Retirement communities creating active lifestyle

With an increasing number of older people maintaining their physical and mental health, it may be no surprise that some retirement communities are more active than they once were.

Rich Schultz and his wife Diane moved into a retirement community last may for people 55 and older, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Retirement communities creating active lifestyle And now, all their friends are jealous.

"It's a misnomer that we're a bunch of old people having a hard time moving around," Schultz told the news provider. "There's a lot of activity here, a lot of camaraderie and 40 percent to 50 percent of the residents are still working."

The Schultz', who moved into a Ranch-style home for convenience, may be part of a rising trend due to the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age.

Housing analyst Steve Hovany told the Tribune retirement communities are evolving to cater to more people like the Schultz'.

"Active adult housing is getting away from the one-size-fits-all mode," Hovany said. "Builders are targeting many different segments of the market - from downtown condos and townhouses to suburban retirement communities."

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