The Baby Boomer generation is getting older, but don’t you dare call them “old.” This barrier-breaking generation doesn’t let aging slow them down. Instead, they are embracing their golden years with aplomb and vigor and expecting more out of life than ever. So why, then, are they choosing to move into senior living communities, particularly Life Care Communities – when for so long, these types of establishments have been created for “old people?”
“Baby Boomers are reinventing the senior living landscape and what it means to be a senior, just like they reinvented society back in their youth,” says Lynda Marino, Marketing Director for Canterbury Woods Williamsville. “Today’s seniors are actively choosing to downsize and free themselves from the restraints and responsibility that comes from owning a home. When you look at it that way, it’s not surprising at all that so many of this generation are moving to Life Care Communities. They’re seeking out a new, vibrant, active and engaged lifestyle, and what better place to do that than a community that’s been built with their specific needs and demands in mind?”
Lynda says that Boomers who are choosing to move to Life Care Communities are often wealthier, better educated and more accustomed to a higher quality lifestyle than previous generations. “Decades ago, moving into senior living meant that you didn’t have the resources or the family members to care for you in your old age,” she says. “Today, moving into senior living means that you want the best out of life and are making a choice that will give you the lifestyle you desire.”
To accommodate this new generation of seniors, many Life Care Communities can feel more like resorts than a senior living space. Gourmet meals, personal trainers, on-site spas, visiting medical professionals, upscale amenities and more – they’re all de rigeur. And, of course, a maintenance-free lifestyle is a must.
“Baby Boomers are embracing this chapter of life to the fullest, and they’re ready to chase all the adventures they’ve been putting off due to family and career responsibilities,” says Lynda. “Life Care Communities provide all of these things, as well as the resources and care needed to age in place and help Boomers stay as healthy, active and independent as possible, no matter how their health needs may change in the future.”
Top Reasons Why Boomers Are Moving to Life Care Communities
August is Boomers Making a Difference Month, and in honor of that, we’ve pulled together some of the top reasons why today’s seniors are choosing Life Care more and more frequently for their senior living lifestyle.
Freedom from chores and home maintenance.
While living in your own personal home may seem the pinnacle of independence, it also can feel like shackles at times. Owning a home means real estate taxes, insurance, home repairs, chores and upkeep … as Baby Boomers get older, they’re taking a look at everything homeownership entails and are saying, “no thanks.” Moving to a Life Care Community provides seniors with a private living space (sometimes just as big as the home they’ve moved from) that they don’t have to lift a finger to care for. Repairs, maintenance and even housecleaning – it’s all taken care of by the community staff. Seniors don’t even have to cook meals ever again if they don’t want to and can instead eat gourmet, chef-prepared meals served tableside in luxurious dining rooms.
A spectacular social scene.
Baby Boomers are incredibly social individuals, seeking out like-minded individuals to spend their time with, whether that’s going out to eat, vacationing together or simply enjoying each other’s company. Life Care Communities are filled with other active, independent seniors who are looking for a lifestyle that allows them to do the things they want (and say goodbye to the things they no longer want to do). In other words, Life Care Communities are a perfect place for Boomers to create a “second family” of friends with whom they can enjoy this new chapter of life.
The ability to age in place.
We all know that as we get older our health needs will more than likely change. It’s entirely possible that you or another senior loved one will require health care services, maybe even significant health care services. A Life Care Community is designed to provide care, assistance and a high quality of life for seniors at every age, whether they’re active and independent or require skilled nursing or memory care. Boomers who move to a Life Care Community have a home for life, and that’s a pretty huge benefit for their current and future peace of mind.
A focus on health and wellness.
Staying healthy is the best way to age well, and a Life Care Community is designed to make that easy. “Aging well” means taking charge of your whole-person health – mind, body and soul. Boomers who live on their own may not have access to all the things necessary to help them care for their health. But Life Care Communities place a huge focus on health and well-being. That’s more than just providing a fitness center (although communities do have that). It also means providing social opportunities, educational opportunities, good health care and the chance to live a life that’s fulfilling and interesting. At a Life Care Community, you’ll find countless ways to keep your entire body as healthy as possible, which is the best way to age well. Always.
“Boomers are making seniorhood look more attractive than ever, and Canterbury Woods Williamsville – as the very first Life Care Community in western New York – is ready to help make their dreams a reality,” says Lynda. “We encourage every active, independent Boomer in the Buffalo area to visit us and see how our gracious living, first-class health care and the freedom to create your ideal lifestyle can help transform aging into the best stage of your life yet.”
Find Your Fulfillment
Canterbury Woods Williamsville is a Continuing Care Retirement Community like you’ve never seen. Canterbury Woods Williamsville is not only the perfect location for rest and relaxation, thanks to 62 tranquil acres, but there’s also easy access to Buffalo’s urban location. Offering the highest quality independent living lifestyle and security, you’ll be part of a welcoming community consisting of both friends and neighbors while experiencing gracious living, first-class health care and the freedom to create the lifestyle you desire.
Continuum of Care
As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Canterbury Woods Communities provide a comfortable environment and first-rate services to support every level of need. Assisted living apartments allow Williamsville residents to benefit from additional support while maintaining their independent lifestyle. If skilled nursing, rehabilitation or memory care is ever needed, residents can experience the support they require. They can also enjoy all this and more at our sister community in Buffalo.
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