The biggest predictor of longevity is one's social community and connections.
Retirement is an exciting phase of life that comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Many retirees look forward to the freedom and relaxation that comes with leaving the workforce, but they also face the challenge of finding a suitable living environment. Retirement communities and 55+ communities can provide an excellent solution to this problem. As a former home health Physical Therapist, I have a unique perspective from having worked with patients in these settings. There are many benefits of retirement communities and some excellent options in the Carmel and Monterey area like: Del Mesa in Carmel, Hacienda in Carmel, Merrill Gardens in Monterey, and Park Lane in Monterey.
- Active Lifestyle
One of the biggest benefits of retirement communities is the active lifestyle they offer. These communities are designed to encourage residents to stay physically and mentally active, with a range of amenities and activities available. For example, Del Mesa in Carmel has a clubhouse, fitness center, pool, and tennis court. Hacienda in Carmel offers a putting green, bocce ball court, and shuffleboard. Merrill Gardens in Monterey has a theater, art studio, and library. Park Lane in Monterey features a heated pool and fitness center.
- Social Connection
Retirement can be a lonely time for some individuals, but retirement communities provide an excellent opportunity for social connection. Residents can participate in community events, join clubs and interest groups, and interact with others who share their interests. This social connection can lead to improved mental health, increased happiness, and a sense of belonging. Del Mesa, for instance, has over 300 resident-led clubs and committees, while Hacienda has a full-time activities director to plan events and outings.
- Low Maintenance Living
Another benefit of retirement communities is the low maintenance living they offer. Maintenance and upkeep of homes and yards can be a significant burden for retirees, especially those with limited mobility. Retirement communities typically take care of all maintenance, including lawn care, snow removal, and repairs. This frees up time and energy for residents to focus on activities they enjoy. Merrill Gardens, for example, offers weekly housekeeping and linen service, while Park Lane provides transportation to appointments and shopping.
- Safety and Security
Retirement communities can also provide a safe and secure living environment for seniors. Many communities have gated entrances, security personnel, and emergency response systems in place to ensure residents' safety. Del Mesa has a 24-hour gatehouse and security patrol, while Hacienda has a gated entrance and a resident concierge. Merrill Gardens has a 24-hour emergency call system, and Park Lane has secured entry and exit points.
Not sure if these are right for you? Reach out today and I am happy to discuss your needs.
Blake Russell, Realtor and Olympian
Sotheby's International Realty | DRE 02188622
831.917.9886 | [email protected]