For many of us, when we think Senior community, we think old or retired.
In truth, senior communities are better described as 55+ communities. Not only does that sound nicer, but it is more accurately describes the lifestyle.
While many might consider 55 the best time to retire, others think that’s way too early.
Just because someone is over 55, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t still active.
Retirement is not an option.
Why would you not retire?
There are several reasons why you might not be retired. Perhaps you will get more out of your social security by waiting a few more years. Maybe you are at the younger end of 55+. Some people, for whatever reason, will just never be able to afford it.
My favorite reason for not retiring is because you love working too much. That’s how I am. I don’t think I ever want to fully retire. Retirement might just mean working at something you enjoy. For some that might be running a business. For others, it’s philanthropy. It could even be as simple as spending time with your grandkids.
Is a retirement community still right for you?
Whatever the case, if you are the type of person who hopes to never retire, or at least wants to put it off a while longer, you can still live in a 55+ community.
We affectionately call these “Active Adult Communities” for a reason. There will be plenty of retirees here. Part of the American dream has been to work till you’re 65, retire, then enjoy the fruits of your labors.
This dream has clearly changed over the years and there is a healthy diversity of people who are and are not retired. Retirement is not what defines a senior community. What defines them, is that most or all of their children have moved out.
A better name for these might be “Empty Nester” communities. We’re not like salmon, where we spawn, then we die. We live long and active lives. The only problem, is that once the kids are all moved out, the old home can get a little quiet.
Quiet is good, but sometimes it can be lonely, even with your spouse. 55+ communities are great because they give you the chance to make and associate with more people in your same stage of life. This is a place to make lasting friendships.
Will the lifestyle of a senior community even fit my active lifestyle?
Depending on how active your un-retired lifestyle may be, there is always something for everyone here. Even for many retired individuals, the days can fill up quickly with various projects, trips, and family events.
Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you can’t make friends. So you might not make the weekly luncheons. No biggie. Maybe the monthly potluck dinners will fit your schedule better.
Own your own business, but want to sluff work a little more often. Most likely, you’ll find a close neighbor who has plenty of time to cast alongside you.
The point is, being labeled a senior, doesn’t mean you’re dead. Usually it means that you have more time to do the things you really love. Why wouldn’t you want to share this time with others your same age?