If you move to independent living, you may never have to cook again.
Every place is different, and your options usually hinge on what you can afford, but in general, independent living communities offer a variety of meal plans to suit the preferences of senior residents. Each apartment is equipped with an adequate kitchen so you can prepare as many (or as few) meals a day as you desire. If you choose to enjoy all your meals outside of the apartment, the kitchen comes in handy for storing leftovers.
A majority of independent living providers offer informal and formal dining venues on campus. For example, residents can enjoy casual, self-serve meals in a café or bistro, or opt for a more formal sit-down dinner, with tablecloths and linen napkins (and occasionally a dress code), ordering from a menu and being served by waitstaff.
From the café to the formal dining room, the dining areas serve as a social hub, where residents can gather for a meal with friends or invite guests to join them. Even if they choose to eat alone or with a spouse, the opportunity to interact with their neighbors and peers makes meal time meaningful and enjoyable.