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Retirement Communities Offer Top-Notch Social Opportunities

On 26, Oct 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Research has found that socialization is essential for healthy aging, and many mature adults are taking this principle to heart. Travel among retired adults has increased by 70% since 2004, and people are looking for ways to maximize their lifestyle during their golden years.

Are you looking for a way to boost social interactions and find common friends to share hobbies and weekly activities? Retirement communities are a great option for people who want to maintain social interaction and an active lifestyle.

The Evolution of Retirement Communities

Some people hesitate when they hear the term “retirement community,” because they think of white walls and boring Bingo games. But, the industry has drastically changed in recent years. Retirement communities are now focused on mature adults who are looking to maintain a fun, active schedule. These communities offer the friendship and support that many people are looking for at this time in their lives.

These age-restricted communities often have a minimum age of 55 years old for the residents. The neighborhood creates an environment where mature adults can maintain independence and enjoy amazing benefits provided with their housing.

Engaging Retirement Community Activities

What activities are available in these housing developments? The possibilities are endless, and many communities are looking for ways to improve their amenities. These are some of the common benefits that are offered:

  • Walking Trails
  • Swimming Pools
  • Golf Course
  • Clubhouse
  • Social Events
  • Computer Labs
  • Hobby Centers
  • Tennis Courts
  • Other Recreational Spaces

When you choose the right community, access to these features is included in the homeowner’s association fees. By living in the neighborhood, you can enjoy these fun activities every day of the week. These activities offer great opportunities to connect with other mature adults in the area.

Are you interested in learning more about “rightsizing” your home by moving into an active lifestyle retirement community? It is essential that you work with a real estate team that understands your individual needs. Here at Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we offer real estate services for mature adults. Contact us to find out more about the unique services that are available for you: (844) 782-9674

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Retirement Community or Staying in Place

On 09, Jun 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Today, there are as many varied and unique retirement communities as there are coffee concoctions at Starbucks™. What is your preconceived vision of today’s retirement community? Do you picture yourself on a cruise ship in dry dock where your responsibilities are to have fun, socialize, meet new people, eat regularly and healthy, play games….all sorts? Is a retirement community the right choice for you? Certainly, the vast majority of people wish to stay in their home. The home is where the heart is and carries with the lifetime of memories.

Not your Parent’s/Grandparent’s Nursing Home

Today, the newer senior communities are designed to maximize the quality of life experiences. Go kick their tires….  When you buy a new car, you go test drive maybe 3 to 4 to 6 or more different models. When you buy the watermelon at the grocery store, you tap on several of them before placing it in the shopping cart. Do the same with a senior community. Take each community for a test drive by eating their food, meeting their staff, and talking to the residents.

The One Year Renewable Plan

Every year, you start with the one year renewable plan. For the next 365 days while you stay in your home, you have the following priorities. 1. Safety and security in your own home.  You will make home modifications to prevent falls, minimize accidents, ensure healthy living style, and secure your safety. 2. You will visit a senior community once a quarter for that test drive.  3. Once a week, you will utilize services for transportation other than you driving yourself. Take a look at .  If and when the time may come that moving to a senior community is the right thing to do, you will be fully prepared  to make a great choice.

At Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we are here to help with the transition to a retirement community.  It can be a big change to sell a home and move into a community. Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible.  Our team of professionals is experienced with real estate services for aging adults.  We can help with the process of selling your home , that includes the distribution of personal belongings, so that you are ready to move to that next phase of your life.

For more information about high-quality real estate services for aging adults, we invite you to contact our team.  We are here to answer your questions and help with anything you need: (844)782-9674.

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Tips for Helping an Aging Adult Making the Move to a Retirement Community

On 05, May 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

When your loved one is thinking about moving from their family home of 30, 40, 50+ years, it is the rawest of deep emotions that greatly impact the entire family all the way down to the great grandchildren.  If a move is going to happen, it must be handled with respect, care, and planning.  It is critical that the entire family is engaged in the best interest of their loved one(s).

Making a Retirement Community Feel like Home

Change is hard and moving is difficult at any age. The new environment and lack of familiarity is only two of the aspects that make the move to a senior community filled with anxiety.  The senior should spend time at the community prior to making the commitment to move. Treat the community like a vacation and resort – eat their food, do pop-bys; mingle with staff and residents; get the right feeling.

Consider the things that can be moved to their new location to create a feeling of home. For example, it might be helpful to bring their favorite armchair and their book collection, or any other items that have an emotional attachment.  The best way to make this happen is to contact a certified senior move manager through their national web site at – the national association of senior move mangers.

Encourage Socialization

Socializing is one of the most important activities that can happen within the first few months, because it is important for the individual to feel like they are a part of the community. Socialization gives them the opportunity to make friends and get to know other residents, so that they feel a sense of belonging. It is important to talk to the staff about their activity programs that will encourage socialization and camaraderie.

Working as a Team

The best way to make this transition a successful one is to work as a team with other family members and caregivers. Involve the retirement community staff, the individual’s doctor, their financial planner, estate planning attorney and any other service providers that might need to help with the details.

By having the support of family members and professionals, it is possible to make the transition seamless for everyone involved. If you see the need to involve another professional for support, then right now is a great time to add another person to the team.

At Greenwald & Gerke realtors, we can help with the transition to a retirement community. We offer real estate services for aging adults, making it easy to sell their existing home and coordinate any other real estate tasks that might be needed. We will gladly assist with the process of selling the home so that the aging adult can move into a retirement community. For more information about these services and how we can work together, we invite you to contact us today: (844) 782-9674

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