What to Look for in a Retirement Community

David Deem

For the throngs of baby boomers planning for their futures, retirement looks a lot different than it used to. Today’s prospective retirees aren’t necessarily looking to slow down...they’re looking for living environments that will support their active lifestyles long into the future. In fact, a 2015 report from the Population Reference Bureau found that adults who participate in regular physical activity were less likely to experience a major disability compared to those who don’t.

If you or a loved one is ready to explore the next stage of life, the experts at myMHcommunity.com offer the following tips to help soon-to-be retirees find communities designed for an active and social lifestyle:

- Inquire about access to less conventional outdoor activities. Not every retiree these days is a golfer, so find out if the community you’re considering offers less common activities, such as pickleball, Zumba or yoga classes.

- For those who are active in more traditional sports like tennis, softball and golf, find out if the community has organized teams, or maybe even their own fields and courses. 

- Make sure the community offers social activities that align with your particular interests, such as art, dance or music.

- Many retirement communities offer ways to connect with the community, such as volunteering, EMT groups or fundraising committees. Such activities keep you connected to a bigger cause during retirement years.

- The ability to connect with neighbors is another important quality to look for, so be sure to get a feel for the residents at a community you’re considering so that you’re comfortable with its “personality.”  

By fully evaluating potential communities, boomers can make sure they’re safeguarding their active lifestyles and social connections for years to come. 




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