Thought single family dwellers had all the fun? Apartment communities have moved up the ladder as a popular housing option for baby boomers, and retirees looking to downsize, or seeking a maintenance free lifestyle. The lock up and leave aspect of apartment living is attractive to snowbirds on the move, and busy 55+ executives who just want to come home, and relax. Six miles from downtown Denver, The Grand Monarch Senior Living in Lakewood, Colorado is gearing up to unveil an amenity rich luxury lifestyle, where Rocky Mountain Views, and limitless activities have prospective residents clamoring to get on the list.
Avenida Partners, the developer behind this exciting 55+ community puts seniors in control of their finances by allowing tenants to choose which services they pay for rather than stretching their budgets for those they don’t. Not your average apartment community, The Grand Monarch boasts luxurious amenities, beautiful modern floor plans, and immaculate garden courtyards. Residents will find high end apartment homes that feature stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and the convenience of a full size washer, and dryer. Thoughtful design details from the flooring, and cabinetry to a private balcony for morning coffee, offer a life of style, and ease of maintenance.
Remember the days when asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar, or ride to the market was a day in the life? The support of neighbors especially as we age is priceless particularly for those without family nearby, or who live alone. For the residents of Glacier Circle in Davis, California, the concept of senior co-housing has created a commune of active adults living independent lives, with fellow age peers nearby to lend a helping hand. As the country’s first “aging in community” neighborhood, the value of knowing someone is there when you need them has led to the development of numerous co-housing communities across the nation.
According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, residents of these neighborhoods commit to promoting a sense of community, engaging themselves, and others in the practice of sharing. Sometimes considered a senior commune, co-housing developments are made up of individual homes that surround a shared space such as a clubhouse with a kitchen, laundry area, or dining space. Outdoor walking trails, and community gardens are common features in these neighborhoods focusing on bringing like minded active adults together for group activities. What makes these communes so unique is they allow residents to enjoy the privacy of their home, while taking part in social events like potlucks, movie nights, and the sharing of resources.
While the lines at See’s Candy are wrapped around the block, and local florists are in a frenzy of ribbon, and rose petals, this very loving time of year could be spent giving back, and spending time with friends. You don’t have to be hitched to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in fact not being committed to a dinner reservation gives you the freedom to use your talents, and connect with those around you. Get creative this year with some heartfelt ways to show you care.
Start a Singles Group
Live in a 55+ neighborhood? With all the social clubs many offer, why not start a group for singles? It’s an amazing way to meet new people, and share exciting activities. Mix it up once and a while and get together for a dance class, wine tasting, or try a new restaurant. Even if sparks don’t fly, socializing with fellow singles is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends, and share something in common.
A mentor helps you see the beauty in your dreams~ As a kid, my greatest source of wisdom was my grandmother. She was a fountain of knowledge, inspiration, and in some instances a healthy dose of tough love. To this day her legacy, and words live on in my heart, and I continue to use her life lessons each and every day. If I had advice to give to our younger generation, it would be to find a mentor. Every child needs someone to confide in, to gain advice from, and feel inspired by, and seniors can benefit equally by imparting their years of knowledge, and provide a listening ear. How many times do we hear older adults wishing they wish they could teach today’s youth a thing or two? Well why not get involved?
Volunteer work gives seniors the opportunity to use their time serving others, provides a sense of purpose, and improves self esteem. Working with youth is particularly impactive for older adults who may not have grandchildren nearby, and for those blessed with a heart of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Foster Grandparent Program through Senior Corps, gets 55+ adults involved in their community by becoming mentors, and friends to young people struggling academically, who may be going down the wrong path in life, and assisting those with disabilities.