Downsizing to an active-adult community


Special to the Recorder

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age, they are approaching retirement with a desire to be busy and healthy. The term “active adult” is a commonly used phrase in place of the words “seniors,” “senior citizens,” “older adults” and “elderly.” 

These active adults are the largest, wealthiest and fastest-growing segment in the population and they are searching for products, services and programs that are designed specifically for them. Essentially, these individuals are looking for a maintenance-free, activity-filled, and well-managed community where they can begin their transition into retirement.

Active-adult communities are one option that complements the lifestyles of empty nesters. These communities are a unique form of housing where individuals move in at the age of 55 or older to enjoy the perks of various amenities. The communities are typically adjacent to recreational facilities, golf courses, and often include tennis courts and swimming pools among other perks.

Unlike traditional family neighborhoods, active-adult communities are unique because they have social directors who plan an array of activity options for the homeowners. The goal is not only to achieve an active schedule, but also to help residents make lifelong friends with similar interests, hobbies and are in the same stage of life. Some of the benefits of active-adult communities include increased social involvement, exercise, education, reduced stress and a balanced lifestyle. 

Here in Northeast Florida, there are numerous active-adult communities available in a variety of price ranges. Homeowners considering downsizing to such a community may wish to consider working with a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), who can arrange tours of local communities. SRES agents have extensive knowledge of the variety of differences and similarities in these communities. And as new communities become available, an SRES agent can keep buyers up to date and help them navigate the process and find a community that suits their overall lifestyle.