expect of a luxury independent retirement community. We take a holistic approach to health, treating the whole person and focusing on well-being in every area: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual. Ultimately, we offer a community that makes people feel at home and an environment they can thrive in. Contact Cambridge Village of Wilmington at (910) 239-9500 for more information or schedule a tour today.