Retirement Activities

Retirement Activities

I have found that activities is what makes retirement work.

Keep active is the key to a successful retirement and will keep you both physically in good condition and engaged mentally and socially.

In this category I will be blogging about retirement activities that are fun and accessible. I am on the Active Committee of our Active Adult Center and have enjoyed many of the activities that is offered there. I believe senior centers are a great activity resource.   I love playing Bocce ball a couple of times every week. I liked participated in the Senior Games last year. I also love traveling and taking cruises. I enjoyed attending with friends the Petit LeMans Road Race every year for the last five years.  My wife and I like taking dance classes and weekly attending our dance club for dancing and socialization.  I love learning new things and I believe even the Internet has helped me stay abreast of current events and explore new things. We love meeting with friends and going out to dinner.  I attended the AARP convention last year and met a lot of new people and was exposed to a lot of great ideas to keep active. I love meet with friends for parties and special events. I participated in my towns Founders Day Parade this year. I like reading books. I collect medals from the nineteenth century world’s fairs and expositions and started a web site to catalog my collection. My wife and I took a cooking class. Going to the gym 3 times a week is an important way to keep active and in shape.  In my spare time I maintain this web site and 5 others about retirement.

I plan to keep doing all of the above and more this year as I will to keep active in my retirement.

I will be sharing the activities that I am doing in retirement right here along with photos. I will be searching for new activities and resources that will be useful to us to stay active. I would comments from you about what you are doing to stay active retirement.

Retirement Activities Resources:

Active Adult Communities
Activities at Senior Center
Retirement Activities for Adults
25 Fun Things to Do in Retirement

Looking for Retirement Communities

Looking for Retirement Communities

When you begin thinking about a retirement community for yourself it can be a little confusing. The main that has to be understood is all the different names and types of retirement communities you will see.

What you are looking for in a retirement community will determine what type of retirement community you should be looking at.

Retirement communities include these types and there is quite a bit of overlay in the terms also.

Retirement Community – this is probably the most general term and includes all of the following.

55+ Community – This is a legal designation that allows the community to limit residents to someone per household that is age 55 and over.

Age-qualified – Same as above but some communities the age is limited to age 62 and above.

Age-restricted – same as above.

Active Adult Community – this is a special type of 55+ community which features programs and amenities that allows the residents to keep physically active and promotes socialization. Del Webb communities fall in this type. Mostly homes owned by the residents but sometimes could be some rentals.

Senior Community – May be limited to senior age 62 plus. Many of these communities are apartment rentals. Services, activities and transportation included.  Senior communities come in quite a range of price points from low income to middle to luxury expensive.

Assisted Living – caters to persons not able to live on their own. Not really a retirement community.

Resources:
Retirement Communities
Active Adult Communities