I love it when I see people in their 80’s and 90’s having so much fun!
So many people think that getting older means giving up the fun stuff in life. No doubt some people will choose to do that and others may have circumstances beyond their control that limit their ability to be active, but there are so many older adults who are taking charge of their lives and continuing to have fun well into their later years.
Take into consideration this group from Emeritus at Anderson Place in Anderson, South Carolina. They are clearly having fun as they perform the Call Me Maybe cover in response to the one performed by Harvard's baseball team. My opinion is the Emeritus version is WAY better!
Sometimes people put moving off for years and when they finally make the move they will say, “I should have done this a long time ago.” I hear this remark regularly.
Free of the burden of home maintenance, transportation limitations, and the stresses of maintaining a household, these seniors get a new lease on life in these active adult communities.
Of course they also feel better because they are eating regular nutritious meals -- prepared by a top notch chef and cleaned up by wait staff -- and they are taking part in exercise programs and social events.
Living alone can be great and it can also be not so great. It can be lonely to live alone and challenging to stay active. At independent and assisted living senior communities residents have their own apartments and they can have privacy if they want it -- yet fun, socialization, and people are just outside their door when they need or want to feel engaged and involved. It’s a choice.
Often seniors still hold pre-conceived ideas about what senior communities are like. The perception is of the long term care or skilled nursing facilities from way back. Even those have been transformed, but so many seniors just don’t know what they don’t know.
As a Certified Seniors Housing Professional (CSHP) in Austin, TX, and the founder of the Seniors Real Estate Institute, I see it as my responsibility to help senior adults make educated choices about staying in their home vs. moving to a senior community.
Being a real estate agent and a fiduciary means knowing ALL the various housing available in an area and helping seniors make savvy choices about where to live.
|Nikki Buckelew is the Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute and administrator for the Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP) designation. A veteran REALTOR® of over two decades, she holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. As a professional speaker, coach, and trainer, Nikki is committed to empowering, equipping, and educating real estate sales and senior housing professionals seeking to better serve the mature market segment.