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How Old Are People Living in Over 55 Communities?

Some people may want to know how old people are that live in an Over 55 Community.  The most relevant people to ask that question are those considering an early retirement and want to consider if they are ready to move in with older people.

A sales associate told me they were heading to the model home park with a couple in their 50s, when they saw a person using a walker. The couple immediately decided they didn’t belong there and they didn’t need to see the model. Another younger couple moved into Del Webb Hilton Head and after a year, moved out because there were too many older people for them.

Is age really as relevant as a 50 year old person thinks?

When you define old age, it is from the perspective of the person doing the defining.

There are a number of quotes about age, but the one I like best is by Bernard Baruch: “To me, old age is always about 15 years older than I am”.

Mark Twain had a good one with: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”.

Back to the question of how old are people living in a 55+ community.  The obvious, they are at least age 55. In an Active Adult Community, the average age of residents may depend on when the community was built.  A community built out over 10 years ago may have a higher average age, than one being built now. This is because a lot of people moved in 10 years ago and are older now, but there have been resales and new people are always moving in.

If you ask the sales office how old are the people living in a community, they will tell you they do not keep a record of the ages.

Living in my Del Webb community which is 7 years old, I will venture a guess that the highest percentage of people are in their 70s. I would guess the next age decade may be people in their 60s, then 80s. There are people fewer in their 50s and 90s.  But the ages are pretty spread out from the 50s to the 90s.

I have admired and been inspired by people of all ages living in our community.

This year in our community, several people in their 80s have beaten me in pickleball and in bocce. Several play softball.  Last year at the National Senior Games, there was a 80 year old that had a faster time than I did for the 5k race walk. (I was age 68)

But even more impressive, I think, are the mental abilities, life experiences, enthusiasm for life and living in the present, people have.

Two members in our writing group around 90 years old are sharp as a tack.  I saw two 90+ years old participate at USA Track and Field events, setting national records.  But I have been most impressed with people in their 80s  and how much they are involved in activities. People in their 70s are in prime time, going as fast as they can to enjoy as much of life as they can.

Many of all ages, like to travel. Many write. Some of the hobbies people have here are just fascinating. Many mange their money well and stay abreast of financial conditions. Politics is alive and well. Volunteering is part of many people lives here. There is a joy of living and zest for what’s next. Being part of their grand kids’ lives is important to many, as well as church.  Staying active and engaged is the key common denominator.

I think most people that move into an Active Adult Community feel younger in a year. It’s all up to you, but you will have lots of good examples to show you how to stay younger.

As long as you are age 55, I don’t think you can be too young to move into an Active Adult Community. Most people I talk with say they wish they had moved here sooner.

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Thoughts on Turning 70 Years Old

This year I am turning 70 years old. So far it is interesting to experience some events that were in the far off future, not long ago. A few of the events that start finally when you turn age 70 are:

Events That Happen When You Turn Age 70

1. I start to receive my full social security benefit. Yes, I am one of those who waited until age 70 to claim my social security, in order to get the increased amount. A lifetime annuity has begun and if I die first, Mary Ann will receive my larger amount, hers being smaller because she started at age 62 getting her benefits.

2. RMDs or required minimal distributions from my IRA account is required when I turn age 70 and a half. I had IRAs at several institutions but last year transferred them all to Fidelity so that when this time comes, the RMD can be calculated easily. My RMD for the year will show on my Fidelity account summary. If you turn 70 after July 1st, then you won’t have to take your RMD until the next year.

3. Senior school tax exemptions start in some counties. In Hall county Georgia, there is a senior school tax exemption to those of us who are 70 that is not based on income, everyone can get it. This is a huge benefit. But you have to be 70 at the first of the year, so it won’t kick in until next year.

4. Jury Duty is exempted when you turn 70 in Hall County. I just served on a Hall county jury and was the oldest person on the jury. The next time I get a jury summons, I could just send the form back exempting myself from serving if I wanted. We will see, I just may go anyway.

