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Active Adult Living Del Webb Communities

We Are In This Together

One thing a visitor or a new resident notices in our active adult community, is that everyone waves to each other. Another thing is that people are friendly. Walking into or out of our activities clubhouse, you are likely to be met with a smile and greeting. Attend any of the events in our grand ballroom like concerts, luncheons, cards or whatever and people will exchange introductions and engage in friendly conversations.

You would think we all know each other. With 1140 homes in our community and maybe over 2,000 people living here, we don’t know everybody. But we act like we do.

With people living here coming from all over the country and different parts of the world, why do we get along so well. Why is there such a different attitude from our working lives and our lives in cities and suburbs where we used to live during our working lives.

The difference is that once you enter our gates you are home and the people living here are our neighbors that you know and have the feeling that “we are all in this together”.  Besides being neighbors physically we are on a journey together, living our retired life. Knowing we have all made the journey thus far to get there, at this stage in our lives, to enjoy life.

We are in this together!

We know we all arrived for some of the same reasons. We are looking for and sharing quality of life in a beautiful community where we are enjoying life, even more so than we were a few years ago.

We want to stay physically active and you can see that at the softball games, bocce, pickleball, tennis matches, cardio classes, gym regulars and the many morning walkers along Deaton Creek Parkway.

We want to stay mentally active and you can see that in the conversations with folks who keep themselves informed across the board. We participate in mental activity games, forums, trivia, having experts come to talk with us. We share a passion for life long learning.

We want to travel and see the world so we take cruises, bus tours, regional overnight trips and day trips. We take trips together sometimes. We like new experiences.

We experience health issues commonly experienced at this stage of life, death of a spouse, we come together to support each other in time of need.

We share concerns about our finances, getting a safe return so our money doesn’t run out, sharing tips about social security and veterans benefits, keeping an eye on our HOA budget and attending our investment club.

We live in the present. Although coming here with interesting life long experiences, we want life now to be all it can be and committed to getting everything out of it, while we can.

We socialize together going out to see a play, take turns having the neighbors over for dinner, going to lunch regularly with our neighbors, we make new friends, we host card games at our homes.

We have fun together attending the many activities, the concerts, and many other events. We like to just talk with each other and you can do that as easy as walking out your front door and soon you will be talking with someone.

All of this is quite different from the neighborhoods we moved from, with the busy moms busing the kids around, the neighbors who were not that friendly, everyone rushing off to work.

It’s nice to live a community with people that we relate to and share so much with! No wonder we have the feeling “we are in this together”.

Robert Fowler

 

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Active Adult Living Del Webb Communities Retirement

Sense of Community

This article brings to attention the importance of having a sense of community as you age and how to proceed building one.  As it turns out this was a very good thing to before you needed it. But it’s now too late.

Retirement is disappointing for some people.  They are taken out of their work world and have nothing to do and nobody to do it with.  They just don’t know what to do with themselves.

When people change their surroundings like that, when they retire, it takes a while to get their new bearings.  It did for me and it will for you too.

What is this retirement life that is supposed to be so good, all about?

One thing that I have written about before is how activities is the answer in giving you something to do.  It is exciting to find something fun to do that you really like. I have done that with bocce, race walking, and pickleball.  I love all of those activities.

Those activities would be no fun and impossible to do all by yourself.  You need people, hopefully ones you like, to do them with you.

When we retired, Mary Ann and I became involved with the new Park Place Active Adult Center in Johns Creek.  That’s where I started walking with the Park Place Pacers, playing bocce three times a week and being in charge of entertainment for the monthly dinner.

It’s also where we met, Don, Lamont, Genette, Pam, Skippy, Jim and Peggy, and so many others that we became friends with. I joined the activity committee.  We knew just about everybody. It was our community. Senior Centers really do offer a lot.

We liked it so much, we started looking at Active Adult Retirement Communities that offer that same sense of community with all kinds of activities right in the same community.  Our new friends would be our neighbors.

Sense of Community Paired with Amenities that meet all our needs

Looking back after living in a Del Webb Community for two years, I see that the sense of community was almost immediate.  People were so friendly, open and accepting right off the bat.  The rewards are immediate.

People benefit but they also give back.  Many people step forward to be the captain of their bocce teams like Mary Ann and I are doing right now. Or be an officer in one of the many clubs and groups.  Or even helping with group dinners, or maintaining the trails as the environmental club is doing. They also give much help to those outside the community like elementary schools, Veterans shelters,  food banks, and the list goes on.

Our sense of community is also strengthened because we have survived working life and made it to retirement and are active, engaged and living our passions.  We come from many difference backgrounds and regions of the country, but we relate on so many levels.

When we visited Village at Deaton Creek for the first time, we were paired with an “ambassador couple” who lived here and took us around the community to tour all the impressive amenities.  At the end of the day, upon returning to their home, before we departed he left us with a bit of wisdom. He said, those amenities are pretty impressive, but we have found it’s the people who really make this a community a desirable place to live.  We agree.

So if you are retiring or already retired and are not getting the most out of your retirement, looking for something to do and somebody to do it with,  then you may want to visit your neighborhood Active Adult Center (Senior Center).  Or if you can, move to an Active Adult Community.

Robert Fowler