Del Webb Communities Retirement

20 Ways To Help Your Neighbors

I have found one of the benefits from living in an active retirement community, is that residents can share help and support to and from neighbors in their community.

In a regular subdivision, most of your neighbors work, are busy with their kids and may be too busy to help. You can build your own help and support group but it’s hard to do with friends living all over and some still working.

Not so in a retirement community. Friends are living right in the community and have a mindset that we are all in this together. We need each others help and glad to offer our help and assistance when we can.

A single person or a couple can really benefit, especially as they get older, from having neighbors that will pitch in when needed with various types of help. This is a very helpful arrangement which solves a problem we all face as we get older. Heck, no matter what age you are, this is a good arrangement, to help others and they help you. Kind of like a support network.

We have only been living in our Del Webb Community for one year and I have seen these examples of help and support many times. You don’t have to be an expert to help, most of the help needed can be done by anyone.

  1. Drive to Doctors Appointments
  2. Pick up after leaving car for repair
  3. When you are not home, someone to get your mail, look out for package delivery, meet repairmen.
  4. Come to the rescue when there is a medical emergency.
  5. Help move, unload or pickup stuff. Moving a TV, unload a Costco purchase from your vehicle are two examples.
  6. Take to hospital for cataract surgery.
  7. Comfort after loss of spouse.
  8. Someone to talk and socialize with. Just pick up the phone, walk down to the clubhouse, or attend any activity.
  9. Share adult living tips like where to get prescriptions filled, where senior discounts are given, good local doctors.
  10. Neighbors borrowing at no cost temporary medical equipment like a walker, wheelchair, crutches, shower seat, etc.
  11. Traveling together either with neighbors taking a cruise or a group trip organized by the HOA or sometimes a neighbor.
  12. Going out for lunch or dinner with neighbors is a fun socializing event at it’s best. Helps get you and an friend out of the house! Also sharing tips about great restaurants in the area.
  13. Taking a food dish over to someone recuperating.
  14. Sharing Repair and Maintenance Vendors info. Since we all live in homes built by the same builder, and many times the same appliances, this is really helpful. Also info about how you can solve home problems.
  15. Walking on our neighborhood streets and parkway, sharing a hello and maybe conversation for a while is an uplifting way to start your day.
  16. Playing pick up sports like pickleball or bocce with a same day email asking if anyone wants to play today at 7pm?
  17. Help with technical issues like a computer mouse not working, a smart TV not getting the internet, or how to use wireless head phones. There is usually a neighbor who can help.
  18. Searching for a lost cat or dog.
  19. Also related, feeding and talking care of your cat or dog while you are away.
  20. Keeping an eye open for home security, especially when you are gone. The neighbors will notice when someone new is around.

These are some of the ways neighbors help each other, that I have seen in my community this year. I could keep going. There are many, many other forms of helping each other through friendships, sharing activities and events and in intellectual, artistic and even physical ways.

So when you visit a retirement community and look at all the facilities and amenities, just remember that the thing that may be most beneficial is something you cannot see: the help and support we provide each other as good neighbors.


Active Adult Living Retirement

Travel in Retirement

Travel is probably the one activity most associated with retirement. We dream all our working lives that one day we will have the time to travel.

For one group, the travel dream is being lived out and that group is active adults.

Active Adults Like to Travel.

It makes sense, since being active means to move and if you move enough, you are traveling. Ha.

In our Active Adult Community, we have a monthly newsletter, The Deaton Creek Villager, that has a section called “Traveling Villager” that displays photographs of residents on their travels.  I love this section which gives you a good idea of where Active Adults travel to.

This month the Traveling Villager has photographs of our residents in these locations: Mt. Masada Israel, Arches National Park in Utah, Grand Teton National Park WY, Bacelona Spain, Dunrobin Castle Highlands Scotland, Murphy’s Bar Lillarney Ireland, Rose distillery Dillard GA, Eiffel Tower in Paris, cruising Glacier Bay Alaska, on a camel in Judean Desert West Bank, Lambeau Field Green Bay, Erice Sicily.  Wow, how’s that for a bucket list, and that’s only one month.
travel photos


Active Adult Communities Make Traveling Easier

There are a couple of ways living in an 55+ Active Adult Retirement Community makes travel easier.

  1. You feel safer leaving your home. It is a gated community with neighbors that know each other.
  2. Travel Opportunities

There are Many Types of  Travel Opportunities

Some examples of travel opportunities in Active Adult Communities are:

  1. Day Trippers Group – Day Trippers take a different trip each month. We are limited to excursions that can be completed within one day. We go to places within a 150 mile radius from the Village.  With 700 members, trips fill up fast.  Some trips coming up this year are:
    8/7/ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
    9/17/ Cirque du Soleil Luzia
    10/12/ College Football Hall of Fame, Carlos museum
    11/17/ Gwinnett Gladiators Ice hockey
    12/16/ Symphony
  2. Independent Travel GroupPeople who want to plot their own itinerary when planning vacations. Purpose: Meet to share experiences on how to plan your own travel, save money, basic photography, use the Internet to find information, learn country customs, book hotels, get a more in-depth cultural experience, etc.  Many times neighbor friends in Active Adult Communities do a trip together.
  3. Travel Group – Do you like to travel ? Do you want to travel ? Well then this is the group for you! UPCOMING TRIPS: Many great trips planned for the coming months including, Ireland, Tulip River Cruise, London/Paris, British Isles cruise, Australia/New Zeland and New York City Holiday.

These travel groups are a tremendous resource for your retirement travel in so many ways, giving travel ideas, making travel easier and even letting you travel with friends while not having to worry about the logistics of travel.

Outside travel companies cater to our Active Adult Community and make presentations in our clubhouse. Organized trips will pick us up and return to our parking lot. How convenient is that!

Mary Ann and I will be on the Daniel Discovery Tours ten day trip in October for the New England Fall Foliage. Escorted motor coach tours these days provide high-quality, comfortable trips to destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

Road Scholar learning adventures are designed to enrich, thrill, and challenge you.  Road Scholar has been recommended to me by several friends. Not cheap, but reportedly worth it.

Collette Tours is probably the top senior travel company offering guided tours worldwide. They will have tours leaving from your Active Adult Community.

Cruises. One of my favorite posts to research and write was Cruise Travel Tips and gives a good overview of why people love to take a cruise.

Associations– This week one of our community friends (Mary Lou) is in New Orleans and posted a pic of her group cruising the Mississippi River. She is there attending a retired teacher association meeting.  Another neighbor Ron is retired military and told me he went to a retired  military group meeting in Saint Louis and another I think in Portland Oregon later this Summber where he is spend some vacation time. With my track club association I have traveled to MN, NC, NM, and AL attending the USATF and National Senior Games.  You may have some outside associations too that offer travel opportunities.

AARP Travel is a good source of travel ideas and travel discounts.

4. Travel With Teens – Many of our friends like to travel with their families once a year. My pickleball buddy just went on a cruise with this family, then he and his wife did a back to back cruise by themselves. Other popular family travel is to rent a big house at the beach or in the mountains.

Living in an Active Adult Community definitely helps one enjoy their dream of retirement travel. This is a intangible benefit that you may not be made aware of when considering an active adult community lifestyle.

Robert Fowler

Travel while you can.
My friend Larry