What Is the Best Age To Move to Independent Living?

Mar 5, 2024 | Blog | 0 comments

When you’re planning to retire, or you’ve already started your retirement, you will likely begin to think about where you would like to live. You may see a future in independent living at a senior living community, but what exactly is independent living, and when might be the best age to move to independent living?

“Many older adults wonder what age they should move into an independent living community,” says Marie Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing at WhiteStone, a senior living community in Greensboro, NC. “There isn’t a magic number that signals it’s time to move. If you’re approaching retirement or you have already retired, the age you’re at now is the perfect age to move into an independent living community.”

Let’s delve into this topic, exploring not only the concept of independent living but also the advantages of transitioning sooner rather than later.

What Is Independent Living?

Independent living is a residential lifestyle designed for older adults who are active and don’t need assistance with care, but seek a maintenance-free lifestyle with a variety of amenities in a community setting.

Residents typically reside in private apartments or cottages within a senior living community, enjoying amenities like housekeeping, meal services, transportation, and various social and recreational activities. They decide how to fill their daily schedule–whether it’s going to club meetings, fitness classes, social events, or meeting with friends for a meal.

When considering the advantages of independent living, it becomes evident that this lifestyle offers a multitude of benefits that contribute to a fulfilling and enriching experience.

Maintenance-Free Living

One of the primary draws of independent living communities is the liberation from the burdensome responsibilities of homeownership.

Say goodbye to the endless cycle of chores and home maintenance tasks like mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and tackling household repairs.

Instead, they relish in the luxury of maintenance-free living, allowing them to reclaim valuable time and energy to devote to pursuits they genuinely enjoy.

Whether it’s pursuing hobbies, spending time with loved ones or exploring new interests, the newfound freedom afforded by independent living opens doors to a more gratifying and leisurely lifestyle.

Access to On-Site Amenities

Furthermore, independent living communities boast a wealth of on-site amenities tailored to enhance residents’ overall well-being and quality of life.

From a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with exercise machines and group fitness classes to inviting dining venues offering delectable meals prepared by skilled chefs, these amenities cater to residents’ diverse interests and preferences.

Additionally, amenities such as a swimming pool, walking trails, and communal gathering spaces provide opportunities for socialization, relaxation, and recreation.

Engaging in physical activity, savoring delicious cuisine, and participating in group activities not only promote physical health but also foster a sense of camaraderie and belonging within the community.

Amenities That Reflect Engaging Lifestyle Choices

WhiteStone’s on-site amenities are designed to cater to the diverse interests of independent older adults. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an art lover, a bookworm, or someone who enjoys a relaxing spa day, WhiteStone has something special for you.

“The myriad of activities provided on a daily and weekly basis is fulfilling and entertaining,” said one resident. 

WhiteStone amenities include an indoor swimming pool and fitness center for wellness. Chair volleyball and swimming are top fitness favorites among residents at WhiteStone. 

“Activities and fitness options are often offered at convenient times during the day,” another resident added. 

Residents looking to express their creative side can take advantage of the art studio.

Those craving a quiet day may visit the library or schedule an appointment for pampering at the salon/spa. There’s also a billiards/game room for residents who want to spend time with others and have fun playing cards, like the game Hand, Knee, and Foot, completing puzzles, or just chatting.

One resident said, “I look forward to participating in many activities daily, touching base with friends, and meeting new friends. I also enjoy volunteering.”  

There are a number of ways for residents to actively participate in the community. Popular committees and clubs or groups include: 

  • Marketing Committee
  • Residential Service Committee 
  • Visiting Committee
  • Canasta Club
  • Wine down
  • Auxiliary Committee
  • Campus Care Alliance

The community goes beyond its campus, actively encouraging residents to participate in the wider community. From a chapel for spiritual reflection to dog parks for furry companions, WhiteStone offers a spectrum of experiences.

A Tapestry of Services Tailored for You

WhiteStone’s senior living services are as exceptional as its amenities. The community provides housekeeping tailored to individual preferences, indoor and outdoor maintenance, landscaping, and lawn care.

Scheduled shuttle services make exploring local attractions a breeze, while community-wide Wi-Fi, security, and a 24-hour emergency call system prioritize residents’ safety and connectivity.

Dining at WhiteStone is a delightful experience with multiple options, including the main dining room, Bistro, and takeout service. Across a number of residents, standout dishes include salmon, ribeye, fried chicken, and barbecue. Residents also noted that they love Sunday brunch and dinnertime because they offer great social opportunities. 

The community ensures that recreational, social, cultural and educational activities are woven into the fabric of everyday life.

Many residents look forward to coffee and conversation, a social opportunity to enjoy a casual chat over a cup of delicious coffee. 

Group of senior women talking and having coffee

When Can You Move?

The question of when to transition to independent living is deeply personal and depends on your individual circumstances. Life Plan Communities are often for older adults aged 62 and up, so as long as you meet the community’s age requirements, you can join the community and start enjoying the benefits.

Take a look at these several factors that indicate that now is the right time:

Health and Mobility

If managing household tasks or maintaining a property becomes physically challenging, independent living can offer a supportive environment with accessible amenities and assistance when needed.

Isolation and Loneliness

Seniors who find themselves increasingly isolated will benefit from the myriad social opportunities that an independent living community provides.

Desire for Convenience

As age advances, the appeal of hassle-free living often grows. Independent living provides a maintenance-free lifestyle, allowing residents to focus on activities they enjoy rather than household chores or home upkeep.

The Ideal Timing for Transition

An early entry into this stage of care offers numerous advantages. Moving while still in good health enables you to fully embrace the amenities and social opportunities independent living communities provide, where you can foster a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle from the outset.

Social Life: A Vital Component

One of the most significant advantages of transitioning to independent living is the opportunity to enrich your social life. Community living provides plenty of opportunities for residents to make new friends, combating the isolation that can often accompany aging.

“WhiteStone offers robust programming, where residents can easily form new friendships and always have something to look forward to,” said Marie.

Regularly interacting with peers through organized events, outings, and shared meals not only enhance your emotional well-being but also contribute to your cognitive health. Engaging in stimulating conversations and activities can help you remain mentally sharp and emotionally fulfilled.

Maintain Independence; Enhance Well-Being

Independent living is about preserving autonomy in a supportive environment. Residents have the freedom to structure their days according to their preferences while accessing assistance and services as needed.

From transportation services for errands and appointments to on-site wellness programs, independent living communities are designed to promote your well-being.

Increase Longevity With a Continuum of Care

One compelling aspect of transitioning to independent living is the availability of a continuum of care. Many senior living communities offer various levels of care, including assisted living and memory care, allowing residents to seamlessly transition as their needs evolve.

This continuity ensures peace of mind, knowing that support and assistance are readily available without the upheaval of relocating to a new environment.

Seniors enjoying activities in the game room.

Embrace the Benefits of Independent Living at WhiteStone

If you’ve been considering when to make the move to independent living, we’re here to help. At WhiteStone, our Life Plan Community offers a vibrant lifestyle enriched by social connections, convenience, and opportunities for personal growth.

Contact us today at 336-459-0904 to set up a visit and speak with one of our senior living advisors about the lifestyle in our community. It’s time to embrace the benefits of independent living and start living your best life at WhiteStone.

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