Why a Senior Living Communty May be the Best Choice for Retirees

May 17, 2016

Lake Prince Woods is currently offering some of the best incentives on apartments we've offered in our 14 year history.  Why is now one of the best times to move to Lake Prince Woods?   Read on.

1. “I wish I’d done this sooner” is still a common phrase.
Research shows that when you become part of an independent living retirement community, you’re more likely to make new friends and try new things — most report a better experience than they expected.

2. If you’re over 70, owning your house may not make as much sense as it once did.
As a long-time homeowner, maintenance costs are sure to be a future necessity. According to CostHelper.com, it costs approximately $10,000 to replace your furnace and central air conditioner system. Lawn care for 10 years is approximately $25,000, according to The-Lawn-Advisor.com. Depending on size, shape and quality, CostVsValue.com says replacement windows for an average home is $11,000, and the average roof replacement using composite shingles costs roughly $20,000.

3. Not everyone dreams of retiring.
In fact, some people are rejecting retirement all together and continuing to work into their 90s. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are 1.2 million people 75 and older who work full- or part-time. By 2019, more than 40 percent of Americans 55-plus will be working, making up over 25% of the U.S. labor force.  Enjoy working?  Let a retirement community take care of your home chores and daily upkeep for you.

4. Bingo and sewing are not favorite activities among seniors.
At Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, the proportion of travel adventurers over age 85 has increased more than 70 percent since 2004. In another study, seniors reported their common activities were reading (71%) and pursuing religious activities (53%). Other popular activities included bicycling, gardening, talking on the telephone and watching television. Even tennis, swimming, golf and exercise classes were more frequent forms of recreation than bingo or sewing.

5. Socialization is still a key to healthy aging.
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found evidence that elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline. In fact, memory decline among the most sociable was less than half the rate among the least sociable. Senior author Lisa Berkman, chair of the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, went on to say, “We know from previous studies that people with many social ties have lower mortality rates. We now have mounting evidence that strong social networks can help to prevent declines in memory. As our society ages and has more and more older people, it will be important to promote their engagement in social and community life to maintain their well-being.”

5. Staying active is important.
A study at Hebrew University Medical Center and Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School reported that seniors who do any amount of exercise appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability. In addition, the benefits associated with physical activity were seen not only in individuals who maintained an existing level of physical activity, but also in those who began exercising between ages 70 and 85.

Plan to attend one of our upcoming Open Houses.  There will be a Cottage Open House and Picnic on May 14 at 11:30 a.m., and an Open House and Block Party on June 22 at 2:00 p.m.   Contact Kaye Albin, 757-923-5504, [email protected] or Trish Alt, 757-923-5559, [email protected] to make a reservation or to schedule your personal visit to Lake Prince Woods.