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Active retirement communities are an excellent choice for today’s older adults. Since “seniors” these days are living longer, living healthier and wanting more out of their retirement than ever before, an active retirement community makes the perfect choice when it’s time to choose senior housing.

“Active retirement communities allow seniors to get the most out of their retirement,” says Michele Wasserlauf, Executive Director at The Terraces at Bonita Springs. “You’ll enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle, a resort-like atmosphere and the freedom to spend your spare time as you wish, all in an environment designed to meet your needs perfectly, now and in the future.”

Moving into an active retirement community when they’re relatively young gives today’s seniors the chance to experience everything the community has to offer and maximize the joy of their retirement years. “It’s never too early to move into a community because doing so frees up your responsibilities and gives you everything you need to age well and live a happy lifestyle,” says Michele.

Here are just a few of the benefits of moving into an active retirement community.

The benefits of home, without home maintenance.

When you move into an active retirement community like The Terraces at Bonita Springs, you’ll never have to worry about mowing the lawn, fixing up home issues or any other type of maintenance ever again. For one all-inclusive fee, you’ll enjoy a private living space without having to lift a finger to keep it up. Everything is handled for you by the on-site maintenance staff – even housecleaning! This means you no longer have to deal with chores and can instead spend your time as you wish.

Accessible features that allow you to age in place.

Even if you’re currently healthy and active, you may require a little extra assistance as you get older. Active retirement communities are designed with this in mind. You won’t have to manage long staircases, small and awkward doorways, hallways that aren’t set up for things like wheelchairs or walkers, or any other issues you might have in a “private” home. Communities like The Terraces at Bonita Springs also have features like pull bars, emergency call systems and an on-site staff so that you always know you’ll be comfortable and cared for.

Social and entertainment options.

One of the biggest reasons seniors choose to move to active retirement communities is the socialization opportunities. Communities like The Terraces at Bonita Springs offer a wide variety of features and amenities designed to enrich the lives of those who live there. Many communities have on-site swimming pools, fitness centers, movie rooms, dining rooms, art studios and so much more. In our community, we’re just minutes from beaches, fine dining, golf courses, shopping … our residents can find something to do every day of the week!

On-site services that make life easy.

Beyond a maintenance-free lifestyle, active retirement communities provide many on-site services designed to make life even simpler and more carefree. Things like spas and beauty salons, laundry services, health care services, on-site dining and more provide the feel of a resort without the need to have to live out of a suitcase.

One fixed all-inclusive monthly fee.

If you’ve lived in your own paid-off home for some time now, you may wonder why you would consider moving to a place where you pay a monthly fee. Well, while you may currently not have a mortgage payment, you do have to pay for things like utilities, real estate taxes, groceries and other bills. At a retirement community, that one monthly fee you pay will cover all those fees and then some. No longer will you have to juggle different bills and pay surprise costs. That one monthly fee is all-inclusive and covers most, if not all, of the cost of living in the community.

A friendly, like-minded community.

Moving to an active retirement community instantly opens up a vast community of friends and neighbors. Think of it as going back to college without having to take classes or do homework. As soon as you move in, you’ll be surrounded by other active, healthy seniors who are looking to make the most out of their retirement years. Best of all, your new friends and neighbors likely have very similar interests as you – so you instantly have buddies for dining, taking part in activities, going out on excursions and much more.

Additional supportive services to help you age.

Many active retirement communities offer the healthy and active lifestyle you want now, alongside additional health services to help you live well and age well, no matter how your health needs may change in the future. The Terraces at Bonita Springs, for example, offers independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. By choosing a community like this as your home, you’re investing in the active lifestyle you want today while having peace of mind for the future.

As you can see, there are many benefits to living in an active retirement community. In fact, according to many of our residents at The Terraces at Bonita Springs, many seniors wish they’d moved here even sooner! If you’re of retirement age and considering the next chapter of your life, consider moving into an active retirement community – you won’t regret it.

About The Terraces at Bonita Springs

Recreation, special events, holiday celebrations, educational programs, guest speakers and a variety of inspiring activities take place throughout the year at The Terraces at Bonita Springs as part of the community’s active lifestyle programs. The Terraces is the only Life Plan Community for senior living in the Bonita Springs area with services and amenities all under one roof. Living choices include independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. All levels of care, including assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support, are open for direct admittance with no entrance fee.

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