If you are over the age of 55, you may still cringe a little at the idea that you're considered a senior. You don't feel old or elderly; you can still take care of yourself, and you plan on being able to do so for many more years! As such, the idea of moving into a "seniors only" apartment complex may seem a little odd. However, there are some real advantages to living in one of these communities, even as someone who is on the younger side of the senior demographic.
1. You'll meet others your age.
At your age, you may start to feel out of touch in the average suburban neighborhood where most of the other residents are young professionals and families with kids. Sure, you may like these people, but you don't have a whole lot in common anymore. This won't be an issue at a senior apartment community. Your neighbors will be closer to your age, which means that they are more likely to share your passions and lifestyle. Making friends who live nearby is always fun.
2. There will be amenities suited to your needs.
Instead of playgrounds and hiking paths, there will be amenities you can and will use. The fitness centers are likely to have more weight machines and cardio machines that are easier on your joints. Swimming pools with easy-access steps, on-site cafes, and elevators make living in a senior community both enjoyable and convenient.
3. You won't have to move again.
You're moving now, and it's a big endeavor. Do you really want to go through the same thing again in another 10 years when you're older and may have less energy? By moving into a senior living community right now, you can save yourself the move, which will ultimately save you from a lot of headaches.
4. Security is generally top-notch.
Those who own and manage senior living apartments are aware that seniors can be more vulnerable, and they also know that retired folks often travel and leave their homes empty. As such, these communities tend to have very good security measures in place. You can leave your home for weeks at a time with a lot less worry, and you can sleep soundly knowing that there are systems in place to keep intruders out.
Moving into a senior apartment complex can feel like a big step, but it is an important step to take at the right time. These communities have a lot of benefits, even for younger seniors.