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Focusing on Texas for Active Adult Communities

Many baby boomers are left wondering where to set up residence once their children move off to college.  With 50 States plus the District of Columbia to choose from, the choice can get very difficult.  How do you choose a place to plant your roots for an enjoyable and active life during your empty nester phase?  And, more to the point, where?  Various States in the US are suitable for many different tastes and lifestyles.  We’re delighted to be featuring one big and very exciting and entertaining State.  Texas!

Why Drinking Tea Is Good for Your Health When You are Past 50

Is drinking tea good for your health?  YES!  That’s the answer given by many researchers who have carried out studies on the subject.  The health benefits identified so far, show that seniors are to gain more than the others.  If you thought a cuppa is a cuppa, no matter what color it is, think again!  Green tea has been proven to be more beneficial than other types like black tea and white tea.  Having three or four cups a day can help us, seniors, to keep healthy and live longer.  Let us see what the experts have found about effects of tea drinking.

Though the benefits of tea drinking were known from ancient times, several recent studies have managed to identify some of these chemicals that bring out the beneficial effects on your health.  Tea leaves contain more than 750 chemicals and many of them can affect human health positively.  Among the compounds that are relevant for health and long life are antioxidants, flavonols, flavonoids, polyphenols, and catechins.  So, if you need some reasons to plugin that kettle for a cup of hot tea, here they are.

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.

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.

Baby Boomers Know What They Want in a Home

Baby boomers at present do not want to “settle” for ANY retirement home.  55+-year-olds of today know what they are looking for in a retirement home and will not rest until they have it.  Today’s empty nesters represent the Baby boomer generation and they have exacting standards and their own idealistic views of life.  They are not a generation that will settle for less than what they deem as their due.  This is a good thing!  They have done their part for society and the world and would like to retire in peace and relax in a bit of luxury.  Seniors of yesteryear did not have the choices which active adults of the present day.  Therefore, they had no choice but to settle for what was offered.  Now, however, because there are so many active adult communities that are especially dedicated to catering to the 55+ age group, choosing an awesome community to settle down in will be much easier.

What do Active Adults Want in a Home?

Successful builders and developers of active adult communities consider this question very seriously.  They build the homes within these communities based on the data they gather.  Most active adults, according to them, wish for smaller homes.  This is because they do not want to be plagued with repairs and upkeep of a large home.  However, although they want smaller homes, they do not wish to compromise on the amenities or spaciousness of rooms.  These needs and desires are directly catered to by the homes built within most active adults communities.  Boomers, empty nesters, and active seniors want open floor plans that enable them the space to move freely throughout the home and also to entertain their friends and family.  They want an outdoor living area, such as a courtyard or a patio, high ceilings, studies, breakfast bars in the kitchen as well as all of the modern touches and conveniences that come with today’s homes.  They also want items within easy reach so that they do not have to bend too much to reach them.

Most 55+ adults are saying “no” to bathtubs, probably because they are dangerous, and saying “yes” to shower stalls.  They may otherwise request for walk-in bathtubs that are specially created for active adults who value their independence as well as a luxurious soak in their tub.  They also focus on one-story homes so that they do not have to climb stairs every two minutes.  However, if they do wish for two-story homes, they want the master bedroom and the study on the first floor.  Seniors today also demand energy-efficient homes with low gas and electricity bills – and of course, high-speed internet capabilities – preferably fiber optic!  Mostly, active adults see this as their last home and they want this home to reflect their personalities.

55+ adults of the present day do not wish to just sit and while the day away.  They wish to be active and therefore, seek vibrant communities with active lifestyles.  They want activities that keep them occupied and they want to be physically fit.  Amenities such as fitness centers, yoga studios, golf courses, swimming pools, walking trails, and tennis courts are much in demand by active adults.

Active adults also wish for homes they can lock and leave whenever they want without having to worry about security issues.  They also want to settle down in communities where there is out-door maintenance and upkeep because they do not want to mow their own lawns or shovel snow in the wintertime which can be extremely stressful on the joints.

As you can see, these empty nesters are a demanding pack and catering to their housing needs calls for special expertise. There are over 8,400 such active living communities listed in the ActiveAdultLiving.com web site.  A few randomly chosen ones are mentioned below:

If you need further information on active adult communities, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, a comprehensive national directory of more than 5,800 communities where you are sure to find the one you wish to spend your retirement years.

What will Seniors Choose – New Construction or Resale Homes?

Selecting the right home to retire to, can be an extremely challenging experience. You would have selected the preferred area, but now, will be at a loss about the community. There are many communities that offer you different home styles and other choices that selecting the right home can be pretty mind-boggling. If struggling with considering a newly constructed home vs. a resale home, you should be aware of some factors that may help you with your choice.

Two smiling seniors walking with their dog in a forest in summer

55+ Healthy Living – Walking That Extra Mile

Exercise is a major health booster and essential for seniors who wish to lead a healthy life. Yes, it’s true that exercise is good for you whether you are 8 or 80, but at 80 you will realize the benefits it brings to you while when we are young, we hardly realize the need for it. One of the best methods of exercising is walking. Walking, at a brisk pace, for at least half an hour a day has significant health improvements. It is an ideal form of cardio exercise that can be engaged in, even when you have various health concerns. For you, as an active adult, the health benefits of walking are immense.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Retirement Destination

Are you looking for the perfect retirement destination? If so, you should know it’s not that easy. The decision can be even more difficult if you are doing it for the first time and are reluctant about leaving your old home. But, with the right planning, you will be able to find a home, in your ideal retirement destination you will love just as much.