Top Features of a 55+ Housing Community and Why You Should Consider Moving to One

Active living adult communities have been a feature of the American landscape for decades, but recent years have seen a surge in neighborhoods age restricted to adults 55 and over. These individuals tend to desire a quieter and more tranquil feel to their residence. The amenities that many such communities offer are second to none. If you are an adult over the age of 55, consider the following features of such a housing community to determine if it is the right fit for you.

Adults OnlyPerhaps your children are grown and you no longer need that big house. Part of downsizing also means that you possibly have the desire to live in a quieter neighborhood with far fewer distractions and noise. This certainly does not mean that children are no longer welcome, but they are not permitted to live in the community. This enables you to feel more freedom to enjoy your surroundings without the added traffic that comes with younger families still making their way in life. Even if you have never had kids, or you are single, an active adult community is geared for your specific age group. You will make new friends and have loads of activities to keep you busy year round.

By living in an adult only community, you will enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from living by neighbors who desire the same out of life as you do. Homes are generally well kept up and the neighborhood is routinely maintained to reflect a resort style feel year round. Children and young adults are wonderful members of society, but many active adults crave the tranquility that comes from an age restricted community. There is much more to offer in this regard as well, so keep reading.

Sports and Activities Galore

Many communities restricted to the over 55 age category have an abundance of activities to keep even the most energetic of individuals busy in any season. From hiking to golfing, there is always something for everyone in the community to take part in. If you are in an area with a lot of similarly positioned active adult neighborhoods, there is likely to be an organized activity that you are interested in taking place in the area. You have worked your entire life to enjoy this season of life. By living in such a community, you can remain active and enjoy many new hobbies that you simply never had the time to explore before now.

There is so much more to an active adult community than mere housing alone. It is a true community. Residents will also be found to organize seasonal events that are designed to bring the neighborhood together. Such communities are also typically safer and are regularly patrolled by neighborhood watch groups or professional security companies. In addition, friends and family members are free to visit you any time they want.

If you are entering that season in life where you feel that downsizing might be in your immediate future, consider the advantages of active adult community living. You might well discover that this is exactly what you have been waiting for!

Fit Active Adults

As Baby Boomers become Active Adults, it is more important than ever to keep exercising. The National Institute On Aging recommends an exercise program that includes endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. These categories can be combined in an exercise, yielding excellent results, and a well-rounded fitness routine. To achieve the best results, you should exercise a minimum of three times a week. Here’s a closer look at the four categories of fitness, and exercises you can do that will keep you active, healthy, and happy

Endurance exercise is very important as we age. It strengthens the cardio system and creates the ability to improve the other aspects of your exercise program. A treadmill, stationary bike or an elliptical walker are easy fits in most homes and provide the convenience of quick access. Other options would be to join a local gym or exercise group ask if they offer low-impact exercises for seniors who want to participate. Biking and walking make good low-impact exercises, but other great outdoor fitness options include swimming and water aerobics. Try to maintain your workout and keep your heart rate up at for least 10 minutes.

Strength training is crucial for stimulating muscle growth. Lifting weights at a gym is one option, but requires some real dedication. It is always better to have an exercise partner. Training outside and with a friend is much more fun and invigorating. Try using a park bench for some triceps dips, or taking your resistance bands to the yard for some outdoors resistance training.

Stretching helps you maintain the freedom of movement necessary to go about your daily routine. Yoga classes are among the most popular fitness classes for all ages. Never bounce into a stretch if you feel any sharp pain while stretching, stop. You should engage in 5–10 minutes of cardiovascular/aerobic exercise, such as walking, to warm up the muscles before you start. Hold each stretch for 15–30 seconds to get the maximum benefit.

The ancient practice of tai chi makes a great balancing exercise that’s also relaxing, and it can be done outdoors. For more balance exercises, The National Institute On Aging recommends the heel-to-toe walk, the balancing walk, and standing on one foot with the back of a chair for balancing. Also consider sitting on an exercise ball to improve balance while doing strength training or stretching exercises. Better balance can reduce fall risks; so don’t write off balance exercises as secondary to aerobic exercise or strength training.

No matter your age or physical condition, exercise can add energy to your day and improve your health. Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor to determine if you’re able to take part in the program you want.

Technology is Easy

Today’s Active Adults have experienced the technology boom and most have tried to use some of the advances to their benefit. Ipad or tablets are becoming another tool for the 55+ crowd to stay in touch and up to date. More than 80% of seniors know how to use the Internet. The items below are not hard to use and can improve the quality of life for Active Adults.

Seniors started life with rotary phones, radio, no cable TV; most news came from the newspaper or the evening news. The Internet has changed that and changed it dramatically. It has taken some time but more Active Adults are using the Internet than ever before. Broadband connections, ease of use, and the need to stay in contact with family all play a part in the growth of Internet use among Active Adults.

Another example of technology advancing rapidly and becoming inexpensive is the cell phones. A cell phone can be a valuable asset anywhere you go. Improved service has made the cell phone easier to use and can actually be a lifesaver for the 55+ crowd. Although a majority of Active Adults own a cell phone of one type or other, many still are not comfortable with one.

In today’s need to know now world, the best way to contact someone is electronically. Emails, texting, social networking sites are the main lines of communication. Nearly every American has an email account including over 55 seniors. The challenge for older people on the Internet is the efforts of spammers and others interested in causing problems or even stealing information. A good security program helps, along with experience.

