You’ve probably made thousands of lists throughout the years of chores, birthday presents, recipes, favorite children’s names, and more. But now it’s time to list what you want in your future so you can decide if the independent living retirement lifestyle is right for you.
It’s important to remember that independent living isn’t designed for those with cognitive challenges or heath conditions that require 24-hour care or assistance. But if you are living successfully on your own, you most likely are a good candidate for independent living.
You want a lifestyle that meets your wants and your needs
This isn’t your ordinary grocery list. This is a list of what you really want this phase of your life to look like, whatever that may be, so take some time to really be honest with what would make an independent living retirement lifestyle the option that best suits you.
For example, here are a few things you might want:
You want to meet new people
You know that isolation and loneliness is bad for you. Your old neighborhood used to be a lively place. But many of your friends have moved away and your family stays busy with their own lives. More often than not, you’re left with an unexciting list of television programs and magazines to fill your time.
You want to feel new energy and inspiration
The same old routine is becoming wearisome. Instead, you’d like an environment filled with energy, discovery, and possibility. You may feel as though you’ve been out of the loop for a very long time, and now you’re ready to create new successes.
You would love a fresh start with less clutter and more freedom
Keeping up a home, cleaning, cooking, organizing, repairing, updating, and more has its rewards, but imagine now having the opportunity to just enjoy your surroundings…and not lift a finger!
You are eager to be on a new path to healthy aging
When you feel good, everything is better. It’s easier to feel good when you’re making the right choices, whether it’s nutritious dining, smart exercising that helps improve balance and strength, lifelong learning that stretches your mental muscles, and healthy socializing. You probably won’t find these resources in your house, but you will find them in the independent living retirement lifestyle.
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The independent living retirement lifestyle: how it checks off your list
Choose the right senior living community and you’ll find a good match in the following:
Lunch with friends. Working in the woodshop. Attending painting classes. Joining a discussion group. Giggling with friends at happy hour. Celebrating your birthday with a lively group. Knowing there is always someone close by who enjoys your company. The independent living retirement lifestyle brings you together with people who share your memories, and your zest for living.
Inspiration and motivation
Energy produces more energy. When you’re setting new goals for yourself, it’s very helpful to live in an atmosphere of excitement and forward-thinking. Independent living retirement communities are dedicated to helping residents jumpstart a new chapter in their lives…one filled with new ideas and new goals. Ever wanted to write a novel? Mentor a young businessperson?
The world really is your oyster in independent living retirement.
Freedom from to-do lists
Visit independent living and talk with some residents. Chances are, they will be proud to show you their comfortable, well-designed residence that’s just big enough for their new lifestyle—without all the excess baggage they used to have to keep in order. No more housekeeping or worries over scheduling repairs. It’s all done for them, so all they have to do is enjoy their apartment.
If you’ve ever wished you could get rid of that tired sofa…or donate the oversized table that you never really liked anyway…starting fresh in an independent living retirement lifestyle will be a welcome pleasure.
Wellness and longevity
More than ever, older adults are finding fun and exciting ways to improve their fitness, stay healthy, and feel stronger. It’s easier when you have exercise classes just down the hall. A pool you can enjoy at your leisure. Strength training equipment designed for seniors. Instruction and guidance in yoga and Tai Chi. Not to mention the company of others who want the same outcome as you—to feel their best and maintain their independence with confidence.
A choice that could work for you
While independent living isn’t right for everyone, it could be just the ticket for you.