Retirement communities offer wide spectrum of services

Older adults who are looking to get the most out of their golden years may want to consider moving to a retirement community, if only for an improved social life.

"There's the lonely factor. We take that away. These have become small communities, safe and secure," William Day, president of St. Barnabas Health System, told Pennsylvania Caregiver Magazine.

The advantage to these continuing care facilities is that a senior can remain in the same area as their needs change with age.

Retirement communities offer wide spectrum of services Many communities offer everything from independent living facilities to skilled nursing care.

From a luxurious villa to a one-bedroom apartment, senior living options can also accommodate older adults who have saved their entire lives for retirement or those who are simply looking for a modest home where they can meet new friends.

Generally, retirement communities have a central area for dining, shopping, beauty and banking services, in addition to exercise and entertainment buildings.

One option that is gaining in popularity is to live on college campuses. Here, retirees can use university resources, attend classes and even go to sports games to root for the home team, according to The New York Times.

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