buying your first home - what you should know

Reasons To Move Into Senior Apartments, Even If You Don't Need To

If you are over the age of 65 and looking for a place to live, you might be coming across various senior apartment complexes. Perhaps you think to yourself, "I don't need that quite yet." And that may very well be true. However, just because you don't need to live in a senior community yet does not mean you can't benefit from doing so. Here are some benefits of moving into such an apartment before it becomes necessary:

You won't have to move as many times.

Who likes moving? It's a real hassle having to pack all of your items in boxes, downsize, and find people to lug your furniture to your new space. The older you get, the harder it is to move, and the more you pay to do it — because you can't do as much on your own. If you move into a senior community now, you won't have to move again in five or ten years when you do need the amenities this community offers. That will save you headaches and money.

You'll have support if you get sick or injured.

You never know when you might fall on some ice and sprain your ankle, or come down with a case of pneumonia. When the worst happens, you'll appreciate that your home has resources in place to help you recover. You'll probably have grab bars in the bathroom to help you support yourself when you're injured, and the community may contract with a nursing service that can come give you medication until you're better.

You'll meet other people your age.

It gets harder to meet people once you're retired. You're not going to work parties or networking for your career anymore, and your kids are grown, so you're not meeting other parents. Moving into a senior community introduces you to many other people your age, so you won't feel as alone. Staying social as you age can keep you healthier and happier.

There will be less maintenance to do.

Even if you're capable of mowing the lawn and painting your siding, do you really want to do this? You could be traveling or spending time with your kids! When you move into a senior community, they either take care of these things for you, or they make it really easy and affordable for you to hire a landscaping and maintenance service to do it for you.

Moving into a senior community is not only for the elderly. You can thrive in these communities as a younger senior, too!