That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to enjoy an active and exciting life in a retirement community. Besides, many of today’s locations are home to a wide range of ages (from the 50s to the 100s) and offer more than enough personal enrichment opportunities to rival any lively college campus. The intergenerational interaction between younger staff members and residents is another major perk — on both sides of the spectrum.
Letting go of home, especially a place that has been yours for years, is one of the hardest parts of transitioning to senior living. It might be nice to give up cooking and cleaning, but it won’t be done the way you’re used to. These adjustments take time.
On the other hand, when you’re “home,” how often do you get to enjoy a guest lecture on history & literature, take an art class, participate in a weekly Bridge club, or work out in the gym — all without leaving the property?
If you or a loved one has been hesitant about researching senior living options, consider the benefits of being among peers and easily pursuing your hobbies and interests. Yes, it will be a major life change, but it may also be the best decision you’ve ever made.