Category Archives: Baby Boomers

Making Your Next Fifty Years Your Best Fifty Years

When developer Tony Berry of The Berry Companies started thinking about creating his first 55+ active adult community, he knew it would need to be unlike anything he’d seen before. Berry understood that while today’s population is aging, people are living longer and they want those years to be active, productive, and meaningful. On top of that, they want to be able to “age in place,” transitioning as their needs change without having to change their address. That meant a variety of housing options along with an uncompromising collection of features and amenities.

Now, just a few years later, Berry’s vision is quickly becoming a reality. Revel at Carolina Park, a 45-acre active adult gem situated inside one of the Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina’s premier master-planned communities, is just a few months away from welcoming its first residents. Located minutes from historic Charleston and some of the east coast’s favorite beaches, Revel at Carolina Park is preparing to set a new standard for 55-plus living.

Revel at Carolina Park can really change the way people look at living their second 50 years,” said Berry. “We’re creating a thriving, connected, wellness-oriented community for people 55+ who are looking to enjoy a simpler lifestyle and make the most out of every day.”

Plans for the “Un-Retirement” community feature a variety of right-sized housing options for each life stage as residents age. 130 cottage homes will be created by David Weekley Homes’ Encore division, offering attractively priced, single-story living. 234 elegant one and two-bedroom apartments professionally managed by Greystar will provide residents with a carefree and maintenance-free lifestyle. And for those requiring a little more of a helping hand, assisted living and memory care residences managed by highly-regarded and family-owned Senior Solutions will offer a wide range of care options

Among the community’s key features is an 8,000-square foot Wellness and Recreation Center, which will be home to a resort-style outdoor pool, expansive workout and fitness facilities, yoga and Pilates studio, spa and treatments rooms, and social gathering spaces. The facility will have a full-time Fitness & Lifestyle Coordinator to oversee all planning and programming, and residents will receive complimentary wellness and fitness evaluations. Additionally, residents will enjoy access to pickleball and bocce courts, wellness gardens, lakefront walking/biking paths, an outdoor amphitheater, and much more.

“We’re set in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, which is about as beautiful as it gets all year-round, “said Berry. “Within a few minutes’ walk or drive, there are shops, restaurants, pharmacies, a full-service hospital, and even a brand new public library. It’s an ideal location in one of the region’s most popular towns.”

Residential options are perhaps Revel’s strong suit, with a wide range of offerings. Construction is already well underway on the Revel Active Adult Apartments, and pre-leasing has begun with the first occupancy anticipated later this summer. Managed by nationally-acclaimed Greystar, these elegant 1- and 2-bedroom units boast a long list of standard features, with some units offering covered parking and even small private yards. For leasing information, call 843.633.2856. Construction on four model cottage homes created by Encore by David Weekley Homes is expected to begin shortly, while The Marsh Assisted Living & Memory Care is aiming to welcome its first residents in early 2022.

“We’re making life easy and giving people the opportunity to really enjoy this special time of life and the freedom that comes with it, concluded Berry. “Everything about Revel at Carolina Park will be about living the best life possible in the best environment imaginable.”

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

With winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.

Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching the top of a breathtaking summit.

Forget Downsizing – Boomers Want More Square Footage

What constitutes a happy, and fulfilling life? Quality of living is having healthy social relationships, including exercise each day, and loving your surroundings. This concept is why active lifestyle communities do what they do. Recognizing what’s important to today’s discerning baby boomers, active adult communities are designed to meet their needs, offering an all-encompassing experience for this next chapter.

Back in the day “retiring” meant cookie-cutter smaller-scale housing, playing bingo, and getting old. This couldn’t be further from the truth in today’s age where folks are continuing to work well beyond 65, and want to get a head start finding their ideal home. According to an article written by Forbes, the demand for homes within 55+ communities has become increasingly popular, as are the amenities these homebuyers are seeking. It’s gone way beyond the idea that the kids have moved out, let’s downsize. Buyers are taking the opportunity to go bigger, and better looking for luxury features, in prime locations to perhaps pursue around two careers or just savor their hard-earned retirement.

Retiring Off the Grid

Thinking About Retiring Off the Grid?

Sometimes city life can get a little claustrophobic. Whether you’re dealing with nosy neighbors, obstructed views, or a strict HOA, the desire for more elbow room and the freedom to roam has many empty nesters and retirees retreating to where the grass is greener – off the grid. To most people, the idea of living off the grid means hunkering down in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than a crackling campfire, but in reality, many have found it a surprisingly sustainable way to live. If you’re someone with a spirit of ingenuity, with the desire to break free from the constraints of city municipalities, this lifestyle could be the retirement you’ve always dreamed of.