5. You are in a different age division or group. As you may know I do senior and master sports competition that is grouped into age divisions. I am moving from age division 65 to 69, up to now competing in the 70 to 74 division.

What Happens to You When You Turn Age 70?

So far very little difference. It’s a big yawn. I race walked a 5K yesterday, much like normal and my time was about as expected. I plan on playing pickleball this week and maybe walking with the guys over to the hospital for breakfast. Calendar looks normal.

Medical Issues

Well there in one little thing that just happened and that is I started taking blood pressure medicine. Up until now I have never been on any medicines, ever. But now the Doc says I need to take this one little pill every day for the rest of my life. Well it is working, so good. Overall I am extremely fortunate health wise and to be able to race walk and be active.

Most 70 plus year olds do have some medical issues, but do a great job making the best of it.

Lifestyle plays a major role in maintaining your health and there is no better place to do that than here, at an Active Adult Community.

Inspiring Examples of Life at 70 Plus

70 year olds seem to be the majority group in our 10 year old active adult community and some of them are excellent inspiring examples of how to be active in your 70s. Some of the best players in my pickleball group are in their late 70s. I remember several of the most creative people in the writing group were in their late 70s & beyond. You could say the same no matter what the mental or physical activity, with 70 plus year olds excelling at what they do.

Travel is certainly one of the most favored activities of people in their 70s with popular activities being river cruises, ocean cruises, land tours, day trips, and foreign travel. Many are away for a few weeks or more.

My Calendar Is Full

The age 70 plus mantra continues to be “do it while you can!”. The “it” includes such things as I have observed people doing in my community, such as:

Walking several times a week, going to the gym three times a week, visiting grandkids, traveling, volunteering, doing crafts, square dancing, trying out new restaurants, getting seasons tickets to a community theater, going to Florida for 2 or 3 months during the Winter, starting a club, collecting something, writing a book, singing in a choral group, taking a motorcycle trip, teaching Sunday school class, having neighbors over for dinner, studying trivia while walking on a treadmill, going to the National Senior Games, trying to figure out Medicare, taking in senior discount day at Regal Cinema, going back home for a visit, take a 30 day hike across Northern Spain, having overnight guests stay with you, going to see the Braves play at Spring training in Florida, taking a day trip to a casino or a museum, taking back-to-back cruises, getting involved in a political group, going to a meet-up group, watching a softball game, asking for a senior discount,calling your brother or sister, cleaning up the walking trails in the community, playing putt putt and then going to lunch, developing a meditation practice, go biking, going to a costume party, growing a patio garden, reading books, playing the piano, doing some estate planning, going to a Georgia football game, selling things on Ebay, writing a blog, having family reunions, researching your family tree, having your children over for Holidays, hosting a card party at your home, driving a school bus, hosting a tournament, joining the writers group at the library, setting up a trust fund for your grand kids, going to breakfast with the guys, making a bucket list, redoing your will, trying to improve your sleep to get 8 hours, checking Facebook, going to the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, enjoying a glass of wine, discovering a good Netflix series and binge watching all episodes, taking an on-line course, joining the botanical gardens, visting with the medicare nurse, playing pool at the clubhouse, updating your net worth schedule, teaching a class, taking a food tour, hanging around the clubhouse lobby and talking with people, singing karaoke, keeping your calendar updated, listening to a good radio program, recording your weight and blood pressure, taking a trip to be away from home over a month, visiting the history museum, taking an art class, starting a dinner club, taking your spouse for Doctor visits, reminisce about your life, give a eulogy at a friend’s funeral, make travel plans for a big trip, talking with a stranger until they have to go, get a half calf coffee, read the obituaries, going to a class reunion, competing in a sporting event, attend the Kentucky derby, visit your ancestry’s county of origin, have cataract surgery, looking at your fitbit data, using an echo dot and asking for your favorite song every morning, working on the jig saw puzzle at the clubhouse.

Wait a minute, I just noticed I have 1193 words in this post, going way over my 1,000 word limit.

Just remember to have fun, be active, do what you want to do with people you want to do it with and by all means, let’s “do it while we can!”.

Robert Fowler