If you've been considering moving to a senior living community of some type, it's important to remember that it is not a sign of giving up. Some people may feel like moving into a retirement community might be a kind of concession, an admission of defeat, but it's absolutely not. It's not defeating to admit that you are dealing with the same thing lots of people your age are also dealing with.


Keeping up with a larger residence is time-consuming, and it is more time consuming if you have trouble lifting things or take longer to get from room to room. Most housing in senior living communities is more compact, and often they come with an option for some housekeeping. This buys you something important: time. It gives you time back from your day to do the things you enjoy, spend more time with the people you love, and spend your life living.


Almost all senior living apartments are designed around the use of mobility aids as well as other safety features that you may need. This can include handrails, walk-in showers, wider hallways for moving, perhaps even a walk-in bathtub. Unless you have done some extensive and expensive work on your own home, you likely do not have most of these features. This can not only help prevent falls but give you back a lot of control over your own life, especially if you live alone. Many also have elevators, so even if you are on an upper floor, you won't have to worry about navigating down a set of stairs.


The wonderful thing about living in a community built for seniors is that you have an in-built community, people in your age group who have a lot in common with yourself. Some of these centers actually offer a type of shared housing, which can be really beneficial to those who have been living alone and don't want to do that, anymore. According to agingcare.com, loneliness can have a negative impact on not just your mental health, but your physical health as well. Senior communities are aware of this, and often arrange game nights and other fun activities to get you out and talking to other people.


You may not know this, but a lot of senior living communities hire shuttle buses to help you get around town. This gives you the independence to still get out and do on your own, without having to worry about maintaining a vehicle you may not feel comfortable driving anymore. Often they will take you to grocery stores and many may also go to the theaters or the mall in your town. The availability on this, of course, varies, but it is a feature that is worth looking for.