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important, maintaining a comfortable level of independence is also critical for happiness and life satisfaction,
including allowing residents to make their own schedule,
attend events, and visit places of interest away from their
community as they see fit.
Cognitive, physical, and social well-being are the core focus of a good
individualized care plan. At the best luxury retirement
communities, residents can expect around-the-clock
medical staff on-site, dietitians working closely with
chefs, and mental health professionals providing care
and planning activities.
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Today’s retirement communities feature
security systems and thorough closed-circuit video camera monitoring. WiFi service throughout all buildings is
another amenity provided by more and more retirement
T E C H NO LO G Y
I N T E R G E N E R AT I O NA L AC T I V I T I E S Bringing together the wisest and youngest members of neighborhoods
which provide a wide variety of benefits to retirees.
A VA R I E T Y O F AC T I V I T I E S Most retiring boomers are
looking for gardening clubs, civic organizations, fitness
classes, movie groups and day trips into the city.
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In reflecting on this list, senior Georgians have many
options. Among them is a fine example: Holbrook Communities, with sales offices in Acworth, Decatur and
Woodstock, which reflects the vision of Chairman and
CEO Al Holbrook. “As a former hospital administrator, I
realized very quickly that the service level in a hospital is
extremely poor,” Holbrook told this writer. So he embarked
on a journey of building communities that he says offer
hope. “I wanted to create amazing buildings with meaningful opportunities for people to stay engaged in their
communities and create a whole new level of well-being.”
One of those communities is the new Holbrook
Woodstock which offers active adult living, assisted
living and memory care which consists of spacious
luxurious residences. With proximity to nearby shops
and restaurants, residents have plenty of options to suit
their personal lifestyles.
After55.com acknowledges that resort-style retirement living comes with a price. While these communities may not be in everyone’s price range, by some
estimates up to 12 percent of the senior population can
afford to live in a luxury retirement community. And if
you do live in one of these communities, After55.com
says you can expect your neighbors to include former
doctors, lawyers and executives. Many of these people
may be empty nesters who can tap their home equity to
afford the higher costs.
Luxury retirement communities come in lots of shapes
and sizes. They can be age-restricted (55+ or 62+), and
they might include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, apartments, and more. Luxury communities
also can include a range of senior-housing options: active-adult apartments, independent living, assisted living
and memory care. Many are continuing care retirement
communities which provide tiers of service as needed,
from independent living to skilled nursing. This allows
you to move into a community and stay there if you need
care as you age.
According to after55.com, “luxury retirement communities offer the feel of living in a resort. Every day will
be a vacation day.” While each community has its unique
features, amenities and services, high-end retirement
communities often include restaurants and casual cafes
for anytime dining as well as salons and spas, grocery
shopping and delivery, housekeeping and transportation
services. Larger communities might include tennis courts,
golf courses, and walking trails.
The cost of living in a luxury retirement community can be out of range for some retirees. Others want
to avoid moving and would prefer to stay in their own
homes. There is an option for those retirees as well—
“We’re here to fill the gap and help retirees live safely and happily in their own homes,” said Brian Hutto,
of SageHome. “We want to give them an option. It is all
about proper planning and making sure they can live in
their homes and still be safe and happy. We have made it
our mission to bring healthcare and home services together to deliver high-quality home modification products and
services to the client. We provide customized plans from
start to finish.” This can include a plan for technology
upgrades so today’s retirees can stay connected to their
family and friends.
Hutto said many retirees feel forced to move from
their home for health and safety reasons. But he goes on
to say that’s not the case. Hutto and his team bring over
70 years of healthcare and home services experience.
They employ their own occupational therapists who
access the homes and the needs of each individual and
develop a customized plan. “Our goal is to provide each
individual with a safe and comfortable option for their
retirement.” said Hutto.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 changed the
senior living mold. Not only 2021 but the next several
years will be shaped by efforts to create the next iteration of senior living.
In this context, Georgia’s Department of Human
Services and its Division of Aging Services works with
national partners to plan for the present and future needs
of retired seniors. Transportation, for example, is one such
priority. No matter where you live, present and future
state transit plans have to be diverse, ranging from rideshare programs that use Uber and Lyft to volunteer driver
programs. This especially assists seniors who want and
need to stay engaged.
As Becky Kurtz, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s
aging and health resources manager, aptly points out: “If
you’re not aging, you’re not living. Longevity is a good
thing, and we should be celebrating it.”
Cindy Morley is a staff writer for InsiderAdvantage Georgia and
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