Benefits of Moving to Adult Community Centers
For many, deciding whether to retire at home or move to a new place is probably one of the most difficult decisions to make. Leaving your current home where you have lived most of your life is certainly not easy, and for some it is simply not an option. Most retirees choose to stay in their present home for obvious reasons – all the memories they have there. On the other hand, there are those who decide to move to adult community centers. If you are wondering how you can benefit from such facilities, consider the following:
Adult community centers are designed specifically for seniors. This means the layout and structure of the place offers them the greatest convenience. Typically, the home is a one-story building with wide doors and hallways. The laundry room is very accessible. There is a garbage chute in the hallway. A staff maintains and cleans the surroundings and facilities including shoveling snow. Many adult community centers offer housekeeping services. Having someone else do routine chores is one of the attractive features of these facilities. It is valuable for seniors who may have physical limitations and require assistance in these areas.
Adult community centers compose of an entire neighborhood of seniors and this offers a sense of belongingness, especially for older people whose friends are no longer in their old neighborhoods and there are very few people their age they can relate to. In addition, adult community centers are typically gated communities with manned security and 24-hour patrol so they also offer peace, quiet and security.
If the climate in the area where you presently live is cold, moving to a place with milder weather may be good for your health because as one ages, the body is able to tolerate cold environments as well.
There is a misconception among many that adult community centers are restrictive or boring. While there may be some facilities that can be described as such, many retirement communities today encourage independent living and an active lifestyle for seniors. If your idea of adult community centers is a place where old people spend all day just playing cards or bingo, you will be amazed to learn that plenty of retirement communities today feature all sorts of activities such as swimming, tennis, golf, concerts, park and museum visits, nature trips and other organized activities.
If you are wondering if the residents of these adult community centers ever miss their old homes, many of them certainly do. Most bring some of their old furniture to their new homes and, of course, photos of their families. To these people, they will always have the memories of their old homes but they are willing to create new memories in a new place.