Although the movies may depict old-fashioned retirement communities, the vast majority of retirement communities, particularly in Florida, are filled with fun and active communities.
So what can a new retiree expect when moving into a Florida retirement home, particularly one with Florida Retirement Community Amenities?
At first, it should be noted, many retirees, in particular men, often miss their old home. “I was born in it, raised five kids in it, and I’ll die in it” is a common expression.
However, within a week, suddenly, the light bulb goes on. My God, I have never felt safer and more alive in my life. Not only are there a ton of amenities, but there are hundreds of friendly people, “just like me.”
Women, in particular, adjust fast. They are so relieved that after years of cooking and cleaning kitchens, they not only have to go to the grocery store to shop, and plan menus, they are intensely relieved.
And that relief sets in when they get a taste of the food, which is now better than ever.
Once they get over their old house, men are also relieved that they no longer have to mow lawns, shovel snow, and clean out rain gutters.
The next thing that happens at a Florida retirement community is that they develop a few friendships within the community. Retirement communities are one of the most comfortable places on earth to establish friendships. It’s a no-sweat proposition.
For many women, this opens up an entirely new chapter in their retirement if they were a stay-at-home retiree. Whereas previously their husbands were at work or commuting to work 10 to 12 hours a day, they are now suddenly home 24 hours a day with complaints they have nothing to do.
Friendships, lead to activities, and Florida Retirement Community Amenities are numerous.
There are golf, tennis, swimming, hiking trails, state of the art gymnasium facilities with yoga, Zumba, and dance exercise classes, heated swimming pools, and heated whirlpools lighted bocce ball courts.
There is dancing in the ballroom, and plenty of arts and crafts activities such as ceramics and painting and crafts, billiards, darts, and games.
Yes, there is even Bingo, which, despite its old-fashioned reputation, can still be a thrilling game. Don’t like Bingo. Then join a Texas Hold’em game.
Get bored with your retiree Shangrila? Retirees don’t need a car to get out and about. There are free shuttles every day to local malls and discounted or free shuttles to Florida’s many attractions.
As for getting to the doctor, you are generally only a short Taxi, or Uber ride away from some of the best medical care for seniors within the United States.
It’s safe to say that not only are many retirees more active than ever before; they are, on the whole, incredibly happy.
Most communities are now also pet-friendly as they have found that adding pets to the mix adds an added level of mental health benefits for residents. And with lots of trails, those pets get plenty of walks.
Florida hosts some of the best prices on real estate in the country. There are many quality retirement communities in Florida where you can retire for a little over $100,000, which many people get to sell their existing home.
Of course, the more affluent communities cost more, but bear in mind, Florida has no state income taxes, so your nest egg will often go a long way.