Moving to a Retirement Community? Beware the Desert
If a retirement community is in your future—or your parents’—beware a drought, suggests The Huffington Post. That doesn’t just mean look out for the desert. … Though it partly does.
In “Retirement Communities: The 7 Things You Should Ask,” you’ll find some interesting tips for evaluating retirement communities that you may not have considered. And you’ll find a few it’s good to be reminded of. For example, think location, location, location. That can impact whether you have a bevvy of things to keep you active or a virtual activity drought.
One thing to consider is a community in or near a college. Colleges and universities frequently let seniors audit classes for free. College campuses also have many free and low-cost cultural offerings — concerts, art shows, visiting authors. Retirement communities tend to be built out in deserts or on the outskirts of town where land is cheaper. It may be worth paying a premium for locations closer to the things that will keep you happiest — and that includes being near old friends and family.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.