The fountain of youth may not exist in a physical sense, but there is a source of youthful vigor and vitality, a common thread connecting seniors whose retirement years are anything but rocking chairs and reading the paper.
Consider this 100-year-old marathoner, a social worker and therapist who is still seeing clients at age 102, and the late Andy Rooney, who had no plans to fully retire after he left his 60 Minutes post at 92 years young. Their secret? Staying active.
Staying active does not guarantee good health, but it is certainly better for you than sitting on the couch all day.
Today’s retirement communities reflect the desire of prospective and current residents who want to keep moving, to stay active; some are now appropriately called active adult communities.
A static environment is not what boomers and seniors want. They want opportunities to pursue new interests, revisit past hobbies, socialize, volunteer and grow. They also want to relax and enjoy the down time they’ve worked hard to secure. The industry has responded to these demands. Many new senior living communities provide resort-style amenities and features, so that housework and home maintenance doesn’t have to consume the day, and activities to meet a range of interests are available around-the-clock.