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What Is Life Like in a 55 Plus Community?

June 8, 2022
Happy Seniors Over 55 Communities in Aurora CO

Happy Seniors Over 55 Communities in Aurora CO

Over 55 communities in Colorado are residential areas dedicated to people who are over the age of 55, generally (but not always) active, and who are looking for a way to increase their opportunities for enjoyment in the years that come next. So what is life like in such a community?

Opportunities to keep activity levels high

Ageing is no reason to give up on activities that are enjoyable, but people might need some adjustments to help them enjoy their leisure time as they are get older. 55 plus communities usually have a very wide and varied range of activities available within a very short distance, right in the neighborhood, which makes access much easier. So one of the best benefits you can get with moving to a 55 plus community is the opportunity to stay engaged in enjoyable activities even more.

The Lifestyle Directors at these communities are sensitive to the fact that many people over age 55 avoid risk. One of the reasons why mature people are apt to learn less than young people is that they are willing to risk less. Learning is a risky business, and they do not like failure. But joining an active adult community fosters a culture that makes it okay to fail, where failure is part of the process and not the result. Adults 55 and older tend to confine themselves to the things they do well and to avoid the things in which they have failed or have never tried. Being surrounding by lots of neighbors and friends all trying something for the first time can liberate older adults from their self-imposed confinement by celebrating exploration. So to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure —all your life.

Meeting new people and making lasting friendships

Neighborhoods change over time.  For many, their old neighbors have moved away and new younger couples have moved in. They are typically chasing their careers, and just starting a family, so they do not have time for neighbors over 55. But at 55 plus communities, all the homeowners are in similar age groups, have common interests and shared experiences. This brings us to another perk of moving to one of the over 55 communities in Aurora CO: the opportunity to meet new people, to make new friends and to spend quality time with people who enjoy the same activities you do.