What is life beyond city limits? Think of saying goodbye to your monthly utility bills, and learning to rely on alternate sources of power, water, and heat. If you’ve imagined building a home without hassling building codes, and you love wide open spaces, this could be your perfect match. As freeing as the concept of skipping town can be, becoming your own contractor requires some thorough research and careful planning. Is your nest egg prepared for the startup costs needed to get your home up, and running? It won’t be as easy to call a handyman for maintenance, and repairs, so get ready to make friends with elbow grease, and DIY. Unless you have a corner market nearby, shops and services will typically be further than what you’re used to, so budgeting for regular stock-up trips will be important.

Feeling Puzzled May Boost Your Brain Power

If you though the therapeutic effect of crossword, and jigsaw puzzles was all in your head, you’re absolutely right. Carefully strategizing the answer to 35 across or lining up your edge pieces is like calisthenics for your brain, and something you should be doing more often. Working on a puzzle reduces stress in a way that hours spent watching mindless television can’t do, and according to researchers may also improve your long term cognitive health. Need a lift? Instead of looking for the remote, give your brain a good workout instead.

The Happiness Effect

The feeling you get when you’ve found that missing piece is the mood enhancing chemical dopamine. It makes you feel accomplished, and good about yourself, so if you’ve just completed a 1,000 piece masterpiece, your brain is likely running on all of its feel good cylinders. If you’re looking to spice up your social life, puzzles make for a fun group activity to do with family, and friends, so why not reschedule your next poker game, and brainstorm over a puzzle instead?

senior couple at ski resort

Winter Sports To Challenge Your Inner Olympian

All eyes are on the 2018 winter games, and as we watch global talent compete for the medal, it’s inspiring many of us to get out on the snow, and ice, to try it out ourselves. While quadruple toe loops, and freestyle ski acrobatics are probably best left to the pros, there are still plenty of high intensity winter sports that older adults can get in on. Boomers love a fitness challenge, and it’s not surprising that gyms, and ski resorts are finding the majority of their clientele to be 55 or better, so if you’re needing a reprieve from your stationary bike routine, these Olympic inspired activities will have you going for the gold.

Skiing
Boomers are still hitting the slopes with the same vitality as did decades before, and they’re not losing momentum. Driving through fresh powder is exhilarating and challenging even for the seasoned ski enthusiast, but if you’re thinking of trying it out, it’s never too late to start. Programs like Bumps For Boomers in Aspen Colorado are designed by fellow boomers to offer ski instruction, and physical conditioning for older adults either new to the sport, or wanting to get back into shape, and improve their stamina. As an added incentive, Seniorsskiing.com lists more than 100 ski resorts that offer free, or heavily discounted ski passes to 50+ folks ready to push their edge.

Discover California’s Farm-to-Table Capital

California’s capital is fast-paced and progressive, but no matter how much “city” goes into it, nothing can take away from its deep agricultural roots. For the baby boomer or retiree who can’t decide between going urban or spending the weekend whitewater rafting, Sacramento, otherwise known as The River City, is a harmonious blend of modern meets country. What started out as the birthplace of the 1848 Gold Rush has turned into a thriving epicenter for education, business development, and a farm-to-table way of life.

Sacramento has been dubbed the Farm-to-Fork capital and the diversified city that sits where the American meets the Sacramento River. Home to the grand State Capitol Building, and historic attractions including Old Sacramento, and Gold Country, this isn’t a city to just drive through, it’s one to be explored. Named one of the best cities to live by Sunset Magazine, and Niche.com, Sacramento boasts nearly 300 days of sun, infinite amenities, and a growing 55+ demographic attracted to the city’s affordable active adult housing market, and age-friendly lifestyle.

Minneapolis. image of Minneapolis downtown at twilight

This Dynamic Duo Rated #1 For Healthy Living

The new year has just about everyone looking to give their lifestyle a healthy facelift from 30-day diets to starting a workout regimen. Depending on where you live, some cities seem to naturally cater to the wellness world giving health enthusiasts access to plenty of bike trails, fitness studios, and healthy food options. Places like L.A and South Beach may be synonymous for their beach bodies, and juice bars, but for one metro area, the pursuit of wellness made it the nation’s healthiest destination according to the American Fitness Index. Welcome to the heart pumping, smoothie loving hotspot of MinneapolisSt. Paul where whether you’re a runner or yogi, healthy living is just how the folks in the Twin Cities roll.

Despite arctic winters locals don’t bat an eye. Rain or snow, getting up and heading outdoors is what people here do to take advantage of all this metro hub has to offer. Home to more than seventy parks, five pro sports teams, and the Minneapolis farmers market established in 1937, a focus on health and wellness is woven into its tapestry. Cycling is to the Twin Cities as the subway is to New York as the main mode of transportation whether commuting to the office or doing some sightseeing. Named the number one bike city by Bicycling.com with over eighty miles of bike paths, and an extensive infrastructure of bike lanes, residents in this area are logging more Fitbit steps, than putting miles on their cars.