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Too Young for Senior Living: Debunking Senior Living Myths

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For decades there’s been a stigma around “senior living” communities. Especially for middle- aged adults 65 or older who don’t see themselves as a “senior.” But once the kids move out or your career affords you a lot of vacation days, why be tied down to maintaining your house? Why not add to your freedom? That’s why many people are asking, “How old do you have to be for senior living?”

This blog post will discuss six common myths and the reality of moving to a senior living community like Essex Meadows for those 65 years old and older. Once you know the truth, you’ll understand why it’s such an appealing option for younger residents.

Busting Six Senior Living Myths

Myth #1: I’m too young to move to a senior living community.

Reality: There’s a common belief that there’s a “right age” to move to a senior living community. But the best option is to move while you’re active and ready for more independence. Why be bogged down with home maintenance, lawn care, cooking, housekeeping, and all your other household chores? A maintenance-free lifestyle gives you the freedom to do more of what you love to do.

Myth #2: I shouldn’t move until I need help taking care of myself.

Reality: If you wait until an illness or health crisis occurs, you or your family may be forced to pick a community based on what’s available, not where you want to live. Plus, many communities that offer independent living also have higher levels of care — assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab — that you can take advantage of without the worry of having to move again.

Myth #3: Senior living is expensive.

Reality: The cost of senior living depends on the size of the residence you choose and the number of people who live in it. Even if you’ve paid off your mortgage, homeownership can still be costly. Consider insurance, taxes, upkeep and repairs, utilities, gym memberships, dining, activities and emergency expenses. At a senior living community with lifecare — like Essex Meadows — everything is included in one rate, including entertainment, social events, a meal plan, housekeeping services and, if ever needed, higher levels of care.

Myth #4: I’ll have to be on someone else’s schedule.

Reality: Most communities offer outings, activities, socializing, fitness, art classes and flexible dining options. Participation is up to you. If you want to spend your retirement traveling, you can explore the world, knowing your residence will be looked after while you’re away.

Myth #5: I’ll have to give up my hobbies.

Reality: Without the time-consuming tasks of home upkeep, you’ll have more time to spend on your passion projects. You could also find other residents who share the same interests you do and start a club. Plus, you’ll have the chance to try new things and discover new hobbies.

At Essex Meadows, we feature fitness classes, an indoor saltwater pool, hiking trails, an art room, education classes and so much more.

Myth #6: Food at senior living communities is boring and bland.

Reality: Taste is important for seniors, but nutrition is key. Senior living communities offer an ever-changing menu of nutritional meals to give you options that fit your lifestyle and dietary needs. Plus, meals are good times to socialize. Essex Meadows offers a main dining room, pub, sunroom, takeout service and private dining room, so there are lots of opportunities to socialize with neighbors and friends.

Discover the Reality of Senior Living

`With no more home maintenance, cooking and cleaning, Essex Meadows offers fewer responsibilities and more possibilities. Now you’re free to explore a whole world of social opportunities, classes, and clubs right outside your door. To learn more about everything our community has to offer, contact us here. We think the answers you find to the question of how old do you need to be for senior living may surprise you.