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Maintenance Free Communities for 55plus active adult retirees & seniors

Why Do Many Baby Boomers Consider Maintenance-Free Living?

The American Dream is no longer home with a white picket fence, a yard, 2.5 kids and a golden retriever.  Things have changed dramatically in the last decade or so.  Now, more and more Americans are considering a home where there is no lawn to be mowed, fence to be painted and no walking the dog or shuttling kids to school.  Dog walkers and car-poolers may solve the last two problems, but not others.  This is because most Americans do not have the time for or the inclination to take on these tasks anymore.  Active lifestyles of empty nesters, baby boomers and seniors make them want to get the best out of their free time and maintaining gardens and homes is certainly not a fun-filled task! This is especially so if you are in the 55+ age group where home maintenance is certainly more of a chore than a joy. We find many baby boomers considering low maintenance or maintenance-free homes when moving into active adult communities for those very valid reasons.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania skyline

Active Adult Retirement Communities in Pennsylvania

Looking for retirement communities within proximity to New York City or New Jersey?  Do you wish to enjoy your retirement years in a state where peace and tranquility are combined with entertainment and excitement?  You may not have to look far…  Pennsylvania is one of the hot spots where most retirees are considering moving and resettling in.  This is without a doubt a classy, laid back, yet exciting state that can offer a lot to the active adults.  Why?  Well, let’s take a closer look at this state, shall we?

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the 6th most populated state in the US.  It is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Pennsylvania borders six states and is full of natural resources and varying landscapes, such as the mountain ranges of Appalachia, the Allegheny and the Poconos.  This state has its roots in manufacturing and is famous for iron and steel, as well as wholesale and service trades.  Pittsburgh is the leading steel producer of Pennsylvania.  If you are into football, and if you live in Pittsburgh, you could surely root for and cheer on their football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pennsylvania is a state with a rich history and many attractions.  Venture into Lancaster County and you see the Amish people drive by in their horse-drawn carriages.  Visit Valley Forge where you will be awed by the place where Baron Von Steuben trained General Washington’s soldiers.  Visit historic Gettysburg where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  You should also not miss the world’s largest chocolate factory, at Hershey Park.  Here, you can watch how chocolate is made and even sample these sinful treats.  The King of Prussia Shopping Mall is where you will find hundreds of shops that cater to all your needs, wants and desires.  You can spend hours here and still not cover the entire Mall.  The historic district of Pennsylvania ranges from Liberty Bell to Independence Hall.  You can spend many enjoyable days visiting museums, historic sites and tours.

Retirement Communities

As you can now know there is much to see and do in the state of Pennsylvania.  You will be amazed at the way the day goes.  If you are considering moving to a retirement community within the state of Pennsylvania, there are plenty of excellent communities for you to choose.

Life is sure to be exciting and entertaining if you consider a move to one of these adult communities.  What’s more, there are many (in fact, hundreds) more senior living community options in the state of Pennsylvania.  Visit the Pennsylvania state directory page of the ActiveAdultLiving.com directory for more details on all of these communities. Below are few that we have randomly chosen ones for your review:

These are just some of the communities available in Pennsylvania.  For more information on communities all across the US, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com.  This website will provide you information on more than 5,800 senior home communities that are age-targeted or age-restricted, making them ideal for 55+ people looking to relocate and turn a new chapter in life.  Our Active Living Newsletter brings you exciting news each month and is e-circulated to over 34,000 subscribers.  Subscribe for your own copy and all the latest news on new communities, launches, promotions, etc. will arrive at your inbox, absolutely free.

Keeping Fit Beyond Middle Age

Life, as it approaches the 55+ mark, leads to giving up on various activities, including working full time.  While retirement is part and parcel to life, it is meant to give you more time for doing things you want to do but never had the free time for.  While you may be letting go of certain routines, you should never give up your fitness routine.  Hitting the 55+ mark means you may not any longer be vigorously training 2 hours a day!  Yet, you still need to exercise so that you stay fit and trim.  You may not have had time to exercise with your busy schedule before.  However, now that you have the time in your retired life, it is suggested that you to carve out some time for exercise so that you can live beyond your middle age keeping fit as a fiddle.

Why do 55+ Seniors Prefer Renting Homes to Buying?

Several things change when you reach retirement age. Out of all the changes that overtake your life, the most significant is your decision of housing. You may decide to relocate to quieter areas which are more scenic, or areas which provide you better chances of living an active life. Either way, you may have to make the decision of renting or buying a home. In my opinion, many seniors prefer renting a home than buying it. This choice has been baffling me for some time, and I decided to ask a few seniors about it. Below is a list of my findings on why 55+ seniors prefer renting their homes to buying.

Yoga for Active Adults has Numerous Health Benefits

Keeping healthy becomes a major priority for seniors once they reach a certain age. This is something that everyone should take seriously.   Keeping fit and healthy enables you to enjoy life to its fullest.  Good health does not come without effort. It requires the relieving of stress, keeping active, hydrating your body sufficiently and eating the proper foods.  When it comes to keeping active and relieving stress, yoga is considered extremely beneficial. It is an active exercise that is almost always recommended for people of all ages, by various healthcare practitioners – because there are numerous health benefits.

Waterfront Communities are Ideal for the Health of Active Adults

Are you searching for active adult communities that are near the waterfront?  If so, there are a number of waterfront senior communities that will suit your requirements and exceed expectations.  Living near the water, whether it is a man-made lake or the ocean can be extremely beneficial to your health.  It is a peaceful and healthy way to live.  Living in a home facing the water offers you peace of mind and relaxation.  The sound of waves or water lapping against rocks is a great way of calming and relaxing the mind.  Taking the time to listen to this sound will revitalize your mind and your body.  The air around water is full of healthy ions that increase your ability to absorb more oxygen.  Because of this you are more alert, energized and relaxed.  If you had trouble sleeping at night, a home on the waterfront is a great idea.  This environment eases your stressors and lets you get a good night’s sleep.  Living on the waterfront also provides you the ability to watch the myriad of migratory birds that fly in and out of these areas.  Such localities are rich with flora and fauna, making it a great way to connect with nature.  All these benefits can make waterfront communities an ideal choice for senior living.

Why Let Go of Your Crowning Glory After 55?

As we age, our crowning glory, our hair becomes weaker and thinner. Although we exercise and eat well to keep those bumps and lumps away and indulge ourselves in skincare regimes to keep those ever-increasing wrinkles away, we do very little to maintain our aging hair. As we get older the growth cycle of our hair changes. The growth rate slows down considerably. We experience hair and color loss. To combat this, we do perms and color our hair, the result being that it further weakens our hair unless we follow a proper hair care regime.  

Buying a House

How To Buy Like a Real Estate Mogul

Townhome, single-family, closing costs, oh my! Shopping for a home whether you’re a first-time buyer, or seasoned escrow veteran can, and often is one of the most challenging tasks we face. The online window shopping – dreaming about the property with the white picket fence and gleaming hardwoods is the part we all love, but getting down the nitty gritty of the buying process can launch us into the mind-frame of “what was I getting myself into?” While you can’t take the hassle out of the endless signatures, and unexpected events that may arise, arming yourself with a little know-how can make the transition from application to keys -in -hand a little easier.

Be Realistic – Know how much house you can afford and whether you’ll be able to maintain it long term. From HOA fees, and renovation costs, to saving for major repairs, the price of owning a home goes beyond your mortgage payment. Also, consider the cost of utilities – it takes far less to heat and cools a townhome than a 2,000 square foot house. Give your realtor a wish list of must-haves, but also let he or she know what your limits are so the candidates they show you are within the scope of manageability.