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4 Myths About Active Adult Communities

The decision to downsize is a big one. If you are retired, newly retired or entering retirement soon, you may be considering the move from your family home to an active adult community. There are many advantages to moving to a 55+ residential community like The Reserve of Geneva.

As you sort through your options for new places to call home, it is important to understand the difference between active adult communities and independent living. We’ve dispelled four common myths about active adult living below and a look at the many benefits of residing at The Reserve of Geneva for your next chapter in life.

Myth #1: Active adult communities are synonymous with independent living.

While both independent living and active adult living are great options for older adults who want to relieve themselves of homeownership and house maintenance responsibilities, the two communities distinguish themselves in the level of care they provide residents.

Independent living communities are ideal for older adult who can still live on their own but like having access to assistance when needed. While independent living residents are usually self-sufficient and active, they enjoy the convenience of help with daily chores, medical needs and more taxing home maintenance tasks.

An active adult community, on the other hand, is designed to promote your independence and living enjoyment. It’s a great option for those 55 and older who are ready to sell their house and enjoy convenient, care-free living that supports their active, independent lifestyle.

At The Reserve, we cater to healthy, older adults who are eager to take advantage of resort-style amenities, like a fully-equipped fitness center, exceptional dining programs and an endless list of activities and social events ranging from art classes and gentle yoga to group outings in downtown Geneva. Our flexible, month-to-month rental living combined with a worry-free lifestyle gives residents the freedom to enjoy doing the things that matter most to them—on their terms!

Myth #2 Active adult communities are only for retired adults.

Many of our residents are retired, but you can still enjoy the benefits of an active adult community while working a full-time or part-time job. Residents at The Reserve are at least 55 years old, but what they do with their time is entirely up to them! Whether you work full-time, only a few hours a week or not at all, The Reserve is set up so that you can enjoy life on your terms without the burden of homeownership.

Myth #3 You lose your independence.

Active adult communities like The Reserve of Geneva are designed to give residents more independence, not take it away. In fact, one of the advantages of choosing a 55+ community is that you get to enjoy all the freedoms of living in a beautiful home with the added benefit of being able to lock-and-leave whenever you want—we take care of all the home maintenance and outside work for you!

The Reserve provides care-free living so residents never have to shovel snow, rake leaves or mow the lawn. Spend time doing what you want on campus and around Geneva, or take a trip whenever you want knowing we will take care of everything while you’re away.

Myth #4 There is nothing to do.

There is never a shortage of things to do at The Reserve. We cater to active adults by offering a variety of resort-style amenities, vibrant activities and a full calendar of events that fit your passions and preferences for how you like to spend your days. Residents have access to a variety of things to do on campus and around Geneva, including:

  • A fully equipped fitness center
  • Exceptional meal programs and a private dining room
  • Game and billiards room
  • Theater room
  • Craft room
  • Salon
  • Bistro
  • Library
  • Easy access to nearby parks, recreation, shopping, dining and medical services in Geneva
  • And more!

Are you contemplating a move from your family home? An active-adult community could be the perfect option for you. If you’re ready to spend your days learning new things, staying active, connecting with friends and pursuing your passions, contact The Reserve of Geneva. We’d love to give you a tour of our community and get to know you.

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