Retirement Communities

Planning Retirement

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You may be at the point in your life when you’re just about ready to retire and are seriously considering a retirement community as your next move. Many people already have and it’s proven to be one of the best decisions they’ve made in their lives. While you may have some questions and reservations regarding your decision, here are a few reasons that just might persuade you to press on and make that transition to a life full of luxury and independent living.

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Live Carefree and Independent

Living in a retirement community doesn’t mean you have to give up your privacy, independence and freedom. If anything, these three factors are even more empowered and now you can enjoy them to the fullest. Not only will you have your own space, be it a house, condo, apartment, etc., but you’ll also have your own itinerary. You’ll be able to do things on your time and are in no way required to follow any set schedule for meals, recreation, bed time and the like. Eat, play and sleep whenever you want.

And unlike assisted living and nursing homes, you’re allowed to come and go as you please in a retirement community. Feel free to go on vacation, visit family out of state, or just take a stroll around the block to your favorite restaurant without having to get permission or be chaperoned by a staff member.

You’re basically living like you would if you lived in a traditional neighborhood setting, but with a more controlled environment which includes access to great facilities, fun activities and 24 hour security. 

Enjoy the Conveniences and Amenities of the Community

Imagine never having to get in your car, drive around for hours, going from one location to the next, running endless errands; most of which usually have a considerable distance between them. Your whole day is spent sitting in traffic or fighting for the nearest parking spots.

In a retirement community, you’ll find everything from fitness centers to beauty salons and everything in between just walking distance from your front door. These days, more and more communities are making it easier for residents to live a relaxing and effortless lifestyle by having everything they need on the compound. This can include, but isn’t limited to libraries, fitness facilities, financial centers, chapels, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking gardens, convenience stores, and so much more. Not only will you save on gas, but you’ll have more time in the day to do the things you love to do.

Stay Active and Socially Involved No Matter Your Age

Life in a retirement community is anything but boring. Every day can be filled with fun activities that get you mentally and physically stimulated as well as socially involved. Some communities have weekly, if not daily, events that include reading clubs, bingo, exercise classes, art workshops, group discussion and lectures, potlucks, sports competitions and many more.

You’ll not only learn new things and gain new experiences, but you’ll also build new friendships with the people in your community and lasting relationships that’ll make your stay there that much more valuable. 

No More Domestic Duties and Other Household Chores

If nothing else, this would have to be one of the top reasons why many choose to move into a retirement community. Take a moment and dwell on the reality of never having to clean your house because housekeeping is available upon request, never having to do the laundry thanks to the onsite linen and laundry service, never having to mow the lawn since there’s a grounds keeper who maintains the landscaping, never having to cook a meal again (unless you want to of course) because of the dining hall that serves great food throughout the day and so many other domestic duty-free reasons that’ll make you feel as if you have a whole staff working just for you. And with a helpful concierge on the premises and free local transportation; you’re basically living a life of luxury.

Retirement Communities are Safe, Secure and Keeps Life Simple

Safety is very important in a retirement community which is why establishments do everything they can to make their residents feel as safe as possible. Some communities go as far as including gated entrances, surveillance cameras and even 24 hour security. You can rest assured that you, your loved ones, your personal belongings and property are in good hands. These additions will give you peace of mind as well as reduce any stress that pertains to living alone or unprotected, allowing you to relax more and focus on the simple joys of life.

Author Profile: Mary Herald is a freelance writer for, a sought after assisted living and independent living community for seniors. To learn more about this retirement community in Antioch, CA, visit this page.

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