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Why a Retirement Community? — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for your comment. But it seems the image you have of a “retirement community” is a meadow where sick old people sit around on benches waiting to die. NOT TRUE! At my community we have about 60 different clubs so you can pursue any of your interests from cards to photography to line dancing to hiking. Even a group of motorcyclists. Plus a golf course. And two fitness centers that are quite full every morning. During holidays, there are plenty of younger people around as kids and grandkids come to visit. I have lived in both NYC and LA and understand the excitement and lure of interacting with people of all ages and interests. But sometimes, after a lifetime of work, you want to hang out with people who have lived through the same eras as yourself. So when you ask “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” you don’t get a blank stare in response.

  2. I FIND IT SAD THAT IN THE USA SOMEONE AT 55 would ever consider a retirement community!???! I am 50 and am very young looking and active just like when I was 40. WOW!! CRAZY. People who are 70 plus should not live with people at 55 exclusively. The ages are way far apart. Retirement age for these places should minimally be 65 plus!! Otherwise it makes you age very very quickly! Surrounded with old … you get old. Various ages always best at any age. Keeps you young!!

  3. Adult communities are a ripoff, and the politics within the HOA board eventually becomes out of control along with spending on pet-peeve projects. Another aspect is the never-ceasing oversight of residents’ lives such as dictating what colors they can repaint their homes, what kind of plants they can have in their yards, etc. The list of identity-stealing actions is almost endless, and most of it makes no sense because the bulk of homeowners never have a say in the outcome.
    If you want to hold onto a shred of your individuality, then do NOT move into an active adult community–they will break you in a variety of ways.
    Of course, if you’re someone who’s struggling with an ego problem, then by all means jump in there and immediately seek a position on the HOA board or a committee that wreaks havoc on other people’s lives.
    Do yourself a favor and skip these places when considering what kind of community you’d like to spend your leisure years because active adult communities are NOT the answer.

  4. My husband and I live in a “condo” (more like a townhouse)a small group of five condos. we have our own attached garage and a basement. We have a president, vice president and a secretary/treasurer. Pay condo fees and have a yearly meeting. The only “con” is: occupants of the other 4 condos are all widows, my husband is the only man. When they have maintenance problems they call him. He had to learn to say “No”. At the next meeting, would it be a good idea to put a clause in the “bylaws” for future occupants that if you cannot maintain your own property you either have a hire someone to do it or move?

  5. Well then, it would be better if you could plan before this time of your life comes. Thank you for this great overview of your new homeland. [Vendor comment.]

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