Submitted by: Mary Trescolada

There is a suborn belief amongst the elderly or those about to retire that dignity is found by avoiding retirement and all of its trappings for as long as possible. Stay in your home thats difficult to maintain, keep working the job thats no longer fulfilling or financially necessary, and continue saving for a future where you will likely be too sick to actually reap the benefits of your diligent retirement planning. Doesnt all of that sound kind of stupid? Its the old way. One thats been mercifully replaced with the advent of active adult living in retirement.

Active adult living involves rethinking retirement. Retiring is not something you do when you are no longer capable of doing anything else, but a reward for doing some much of everything else for so long. Previous generations have viewed retirement as a nuisance or like the warm up to dying. Thankfully now, healthy seniors are choosing to leave the workforce and spend the final part of their lives pursuing their dreams. They feel entitled to happiness and are healthy enough to achieve it in their advanced age. These people are looking for communities to facilitate a more relaxed lifestyle, to acknowledge their retirement and desire to live for themselves for once, and to provide care in a non-medical sense. These active seniors are generally seeking hospitality over a hospital. They need someone to recommend a new restaurant, help refine their palates technique, or finally teach them how to edit videos; not change a bed pan, monitor their heartrate, or simply keep them occupied.


In this way new active adult living communities in Toronto and elsewhere are more like hotels than traditional retirement homes. Geriatric professionals are becoming the new concierges, arranging stimulating and above all physically active things for their guests to do each day. The focus moves from medical care to self-actualization or more bluntly from preventing death to enjoying life.

Todays seniors, as young as 55, are changing what retirement means. Active adult living communities are making retirement something to look forward to again. Seniors in Toronto and throughout the world are looking at places like Trinity Ravine Towers and changing their retirement goals in order to spend a few years living an active lifestyle away from work before they may need to move somewhere with more medical care.

Nobody is saying these active adult living retirement communities will ever replace nursing homes. What they do is make it so that people who are ready to leave work, have the opportunity to live with likeminded people in an environment conducive to their relatively unique situation. A section of the population too old for work and too young for hospice care is very new. Active adult communities have filled an obvious need by giving seniors in this position a place to live a fulfilling life, without wasting their money maintaining homes they no longer need or their times at jobs they have also out grown. In the process they create plenty of jobs for young people in the community, stimulate local entertainment based businesses, and can reduce unnecessary stress on nursing home facilities.

If youre thinking about retirement, why not consider actually enjoying part of it by moving into an active adult community while you have the chance.

About the Author: Mary Trescolada is a geriatric, elder care, and retirement professional


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