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Retirement Community Living for 55+: How to Know if You’re Ready

Over the past few decades, active adult communities have become a trendy option for empty-nesters seeking to downsize. These communities are also known as 55+ adult communities, catering to those aged 55 and older.

An active adult community offers a great way of living for retirees or those without kids living at home anymore. Compared to a traditional senior living community, an active adult community offers amenities, activities, events, and more. In addition to the many things to do, this type of community often offers health care facilities nearby, low-maintenance homes, and plenty of services to make life easier and more enjoyable.

Knowing if you’re ready is essential if you’re considering moving to an active adult community. How exactly do you know when it’s time for a retirement community? There’s no perfect age and time to transition into a retirement community. The choice belongs to you, and it’s a personal decision that will work for everyone in different stages. But if you want an easy way of living that gives you plenty of time to do the things you love, there’s no need to wait! 


Here are a few plusses and minuses of living in this type of community to consider before you make a decision.


Advantages of Living in an Active 55+  Adult Community

Considering why is vital when deciding to live in an active adult community. Some of the benefits of this type of living might be precisely why you choose to live in an active adult community. Let’s look at a few pros before we get into the cons.

Amenities and Activities

An active adult community is designed around an appealing amenities package and regular activities and events. Often, these communities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, a swimming pool, sports courts, a golf course, and much more. You’ll likely enjoy all types of classes, group activities, and regular events, such as concerts, movies, or bingo nights.

Social Environment

Loneliness is often a problem as adults age. Living in a 55+ adult community gives you access to plenty of social events and opportunities to make new friends. This type of community offers all types of events and activities you can enjoy with others.

Low or No-Maintenance Housing

Finding a single-family home in an active adult community is certainly possible, but these communities often offer low- or no-maintenance housing. Most of the housing in a 55+ adult community will provide no-maintenance exteriors. You may not have to do outdoor landscaping or mowing, even with a single-family home. It’s also possible to hire services to handle interior cleaning so that you can enjoy retirement even more. Some communities, such as Bella Vita, provide a concierge service and even bi-weekly housekeeping that is included as part of your rent. 

Many older adults find downsizing or moving to a smaller space appealing. Downsizing and living in a smaller space with less stuff can make life easier and more enjoyable.

Safety and Security

Older adults who live alone are at a higher risk of burglaries, assaults, and scams. A retirement community is a secure and safe space that offers protection and peace of mind. 

Things to Consider in an Active 55+ Adult Community

While there are plenty of great benefits to living in an active adult community, it’s essential to consider the cons before you decide it’s right for you. The following is something to consider with residents who are looking for care services in an active adult community.

Doesn’t Include Care Services

These communities don’t offer assisted living or healthcare services as a part of the monthly HOA fee or rent. There will be no on-site facilities for healthcare as a part of the community. However, you can arrange for in-home care from a third party if the time comes that you need it.

A Retirement Community to Call Home

Bella Vita 55+ community offers you a beautiful home and an active life without any hassle. Owning a home can take a lot of time, attention, and money, leaving little time for the things that really matter. At Bella Vita retirement community, you can enjoy luxury living that caters to this time in your life.



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We’re always here to answer your questions and help you find the lifestyle you want. Take charge of your retirement and choose our active senior living community in Aurora! Please submit a form or call us at 720-770-3626 so our friendly representatives can get in touch with you.

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