Quality of Life
- Meet Basic Needs Be Mobile
- Learn, Grow & Make Decisions
- Contribute to Society
- Build & Maintain Relationships
When we talk about a 55+ Community, we’re referring to an exclusive neighborhood that offers active adults all the benefits of home ownership. A place where homes are geared toward easy living with neighborhood amenities that offer a premium lifestyle. This type of community has long been a hot commodity in California, Texas and Florida. What could be better in the prime of our lives!? Come explore all Linkside at Old Hawthorne has to offer you!
Are you in a home that’s too large, hard to maneuver, or maintain? Make your life easier on your body and set yourself up for healthy aging with us.
The sheer number of people who are, or will be, aging means we need to pay attention to their needs. Approximately 47 million people age 65 or older live in the United States, according to a 2017 Government Census estimate. What’s more, this group is estimated to more than double in 40 years. The Population Reference Bureau projects that in 2060, nearly 100 million Americans will be 65 or older. Why? Simply, we’re living longer! The average American life expectancy is 78 years (National Center for Health Statistics), and according to the CDC, when you reach 80 years of age…you’re likely to live another 8-10 years on average. That’s great news!
If we’re age 55 or older, it’s important to be thinking about our overall health. Staying healthy means a lot of things: quality of life, first and foremost. But health also impacts function. Will we be able to stay mobile? How well will we be able to care for ourselves? The answers to these questions will determine where we live. Since environment plays such a huge role in how we feel and what we do, active 55+ communities are ideal in helping to promote wellness.
For most older adults age 55+, money and health are big concerns. They are linked in many ways, too. If we are able to remain healthy and independent, we can more easily protect our assets. But one threat to staying healthy may be our current living situation. Are we in a home that’s too large, hard to maneuver, or maintain? All it takes is a slip or fall, and we find ourselves with a broken ankle or needing a knee replacement. Doesn’t it make sense to make a move while we’re still healthy so we can stay that way? Homes in active 55+ communities are designed with safety and mobility in mind. In 55+ Active Living Communities like Linkside, residents purchase and own their homes, retaining the benefits of home ownership as a way to protect and grow assets, while also planning for and preserving health.
Conservative monthly figures for independent living range from $1,500-$2,500; assisted living from $2,500-$5,000; and long-term care from $7,500-$10,000. In Columbia, Missouri, there are independent living communities charging $8,000 per month! From experience, we have seen many people opt into independent care facilities prematurely, only to quickly decline and move through the advanced stages of care rapidly. They then linger in the most expensive option of long-term care. Of course by that time, resources will likely have been depleted, and options limited by Medicaid, meaning loss of choice in housing and nothing left for heirs. 55+ Independent Living Communities give you the equity of home ownership, the savings from household expenses, and the flexibility to stay mobile and active.
Most older adults do not live in “nursing homes.” Instead, many retirees are choosing to plan for aging-in-place, where the need for in-home care is lessened by healthier lifestyles. In fact, the cost of in-home care is about $30 per hour–much less than living in any type of facility. And, the healthier we are, the more we can manage with minimal supports. One of the benefits of a 55+ community is access to all types of concierge-style a la cart services. Of course, staying active is the best way to stay healthy, resulting not only in cost savings but increased quality of life.