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Choosing Your Retirement Community - Ten More Things to Know About Retirement Communities

Carol Fena

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Retirement communities are great for many reasons. Here are ten tips for choosing the right one for you. Retirement housing is different from housing in a regular community. These tips will show you how everyone over 55 would benefit from additional features that will all prove themselves helpful as you age.

1) Be close to the medical facility of your choice or hospitals for emergency care. Some communities have on-site medical clinics, but most people have an outside facility that they visit for routine appointments. As you age, these appointments may increase in frequency and you will be spending more time driving back and forth. To limit the amount of time, it is preferable to have the facility within a desirable range of 5 to 10 miles.

2) Inexpensive Food - I think you will find as you age, your nutrition becomes a high priority. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be easily obtained and low-cost sources should be nearby. Make sure your community is near farmer's markets, co-ops, and reasonably-priced grocery stores for convenience to fresh fruits and vegetables. Within 2 miles is best.

3) Medical appointments - Be sure to keep all your medical appointments and have annual checkups. It becomes more important with age. Since medical appointments and records are now being placed on your computer, a community with a computer for you to use would be a good choice if you do not have a computer.

4) Medicine Monitoring - It would be great to have a way of monitoring your medicine so you won't forget to take it. Many communities provide some assistance. Although most active adult communities do not, there are some that do and this may be important to you. Many senior apartment communities have services of this type.

5) Diets - Speaking of services, many communities now are making sure their restaurant facilities will offer you food that adheres to your special diet plans.

6) Daily Expenses - By carefully choosing the right community, you can lower your daily expenses for gas, food, utilities, repairs, etc.

7) Recreational opportunities - Today we are finding out which recreational activities are best for seniors. Among these are table tennis for the aging brain, walking for exercise, and swimming. Make sure your community or nearby facilities offer amenities for exercising and lifelong learning.

8) Restaurants - Some days you are tired or you didn't get out to grocery shop. You need to go to a restaurant or have delivery. Wouldn't it be nice to have some restaurants you like nearby. Within 1 mile is best.

9) Near Family - While it is nice to move to another location in a warmer climate, I believe it is best to be close to some relatives or friends you love and who can give you emotional nourishment. You may wish to choose a community close to your grown children and be able to see your grandchildren regularly. Or at least arrange to visit often.

10) Y's and Senior Centers - Y's and Senior Centers and other community amenities for seniors offer many programs for cost savings and health benefits. Senior Center benefits may include low-cost meals.

I hope you enjoy this list of more things to look for when choosing the best retirement community for you.

Carol Fena, Realtor and Webmaster for http://www.bestguide-retirementcommuni .


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