Does anyone live in one of these communities? How often do you participate in activities and use the amenities?
We live in an active adult community, not a continuous care facility. Sometimes we are gone for a year at a time but we love the fact that when we return, we have access to movies, the swimming pool, the computer room, workout room, social activities, the billiard hall and so on. We like having known our neighbors for the last 17 years.
Like Nords said, having everything available if we want it, and in walking distance. We donít feel the push to join in everything and maintain friends elsewhere as well.
I think people are worried about being sick and vulnerable and alone.
I think one advantage of an over-55 community is that if the newspapers begin to pile up outside your door, no one assumes you spent the night at your SO's house or went skiing for the weekend. People are a lot less bashful about knocking on doors and checking up on each other.
I agree. When one of our neighbors is ill, we all seem to know about it soon enough, and people make food, get food, take them to the docs, and check up on them. We all know if someone is on vacation or if there is another reason for the papers beginning to pile up on the porch.
There are pros and cons to every living space choice. My BIL is a musician and wants to continue practice in his jazz band when he retires. This would absolutely NOT work in our retirement community.
OTOH, in Chapala, for instance, we have a sense
of community and people check up on each other also. There are older singles who need attention and due to the tight knit feeling, people check in on them, get them food and so on, the same as the AAC I mentioned above.
Author, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement