As you approach retirement, you may begin to think about senior living options where you can enjoy comfort and safety during your late adulthood years. But aside from your typical communities, you may come across the term “active adult housing,” which is now a popular form of independent living.
Over the years, research studies have proven the need for an independent living option that could cater to residents who are just entering their retirement years and may not require assisted living just yet since they can still manage most of their daily tasks.
In fact, this demographic still doesn’t want to be called “seniors” because they are not quite there yet even if they are not employed any more. But what exactly is an active adult community and what do you need to know about it?
Defining active adult housing
In its essence, active adult housing is a form of independent living that’s specifically targeted towards residents 55 years and older. These communities are typically divided into age-restricted and age-targeted living.
The Fair Housing Act defines age-restricted active adult housing as a community where at least 80% of all residents must have at least one person over 55 years old. Age-targeted communities, on the other hand, are marketed specifically for the 55 and over the market but they are not limited to those above this age bracket.
Residences in active adult housing communities could either be patio homes, townhouses, single-family houses, condos, mobile homes, and apartments. This gives active adults more options to fit their needs and budget without sacrificing the kind of life they want to live.
These independent living communities are also near important areas like restaurants, supermarkets, banks, and shopping centers.
Understanding active adult
There has been some confusion over the term “active adult” in senior living communities. But the simplest way to put things into perspective is to think about active adult housing as lifestyle-based and not care center.
Over the last few years, a lot of developers have created spaces to accommodate the needs of active adults who may be stepping into late adulthood but are still at the prime of their game.
This allows adults 55 and over to move out of their own homes and have the option to enjoy more housing options even if they don’t need advanced care just yet.
The benefits of active adult housing
Finally, active adult independent living offers a lot of benefits to seniors 55 and over who want to live their best life after retirement. Most active adults don’t need a huge living space to function and would want to move to a smaller house that they can easily maintain.
Active adult housing offers a type of independent living where seniors won’t need to worry about renovations, repainting, and caring for their lawns, so they can focus on having a good time and living their best life. Of course, there’s the option to have their peers around and still make memories with the family.
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