+ senior living
Long gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and
with it, the idea that one’s golden years were to be spent simply
sitting quietly on the front porch in a rocking chair as they watch
life. To begin with, forget about that rocking chair – how does a
morning spent working out in the gym or pedaling along the hike
and bike trail sound?
As for the front porch, seniors in Dallas find that they have a wide
variety of housing options that accommodate their budget, while
enjoying their lifestyle in a community that encourages the development and pursuit of their personal interests, goals and activities.
While aging is inevitable, medical advances and healthy lifestyle choices
help increase the number of years a person may live, as well as improve
that person’s lifestyle. The result is that the demographics of seniors in
Dallas have undergone some significant changes: the term “senior” may
describe an active person in his/her late 50’s, or someone in his/her early
80’s. Baby Boomers now entering the senior arena are faced with the
responsibility of preparing not only for their own retirement, but with
making retirement and housing plans for their elderly parents as well.
Fortunately, Dallas offers a wide array of options to accommodate
the different requirements and lifestyles of its seniors. From upscale
retirement communities offering residents a choice of social, cultural,
travel and sporting opportunities to active seniors, to full-care facilities specializing in caring for the elderly with mental and physical
disabilities. There is a senior citizen living solution to fit every need.
TAKING STOCK OF YOURSELF
When making retirement housing plans, there’s no denying that the
number and diversity of choices available might make the process
feel overwhelming. Begin by taking a personal inventory that
takes into account personal living expenses, health, interests and
Budget Inventory: Make a list of monthly expenses, from rental or
housing fees to day-to-day living expenses such as dry cleaning and
energy bills to current or anticipated medical expenses. The point
is to be realistic about everyday expenses now, so there are no rude
Lifestyle Inventory: Active golf enthusiasts, for example, might want
close proximity to a golf course. Those who want to use this time for
community involvement might want to live close to schools, churches
or community centers, while others who want to continue developing
and pursuing an active lifestyle might want easy access to hike and
bike trails, fitness centers, etc. Again, being realistic on the front end
helps determine smart choices that will benefit later.