Active Adult Living: Not Your Grandpa's Retirement

In 1915, the average human lifespan was 54 years. Back then, the words “senior citizen” and “retirement” would invoke images of quiet grandparents sitting on porches watching the world go by or images of people in nursing homes passing the hours with little activity around them.

In 2006, the average lifespan in the United States grew to 78 years, thanks to improvements in dietary habits, medical advances, and improved motor vehicle and workplace safety measures. According to Kevin Kinsella and Victoria A. Velkoff of the U.S. Census Bureau, one of every five people in the world will be age 60 or older by 2050.

As the demand for communities that cater to senior citizens continues to increase, so will the opportunities for an active adult retirement.

Enjoying an Active Retirement

There is a great range of living opportunities for today’s seniors, everything from independent living communities to assisted living and nursing homes.

If you are an active adult trying to decide whether an independent retirement communityis right for you, consider the following questions:

  • Am I 55 years or older?
  • Do I like to have fun?
  • Can I take care of my day-to-day needs?
  • Do I want to be with other people my own age?
  • Would I like to be in a community that provides social, educational and healthy living opportunities?
  • Do I want to continue enjoying activities like golf, swimming, tennis and outings to the theater?

If you answered ‘yes’ most or all of these questions, then an independent living community for active adults might be right for you.

What to Expect From Active Adult Living

Independent living communities (also known as senior apartments, retirement homes or 55 plus communities) are ideal for active adults who do not require assistance with activities of daily living such as personal care, meals and dressing.

Independent living communities are comprised of homes or apartments, and provide a wide variety of activities and social opportunities for active adults.

Activities may include:

  • Book clubs
  • Card groups
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Music lessons
  • Dance classes
  • BBQs

Residents can pick and choose what activities interest them and quickly set out on their next adventure or learning opportunity.

Find Active Adult Living Communities

Retirement now can lead to a rebirth for active adults. Their families are raised. Their careers are (often) complete. Now seniors can explore new interests, volunteer opportunities and build friendships with people in the same phase of life.

There is no need to settle for a quiet retirement if you are an active adult who wants to remain busy, continue learning and simply have fun. Browse our nationwide directory to Find Independent Living near you today!

Written by senior housing writer Meredith Olson.