Housing designed for baby boomers and empty nesters takes the term “senior” out of the equation, focusing on promoting an active lifestyle, and offering amenity-rich neighborhoods. While 55+ communities continue to enhance the lives of residents, they have an even greater impact on the surrounding city. Many don’t realize how valuable these communities are, and how they influence the social, and economic infrastructure of the town they’re established in. From supporting the local art scene to providing volunteer services, retirees aren’t the only ones benefiting from their communities.
State of the art healthcare facilities are important to seniors, and most active lifestyle communities are within close proximity to reputable hospitals and medical centers. The upside to having top-rated facilities nearby is boosting the employment rate within a city, also providing job opportunities to baby boomers still in the workforce.
Volunteer opportunities are in demand especially in schools, churches, and local charity organizations. Retirees looking to share their resources, and time can give back to their communities in many different capacities whether it’s tutoring students, participating in pet therapy, or a Meals On Wheels program. Seniors generally have greater flexibility in their schedules to be available and feel a sense of purpose when they can pay it forward.
Shops, restaurants, and local artisans benefit from the patronage of retirees during daytime hours when most folks are away at work. Many 55+ communities plan group luncheons and activities helping these businesses earn revenue while encouraging the design of age-friendly features including pedestrian-friendly walkways, and entryways designed to accommodate mobility devices.
Boomers seek destinations that support their active, vibrant lifestyles, and these communities are beautifying the cities around them by providing ample walking, and bike trails, attracting reputable retailers, and opportunities for outdoor recreation from golf courses, to water sports. Making the decision to purchase real estate in an age-targeted, or age-restricted community is also making an investment in the surrounding town enriching the lives of retirees and residents alike.
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