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Retirement Communities for the Elderly

 

Retirement communities are meant for aging adults who are over 55 and no longer working. These areas are meant for people to truly enjoy their older years and normally provide extensive amenities for their residents.

The term "retirement communities" is a very broad term that encompasses many different kinds of housing, but generally includes the 55 and older limitation. It is different from a retirement home since these generally encourage socializing more so than a retirement home would. Retirement communities encourage a sense of community amongst its residents, hence having the word "community" in its name.

There are different types of retirement communities: active and supportive. Active communities are for more active seniors, who do not need supportive care. Supportive communities are for less-active seniors, who need help with day to day activities. Examples of supportive communities are assisted living facilities and nursing homes. There are also combinations of active and supportive communities, so there is always a best fit for every patient when it comes to retirement communities.

Retirement Living
With all the options out there now, retirement living is seen as a very valuable experience for senior citizens. Choosing to go to a retirement community, an assisted living facility, or moving to a nursing home are all valid options for some elderly people.

These facilities are also more affordable and more in demand than ever. Retirement living has a lot to offer for senior citizens. Activities are provided for senior citizens in most cases, as is transportation to and from the center, so they are able to go out and complete needed activities. Residents are encouraged to go out and volunteer in the community in order to give themselves a greater sense of purpose.

Retirement living is all about celebrating your golden years in the best way possible, and one of the best ways possible is through working with retirement and senior communities, as well as other eldercare programs and facilities.

Senior Communities
Senior communities are limited by age. Some specify that at least one resident must be 55 or older and the whole building's population can not exceed a percentage of 20% under-55 residents. Others specify sometimes that all residents must be 62 and older. These are the two most popular regulations, but sometimes they differ based upon the complex.

Senior communities usually don't have supportive care and expect residents to be able to care for themselves. However, they provide activities for their residents and have private apartment-style rooms meant to encourage social lives amongst the elderly. Senior communities are meant to be true communities, so that it feels more like a family to their residents. Senior communities encourage autonomy for its members and allow members to enjoy their golden years through activities and excitement.

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