If you haven’t updated your ideas about retirement or senior communities, it’s time to shake up your thinking. Today’s retirement communities are entirely different from the “old folks homes” of yesteryear.

Retirement communities range from very homelike apartments and freestanding condos to high-end luxury villas. They most definitely don’t feel “institutional” in the slightest. That’s because as Baby Boomers have aged, their expectations have changed the rules – very much for the better!

Most seniors who have moved to Westminster Village North assisted living or independent living report that they prefer life in their new homes and busy lives to life alone.

Here’s what’s going on in today’s active retirement communities:

  • No home maintenance
    Keeping up a home (not to mention yard work) can be stressful and exhausting, especially for seniors with physical limitations. Even minor issues like arthritis or vision loss can make mowing the lawn, cooking and cleaning, climbing a ladder, or raking leaves difficult to do. At Westminster Village North, these tasks are a thing of the past.
  • Improved family relationships
    Role reversals such as adult children caretaking senior parents can strain relationships and add feelings of resentment on all sides. Moving into a retirement community can change all that, liberating seniors from feeling overly dependent on family members for their care. Westminster Village North residents are grateful to return to the role of family matriarch or patriarch and welcome their grown children and grandchildren for visits whenever they please.
  • Boredom is a thing of the past
    Residents need never be bored at a retirement community. All kinds of entertainment and activities are offered just outside their front doors — from classes to day excursions, themed parties to visiting musicians and performers, work outs, to workshops.
  • Great food choices without the cooking
    At senior living communities like Westminster Village North, residents don’t have to worry about grocery shopping, meal preparation or cleanup. Instead, they get to enjoy a fine dining experience every day of the week. Not only is the food exceptionally well prepared, but alternative meals are usually offered and special diet needs can almost always be accommodated.
  • Less or no driving
    For some retirees, it’s stressful to drive to appointments, activities and shopping. That’s why many residents prefer to take advantage of the free transportation that’s provided by Westminster Village North. Although parking is available for residents who prefer to drive, it’s no longer a dreaded activity.
  • More opportunities to stay sharp
    Senior communities like Westminster Village North offer a wealth of opportunities to stay engaged, active and sharp. Participation in chess, bridge, billiards, bingo, crosswords and mind games, reading and discussion groups, and fascinating classes and lectures on every conceivable topic are readily available downstairs, or just around the corner.
  • New friendships
    Older adults who live alone often feel isolated, which is unhealthy at any age. At senior communities there are friends to make, meals to share and occasions to enjoy as often as they are desired.
  • Peace of mind
    Residents at Westminster Village North enjoy the peace of mind that comes from feeling safe, protected and secure. There are emergency response systems in every room, apartment and home. No more fears about falling or becoming ill without anyone knowing, a scenario that’s all too common for seniors residing alone.

The smartest thing that you can do as you approach retirement is to take a fresh look at retirement and senior living care communities like Westminster Village North. Learn more about the options and talk with the residents who already live there. You might be surprised at how vibrant and active these communities can be!