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A Few Great Reasons to Consider for Living in an Active Adult Community

Your home may be feeling empty now that your children have left the nest to lead their own lives. You may be wondering what to do with your life and how to keep yourself occupied. One of the best ways to stay active and enjoy your new life of “no responsibilities” is to move into an active adult community. If you are not sure about this, and if it is a whole new idea that you never considered, below are a few great reasons to give yourself a nudge in the right direction.

Your Health

Healthy living is a guaranteed possibility when living in an active retirement community. Every community is built and managed to cater to the requirements of seniors who are independent and active. Therefore, you will typically find a health center, spa, swimming pool, tennis and various other means of physical activity in such communities. Apart from the opportunity to maintain or improve your physical health, you can be sure to improve your emotional wellbeing too as you take part in various activities such as crafts, billiards and book clubs with likeminded individuals. This will bring more enjoyment to your life, and as the saying goes, a happy person is a healthy person!

Seniors enjoying playing golf

Find the Best Golf Course Communities for Active Adult Senior Living

When it comes to purchasing the perfect retirement home, there are many things to consider.  However, you no longer have the pressures of living closer to schools, being near your workplace or looking for a home big enough to accommodate parents, kids, and pets as well.  As you reach the empty nester phase of life, finding a perfect home for retirement living should involve selecting a home that offers you opportunities for an enjoyable and active lifestyle.  If you are interested in a lifestyle that includes country clubs, golf courses and neighbors who will join you in a round of golf, then you should certainly look consider a golfing community that is 55 plus age-restricted, or age-targeted for active adults.

There are many benefits to be gained by playing golf.  For one thing, you will be breathing clean, fresh air.  In addition, you will be physically active for at least four hours on a beautiful, sunny day.  Although golfing is not as strenuous and active like swimming or taking a brisk walk, it does provide you with the physical activity you need to get your blood circulation in motion and it’s great for clearing your mind of the daily stresses of life.  If you choose to walk the 18 holes instead of taking a cart, the health benefits of your round of golf are multiplied!  Playing golf is easy on the joints and does burn a significant amount of calories, while also allowing you the social opportunities to bond with your golfing partners. There are many Active Adult Communities that provide 55+ retirees the opportunity to pursue their love for the game of golf. Check out three of the best-golfing communities that are ideal for active and enjoyable senior living.

Do We Know the State of Our Hearts?

If someone asks us “Do we know the state of our hearts?” automatically, you may go all sentimental. It rarely occurs to us that this may actually be a literal question. Do we really educate ourselves on the state of our heart or wait for emergencies to strike before realizing how vital it is to know your heart state well. If you are like me, you would not think that heart disease is a problem that you or anyone in your family will suffer from. It is common for all of us to look at others with various health problems from far and take for granted that we may not be affected by these problems. Well, guess what? It happened to a good friend of mine recently, or rather, it happened to her husband. He had his first heart attack! and it was a sad but a rude shock to all of us.

Choosing to Live in a Manufactured Home

In the past, active adults had no choice about the homes they had to live in. Now, however, they have a wide variety of choices available thanks to all of the various senior retirement communities that have been developed across the United States. These superb senior homes come in a variety of types. They include cottages, ranch style homes, bungalows, apartments, condominiums, and chalets etc. As an active adult, you have a choice of homes available to you in a variety of communities. One of the options is the manufactured homes.

senior couple visiting a doctor at the doctor's office

Taking The Tests After 55

Yes!  There are some who take tests with their children and sometimes even with grandchildren.  They are the perpetual students who still don’t want to quit learning after high school or the college.  They are always following some course of studies and studying for a test.  However, there is another kind of tests that we all MUST take, especially when we get older.  Those are the medical tests to monitor our health and look for the warning signs of the diseases that may trouble us, but can be avoided or treated if identified early.

Normally, we all get medical tests when troublesome symptoms appear when we are sick or sometimes when we are totally down with a disease.  Technically oriented people may recall types of routine, condition based and breakdown maintenance.  Taking up routine medical tests especially when we are old useful to prevent events like strokes, heart attacks, amputations due to diabetic wounds, blindness, and dementia.  Tests help us to identify the onset of diseases like cancer enabling proper treatment.

Will Living in a Cruise Ship After Retiring be a Great Choice?

Many active adults have specific plans about where they want to retire. Some like to retire to the country, where there is absolute peace and quiet while others like to stay in urban areas. Some seniors retire to states where the climate is sunny all year while others prefer to retire to cooler areas. Then, there are others who like to retire close to the water and others who retire on the water! Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be because there is an option to retire to a cruise ship.

There are a number of cruise ships that have been converted into senior retirement communities. This means, if you are interested, you could purchase a stateroom on the cruise ship and spend your retirement days, living on a cruise! Purchasing a stateroom aboard a cruise ship entitles you to become a part owner of the cruise ship. The prices of cruise ship homes vary according to each vessel and may require the payment of a monthly maintenance fee. This fee entitles all “residents” to meals, housekeeping and all amenities and facilities provided.

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

We may not like it, but as we age, our bodies change, sometimes dramatically. Our bones, joints, skin, heart, and brain all whether the aging process differently, depending on our overall health, diet and exercise regime, and genetics. But we don’t have to just live with the changes; we can take action to counter the challenges we face.

Challenges for Your Mind and Body

Regardless of how well you live your life, your body will experience a few challenges as you age.

Alzheimer’s Dementia

Should You Take a Memory Test When Going Past 55?

Have you noticed any signs of starting to forget things more often than before? It is common for people to lose their ability to remember things. Memory loss is gradual and is due to the loss of more brain cells than the ones being newly produced. Misplacing items like keys, your mobile phone or eyeglasses are common signs. Inability or difficulty to recall names of people or places you know and forgetting important appointments or tasks is not uncommon among people when they get older. Have you faced such situations? Are these situations becoming more frequent?

Don’t worry. It may be due to normal aging. But it may be a good idea to take a memory test as there are more serious illnesses and other causes linked to memory loss. Many of these illnesses can be treated to cure, minimize the effects or delay the progress. There are memory tests that can help to diagnose Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that are serious conditions causing older people to lose memory and other brain functions.