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    Senior Communities

    I have just recently moved to a new senior community. The people are great and the security is wonderful.

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    im not quite there yet but when my wife and i graduate to that age we will love being surrounded by other people. its always a plus to feel safe

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    My friend has just moved into a senior community housing scheme, and was quite happy to leave behind the two-storey house with gardens where she had brought up her family, for the convenience of a small ground-level apartment with pleasant countryside views.

    Personally, to me it seems too small, but since her health and mobility is beginning to fail her, I'm sure she feels much safer there with the wardens and a community centre nearby, along with the various ways that the dwelling is geared for the less able, such as an open-style shower room rather than bath, easy turn taps etc.

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    That's great news for you! Do you mind giving the name of the community (or company) that you chose to move in with? It's very helpful to have a short-list of places and firms that come well-reccomended.

    I have a few friends who are on the verge of thinking about this, or, more accurately, have kids who are thinking about this. The experience seems to be VERY different at different places.

    What is the living style where you've moved, Mabel? Houses? Apartments? Rooms in a building?

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    That's very interesting! I sold my house and decided to go into an apartment, I think I'd like moving into a senior community just because there's others with schedules like mine, and it'd be a good chance to meet more people!

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    My in-laws live in one in Georgetown, Texas and I love going to visit them there. In fact, last year we celebrated New Years Eve at their community's party. While it doesn't provide any medical care, they offer so many services that they are able to stay there versus looking at a higher level of care such as an assisted living community or a nursing home. It's not just a building where residents are housed live cattle but is a beautiful place that is more like a condominium. They live in a quadraplex in a 2 bedroom unit so it's like they have their own mini-home. They are able to enjoy a lovely green lawn that someone else takes care of, an exercise room that could rival many a professional gym, an Olympic sized swimming pool that has a ramp for easy access and the activities offered are so much more than the old bingo or ice cream socials that are typical for homes for the elderly.

    I worked several years in assisted living and in various nursing homes. While many are sub-standard, there are several that are fantastic and are more like living in your own apartment. Finding the right nursing home isnt as hard as people make it. The best way to find facilities to tour is to contact the area's omsbudsman. An omsbudsman is basically a liason between the nursing home and the resident and are there to help the resident have the best possible living situation all the while making sure that the residents rights are followed. They can make pop in surprise visits to make sure that everything is on the up and up and also investigate any complaints the residents may have. They are basically the residents "care agent" to make sure all needs are met and that there are no indications of any type of abuse. Anyway, the omsbudsman can give you a list of the local nursing homes and assisted living communities in the area. They cannot recommend one place over another but can give you an overview of places to let you know which places might not be the optimal setting for you to reside.

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    Senior communities can be great because they offer the security of a tight nit community and they also offer an easy opportunity to meet new people. I have been considering moving into one of these communities in my home town and believe it will be a great step forward for my wife and I as we continue on with our life.

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    My mother purchased a condo in Clearwater, FL back in 1993, ("Top of the World") and absolutely loved it there! It is geared for those 55 and over, of course. I loved it too whenever I visited her because it was very well taken care of, very quiet, lovely people and alot to do there. My mom is now in a nursing home and I would have loved to take over the condo, but my husband refuses to move to Florida. But, if I am ever left a widow, I wouldn't mind either moving into a senior community, or living (and traveling) in an RV.

    ~~ Jeanne

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    The senior communities in FL are now allowed younger people to move in. There seems to be a law that at least 20% of the housing has to be reserved for younger individuals. Something about discrimination. The funny thing, the younger people don't want to move into the senior settlements. Thank goodness.

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    Having grown up in SE Florida I see many Senior Communities and hear from the residents all the time. I'm 57 so I'm net there yet but when my wife and I retire we will A) Move out of SE Florida and B) NOT live in a "Senior" Community becuase we have seen what it's like down here.

    I do not think living with averyone being around a certain age is natural. I want to live in a mixed age comunity so we can interact and keep up with the younger folks. As far as scaling down, we already have a fairly small place with no yard so it might be nice to have a free standing home on a bit of ground. If you have the time, keeping up the lawn is good exercise if you move slow anyway!

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    There are just so many advantages living in a Senior Community when one becomes older. This is especially true if a person lives alone. The activities in the senior communities are no longer just suffleboard and movies. Senior really do enjoy a very active life in a safe protected environment. Also, new laws say that 20% of the senior housing should be allowed for younger people.

    Maintaining ones own home is great, if you can do it. Florida seniors seem to be a lot healthier than seniors in other states.

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    Yes, it does depend on your situation, of course. I don't know about healthier in Florida though but you could be right. There is more sunshine available to take walks but to me the humidity really drags us down.

    Maybe I'm just bored with it since I have lived here all my life and want a change of scenery.

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    I lived in the cold north most of my life. I think moving to Florida added an additional 10-15 years to my life. We have more people here at over the age of 90 than anywhere else in the country. So many people over 100 that it is no longer news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Zimm View Post
    Yes, it does depend on your situation, of course. I don't know about healthier in Florida though but you could be right. There is more sunshine available to take walks but to me the humidity really drags us down.

    Maybe I'm just bored with it since I have lived here all my life and want a change of scenery.
    I'll swap you Pennsylvania for Florida sight-unseen!

    I know, I feel the same way - the majority of my life I've lived in the northeast and the weather here can get quite depressing. Where I am here in PA it seems that we have cloud cover at least 75% of the time; our winters are freezing cold and generally icy, not that soft white stuff you see on the Currier and Ives postcards; the summers are short and humid as hell, and as for fall and spring, well, they really don't exist - I think they were banned sometime back in the '80's.

    Florida was always my favorite destination for vacations. I know that's quite different than living there full-time, but it always felt like I could stay there permanently. I went to school for one semester in Melbourne, lived a few months in Key West and generally banged around from St. Augustine to Miami in-between. Never got over to the Gulf coast, though.

    But to save on heating bills (I know, the AC isn't cheap), avoid the bone-jarring cold and constant depression of cloudy days, and to be able to throw away my insulated underwear would be Heaven.

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    Come to sunny Australia Phil we're right at the beginning of a heatwave here in the south, 40c at the mo' and expected to carry on the same until next week and we're praying for rain as usual but it ain't gonna happen anytime soon by the look of it.
    Haven't put the aircon on yet ,waiting until I can't stand it anymore but got the fan going

    Grass is always greener somewhere else eh!

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