The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection and looking forward. It’s a time to think about your future and what you want it to look like. What does that mean for an active, independent senior who’s ready to see what this next chapter of life holds?
Your senior years, particularly if you’re retiring or are currently enjoying retirement, are a time to do the things you want to do instead of taking care of the things you have to do. You’ve spent so many years caring for your family, building a career and taking care of a home. Now, it’s your time, and the lifestyle you’ll find at a retirement community like amavida is exactly what you’re looking for.
Most seniors, once they reach a certain age, think about downsizing their living space from a family home to a smaller, more manageable living space. While there is always the option of moving to a condo, apartment or small family home, Colin suggests that moving to a retirement community may be the key to happy seniordom. “Moving to a senior living community allows you to downsize your home while rightsizing your lifestyle at the same time,” he says. “As your living space shrinks, your social circle expands – along with opportunities for events, hobbies, passions, and adventures.”
Is 2020 the year for you to take action and rightsize your lifestyle by moving to a luxury retirement living community? Here are five perks of downsizing your living space by moving into a senior living community – and five ways this rightsizes your lifestyle for the new year and beyond.
1. Your bills shrink.
None of us enjoy paying more money than we have to, no matter how much money we make. Even if your current home is completely paid off, you still have lots of other costs of living to deal with. Utilities. Groceries. Taxes and insurance. Home maintenance and a variety of other things. Now, think about only paying one monthly payment for everything. No more utility payments and no more surprise expenses when the water heater breaks. You know exactly what you’re paying for month after month – and, after you add it all up, you may end up spending much less than you’re currently paying to live at home. That’s money you can use to travel, discover new restaurants, gift to your family ... whatever you want.
2. Your chores shrink, too.
Let’s be honest. Who wants to spend hours cleaning a house each month (especially if you have lots of rooms you don’t use on a daily basis)? And who really likes mowing the lawn in the middle of summer? Or shoveling snow during a winter storm? When you have a home, all those chores lie on your shoulders – and even if you pay for a service to accomplish them, that’s still expense and scheduling you have to deal with. When you move into a retirement community like amavida, you can say goodbye to all those chores and headaches. The staff takes care of all that for you – even cooking meals, if you want. That means more time for you to enjoy the activities you love.
3. You get a fresh start.
We don’t mean this in the “start over” way. Obviously, you already have a life you love. But you may have noticed that our lives move in chapters. Graduating college, getting married, starting a family ... all these life changes are a chance to turn over a page and kick off a new chapter of you. Why should your retirement be any different? Moving into a retirement community gives you a chance to take stock of your life, clear out the clutter (literally and figuratively) and build a life and lifestyle you want. It can be very freeing, and very exciting.
4. You build and expand your social circle.
Moving into a senior living community is a little bit like going back to college. Suddenly, you find yourself living and spending time with a large community of people in the same stage of life as you. There are always opportunities to mingle and get to know the other people in your new neighborhood, whether it’s at a happy hour, fun community event, the dinner table or at a fitness class. You get the best of both worlds – the privacy of your own living space, plus the shared space that comes with a community living situation. If you’re in the mood to see friends, all you have to do is walk out your front door.
5. You gain peace of mind.
Even if you’re an active, independent senior, the fact remains that we’re all getting older, and it’s possible our health needs can change in many ways. Living by yourself at home can be a cause for concern, whether it’s navigating staircases, worrying about break-ins, becoming isolated and many other aspects of older age. But at a senior living community, you and your family will gain instant peace of mind. Because it’s a community designed for the older generation, you’ll experience the independence and privacy you like, but also know that helping hands and caring staff can be there in just a moment. At amavida, we strive to be a true home for your entire seniorhood, and so we offer a full spectrum of care to our residents. From Assisted Living to Rehabilitation Services to Memory Care, residents can always receive the care they need in a place they’ve come to call home.
Is Downsizing and Rightsizing Right for You in 2020?
Do these reasons sound enticing to you? If so, use this self-evaluation checklist to see if 2020 is your year to make a move.
- Do you feel like your current home is too big – and you have too much stuff?
- Are you tired of dealing with chores and home upkeep?
- Would you like to have more opportunities to travel, spend time with friends and enjoy social opportunities?
- Do you want to live in a place where you can truly “age in place?”
- Are you ready to make this next chapter of your life the best yet?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, we invite you to contact us to learn more about our resort-style community for active senior living. Please contact us today at 877.969.0712 – we look forward to introducing to the luxury retirement lifestyle you’ll find at amavida.