Older adults now have dozens of choices for where and how to spend their retirement years.
Some of those choices are limited by ability but, for the most part, todayâ€™s older adults are largely healthy and living independently.
So, if youâ€™re in good health and capable of staying in your own home, why make a change?
What would you gain from community living?
By the time youâ€™re ready to retire, youâ€™ll have spent thousands of hours mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow and cleaning out gutters. It takes a lot of time to maintain a home – time that could be spent enjoying the freedom offered by retirement. Older adults enjoying community living donâ€™t have to worry about home upkeep. They can even elect to have their laundry and housekeeping done for them as well. Use that time doing things you really care about like spending time with friends and family, volunteering, traveling or cooking.
It doesnâ€™t just take time to maintain a home. Issues with the water heater, faulty buttons on the microwave, burned out lightbulbs on the front porchâ€”all unexpected headaches that come with homeownership.
Senior living communities like Meth-Wick offer a variety of independent living options such as apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family homes that work with different lifestyles. Each living option includes things like appliance maintenance, transportation, and exercise classes so you can live the life you want without having to worry about your inconveniences that come with home maintenance.
With age, social circles inevitably shrink as family and friends move away and driving gets more difficult. But community living keeps older adults active and connected with a peer group close at hand. Studies show that stronger social connections lead to happier and healthier lives for older adults. Researchers at Northwestern Universityâ€™s Feinberg School of Medicine questioned a group of SuperAgers, men and women in their 90s and 100s who have exceptional memories, about their lifestyle and habits. Genetics, diet and exercise obviously play a role but where the SuperAgers stood out was â€śthe degree to which they reported having satisfying, warm, trusting relationships.â€ť Turns out having a good group of friends is as good for the brain as it is for the soul.
A senior living community is like being in a neighborhood where everyone has had a lot of the same experiences youâ€™ve had. Itâ€™s not about just about bingo and bus tripsâ€”itâ€™s about living the life youâ€™ve been saving for and planning for decades. That life looks different to everyone. Some people want to spend half the year traveling and like knowing their home is protected by staff 24 hours a day. Others are looking for like-minded people to share new experiences with, like taking in local art and culture or trying a new exercise class.
Whatever life you want to live, thereâ€™s a community here for you at Meth-Wick.