Many people look at retirement differently. Some people work their entire life in hopes of being able to retire, and some have worked their entire life trying to avoid it. It scares some people and is exciting to others. Everyone’s situation is different.
Retirement facilities, on the other hand, typically have a negative light shined on them. That’s not always the case. There are plenty of positives involved in senior living. Here are a few things you may not have know about retirement.
- Those who retire are most concerned by their health. About 81% of retirees cite good health as the single most important aspect of having a happy retirement. Elders who take care of themselves have a much higher chance of staying healthy well into old age. Good health will lower their stress levels, too. One of the things that seniors living in retirement facilities worry about most is that they are going to become burdens on their family, but if they can maintain good health, their family won’t need to go the extra mile for medical expenses.
- Those living in these retirement homes usually find themselves much more satisfied and much happier than they thought they were going to be in retirement. According to a survey of MONEY readers, about 48% of retirees admitted to being happier in retirement than they originally expected. Another way that seniors living in retirement homes can stay happy is simply by being more active. The happiest of elderly people engage in three to four or five regular activities.
- According to a National Research survey in 2012, about 60% of independent living residents who visited two or more retirement facilities before they decided which one they would permanently move to. About 44% of people admitted that reputation and recommendation were the reasons they chose their adult communities. About 40% of those surveyed cited location as their number one reason for choosing.
Many people believe that themselves or their elderly loved ones are going to hate living in retirement communities, but that simply is not the case. They can actually be a lot of fun. There are opportunities to meet new friends, stay active in a community, try new things, and just live a more connected lifestyle.