Some seniors think they shouldn’t begin their search for a senior apartment until they need daily care, but they may not realize that moving to senior living can greatly enhance your independent lifestyle. And if you’re not immediately ready to move, joining a wait list allows you to make a thoughtful decision and get to know the ins and outs of your new retirement community.
I’m Still Active. Why Should I Consider Moving to Senior Living?
You’re active — you can fix a leaky showerhead or clean gutters if you have to. But do you want to? Moving to senior living means you have a groundskeeping team, housekeeping team, maintenance team, and dining team on campus to handle the everyday chores. With more free time, you can dive into activities that you find fulfilling, whether that’s volunteering, taking up a hobby, traveling, or simply spending more time with loved ones.
And maintenance-free living can help your monthly expenses remain more predictable. At a community, your monthly service fee is all-inclusive. You won’t be surprised by the cost of necessary repairs or services that could normally upend your budget.
You may have a workout routine you like, but your fitness opportunities and resources can expand at a senior living community. You’ll find a variety of senior-specific classes and equipment, as well as personal trainers who can help you reach your fitness goals. Group classes serve an array of skill levels, so you can feel confident in trying a new workout. If your joints are sensitive, aquatic workouts are invigorating and low-impact.
And teams at senior living communities know that a healthy lifestyle means more than just workouts. They serve their residents’ holistic wellness. Dining is delicious, and dishes can be tailored to suit your unique dietary needs. Plus, an activity director will be sure to offer activities that serve your mind, body and spirit, including volunteering, cultural pursuits, creative expression, and spiritual and religious services.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Retirement communities want to help their residents stay mentally sharp and intellectually curious. You can rediscover old passions or try new pursuits. You can take classes or join clubs. Communities invite expert speakers and arrange cultural outings. And with a library right on campus, there’s always a new book to read.
A Rich Social Life
Many older adults find themselves feeling lonelier after retirement. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, about 25% of adults over age 65 are considered socially isolated. Loneliness caused by social isolation has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia.
Moving to senior living means interesting neighbors can join you for a meal, meet you for a workout, or join a club with you. Nothing is mandatory, and you can be as social as you choose, but having friends nearby provides the social support you deserve.
Control of the Future
Moving to senior living puts you in greater control over your future. You won’t be forced to make important life changes during a crisis, and you won’t have to worry about burdening your loved ones. When you choose a Life Plan Community, you have access to a full continuum of senior care, giving you a smart plan if your health changes.
I’m Not Ready to Move for a Few Years. What Now?
Join a Wait List
Reserving your spot at a senior living community provides unique benefits. If you join a wait list at a community that’s undergoing an expansion, you’ll likely have a greater selection of residences to choose from. Wait list members are often invited to exclusive gatherings, where they can mingle with their future neighbors and hear progress updates. Additionally, seniors who reserve their residence before construction is complete have greater opportunity to customize their space to their taste.
Joining a wait list also gives you extra time before you move to plan for your new residence and decide how you’ll decorate it. If you need to rightsize, you have the time and space to go through a lifetime of belongings without feeling rushed.
If you’re considering moving to senior living in Atlanta, Georgia, Canterbury Court has an exciting expansion on the horizon, and you can reserve a brand-new senior apartment. To find out more about this unique opportunity, contact us. A member of our team would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.