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What Kind of Senior Living Community Are You Looking to Retire In?

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Courtesy of Anita Ginsburg

Preparing for retirement and the senior life comes with great expectations and a few challenges. One of the biggest decisions you may be facing is the type of senior living community you want to live in. Not all senior communities are the same. There are plenty of options depending on the type of lifestyle you are planning.

Arts Colony
Your golden years could be the perfect time to explore your inner artist. Whether you like to write, perform music, produce sculptures or paintings, or look into other artistic endeavors, you can likely find a senior residential community that will welcome you with open arms. You might be able to be a mentor or join a group of artists that critique each other’s work in friendly fashion.

Business Professionals
Many seniors continue to work part-time after retiring from their career employment. Some provide consulting or training services while others take college classes to learn new skills. A retirement community with this population is a great place to share common interests and even network professionally. You might be able to trade services, such as writing business ads in exchange for accounting assistance with tax forms. Sharing workplace experience may be welcome to those who are still actively employed.

Social Activities
If you are ready to cut loose and have fun after retirement, a community that offers a broad range of social activities might be for you. Fashion shows, visiting museum displays, celebrity shows, and more are frequently offered at retirement communities where social involvement is key. Clubs for just about any hobby may exist or can be formed. Classes taught by local college instructors are sometimes available onsite at the senior community center. Interesting experiences, learning new things, and having fun with friends are some of the goals in this type of environment.

Senior Support
Heading into retirement for rest and relaxation is another popular style of senior living. This may be especially true for anyone who has a disabling condition or health issue. Often, transportation is provided for doctor appointments and therapies. Onsite hair salons, spas, and room dining service may be available. Comfort pets may live on the premises or visit occasionally. A step-up unit for partial or full nursing care may be annexed to the independent or assisted-living wings of the facility.

Whatever your professional, social, or healthcare needs might be, there is a senior living community waiting for you. Check out several to find the one that best suits your interests.

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.


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