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About Senior Independent Living

As you age, you may find it more difficult to continue living alone. An independent living facility allows you both to meet new friends and to have easy access to transportation and other needs. You still remain in your own apartment, but you are surrounded by others who are going through the same life events.

Retirement communties and subsidized living

A retirement community is usually a subdivision of freestanding homes available only to persons over the age of 55, although some communities are comprised of apartments or condominiums instead of single-family houses. Subsidized housing is also available if you are a low-income senior who needs financial assistance. These residences are subsidized by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to offer you an affordable place to stay while still remaining independent. Whether single-family, condo or subsidized housing, most retirement communities offer recreation centers and other amenities to residents.

Continuing care retirement communities

Another option you may want to consider is a senior community comprised of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing apartments. You can start out in the independent living quarters with the option to move into the assisted living side if you require more help with daily needs as you age. Most of these communities feature a dining hall for you to eat in, although the independent living apartments usually contain individual kitchens as well. These residences also offer many different programs and social groups that you can join to make new friends and continue enjoying life.

Getting older does not mean that you need to have someone monitoring your every move. You can still live independently, surrounded by other seniors and enjoyable activities. Independent living communities offer a great way to make new friends while staying active and feeling secure both now and in the future.