An E-reader has become the most popular method of reading for many seniors. Although many seniors prefer the old-school method of reading, quite a number of seniors can be seen reading books in digital format too. The ability to adjust font size, enhance the screen, brighten the back ground are all benefits for those with weakening vision.

Communication is now technology based, with many easy to use options. Active Adults can enjoy the benefits without feeling intimidated.

Personal Emergency Response Systems

Active Adults are living longer and are more independent than ever. That is why the Age In Place technology market is growing rapidly. The 55+ buyers in the United States are more tech savvy than other generations, that trend will only continue to grow as technology becomes more user friendly. An area that is gaining popularity is Personal Emergency Response System or PERS.

As they age, the potential for an Active Adult to hurt them at home is what has made the personal emergency response system, a fast growing home health service. There are about two million homes using a PERS to alert caregivers, emergency responders and family members when an emergency situation develops regarding a monitored senior.

The PERS technology market is going through notable changes. The traditional home PERS monitoring station is being phased out and is being replaced by new portable monitoring stations that maintain the strengths of the system such as 48-hour battery backup and two-way voice calling. Panic buttons/pendants are becoming more functional as well.  The new buttons allow users to talk directly to the button/pendant for help rather than having to move to the monitoring station.

Personal Emergency Response System will continue to evolve. Soon there will be integrated offerings, allowing for customized options consumers can choose from.

A Safe Home for All Ages

As Baby Boomers age, they have no intention of being aged out of their homes. Nearly 75 percent of people hope to stay in their homes as they age, according to a conducted by AARP. And the older people get, the more likely they are to want to stay put.

The Active Adult Boomer’s, need to face the possibility of physical challenges that come with aging. Here are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do to make your home safe and comfortable. Consider wide and easy to negotiate pathways in the house. Clear obstacles, and rearrange furniture that a person would need to move around. Check for tripping hazards: move power cords that may catch a toe. There are several inexpensive items on the market that will safely secure the cords out of the way.

Stairs should always be clear of any objects that tend to collect on the lower treads. Also check that railings on stairs inside and out are secure, and make repairs where needed. The stairs should be well lit and easy to navigate. Lighting is crucial in all areas. Add nightlights in bathrooms, guest bedrooms, hallways, and in the kitchen. An easy to reach and operate bedside lamp is a big help as well. Adding motion sensors or dusk to dawn timers easily and affordably lights outdoor walkways and entrances. It is imperative that showers have nonslip floors. To enhance the traction, apply non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip mat, both readily available at home improvement stores.

Edges of rugs can be a tripping hazard, and even a slight scoot can affect a person’s balance. If there are rugs you want to secure rather than remove, non-slip pads can help, but safer still would be to apply double-sided carpet tape or even caulk to attach the rug to the floor. If you choose one of these methods, be mindful that you don’t mar the floor underneath.

Stay Active Stay Healthy

A key to long-term, physical health is a regular exercise routine, as we age exercise becomes even more important. Studies show that people who exercise gain many health benefits, and that older adults can gain strength and energy by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who maladies that accompany aging. Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do, as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.

Some are afraid that exercise will be too hard or that physical activity will harm them. Others might think they have to join a gym or have special equipment. The bottom line is stay as active. As we age it isn’t necessary to be a body builder or marathon runner. A simple routine of walking and stretching can produce tremendous results. Inactivity will only produce negative results. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health states inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medications. Continue reading

Which Door Works for You?

Today’s entry doors come in a variety of styles and materials. Each is designed to add beauty, safety, and energy efficiency to your home. When it comes to selecting an entry door, it is important to understand the various materials and style options available. The main entrance into your home makes a lasting impression from the street; the impact of the entry and quality of materials can add value in the marketplace. Manufacturers are making it easy to customize an entry door. There are a number of options for panel and glass designs, grille patterns, sidelights, and transoms.

Cost, style, and materials need to be considered when choosing an entry door.  Many homebuilding professionals recommend fiberglass. Fiberglass doors have a high insulation value, which makes them the most energy-efficient doors on the market. There is great design flexibility; they can be made to resemble natural wood. They can be easily customized to perfectly match your home’s design. Continue reading

Healthy Thanksgiving Eating in your New Home

Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the traditional holiday season. To many it’s over-eating and football. Soon your diet and clean-eating can be a distant memory With the holidays come a variety of foods we wouldn’t eat at other times of the year, and there is a greater quantity of it.  It’s easy to forget healthy eating habits with a giant turkey, bowls of stuffing and a pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream. Holiday eating does not have to be a disaster for your diet, however. You can enjoy the food of the holidays and still keep a healthy diet. Continue reading

Enjoy the Carroll County Wine Trail

articles-wineOne of the best kept secrets in Carroll County are the amazing wineries. The Carroll Wine Trail will guide you to some of the finest wineries in the state.

A majority of the state’s vineyards are planted in Central Maryland, from the foothills west of Frederick, Maryland to the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Here you’ll find the state’s oldest wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are the stars of this region, which consists of Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery and Frederick Counties.

The Carroll Wine Trail is a place of both historic and contemporary tradition. Home to Maryland’s oldest wine festival, visitors have been traveling to this region for years to taste the fruits of the harvest and to enjoy life––glass in hand!

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Top Reasons to Live in a 55+ Active Adult Community

One way to enjoy your retirement is by considering a 55+, active adult community. Before ruling out this option as being for people who are too old and frail to enjoy life, you need to learn the top benefits of calling this type of community home. 55+ active adult communities are perfect for people who are ready to enjoy the finer things in life. Some popular benefits of living in a 55+ active adult community are highlighted below.

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