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What to look for in an Active-Adult Living Community

Are you nearing retirement? If so, an active-adult community might be a good option for you as you explore new home options. Active-adult communities are designed for middle-aged adults 55 and older who want to live their active, independent lifestyle while enjoying access to resort-style amenities, community programs and maintenance-free living.

Here’s what to look for when you’re choosing an active-adult community for your next chapter in life.


As you consider a new community to call home, you should first and foremost think about where you want to move. Consider the location of the community and how the surrounding area would serve your needs and interests. Is there easy access to good doctors and hospitals? Is the neighborhood walkable? Are there nearby grocery stores, shopping, restaurants and entertainment? Maybe proximity to friends and family is important to you.

The Reserve is nestled in the heart of Geneva, IL—a vibrant, historical city located just 50 miles from Chicago. Here, residents have easy access to quality healthcare, recreational attractions and much more. Love the outdoors? Enjoy Geneva’s scenic trails and parks, including the Fox River Trail and The Fabyan Forest Preserve. Even more, with our dedicated onsite parking and our community bus and car transportation services, residents can travel freely to appointments and activities.

Engaging Events and Enriching Programs

One of the many perks of moving to a 55+ community is that you are also choosing a vibrant lifestyle. Residents at The Reserve enjoy a full calendar of activities and events, including book clubs, fitness classes, community outings and more. There’s something for everyone at The Reserve.

Some of our residents’ favorite activities and events include:

  • Lunch outings in Geneva
  • Popcorn and a movie in our media room
  • Dinner and theater trips
  • Lunch and shopping outings
  • Health and Wellness guest speakers
  • Craft classes and lessons
  • The Botanical Gardens and Arboretum Trips
  • Bridge, poker, bunco, and more
  • Volunteering opportunities

A Care-free Lifestyle

When you downsize to an active-adult living community, like The Reserve, you get to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle without the burdens of homeownership. Let us take care of the snow shoveling, housekeeping, lawn mowing and home repairs while you spend time with the grandkids, pursue a new hobby or take the vacations! The Reserve’s lock-and-leave lifestyle gives you more time to live life on your terms and engage in the activities most important to you.

Amenities and Services

As you explore different active-adult campuses, pay attention to the services and amenities offered by the community. At The Reserve of Geneva, residents have access to a variety of opportunities, services and amenities designed to simplify and enrich their lives.

These include:

  • Schedule transportation services
  • Optional weeknight dining program
  • Grounds and building maintenance
  • WIFI in select community spaces
  • Social activities and programs
  • Professionally managed community
  • Controlled entry access

A Sense of Community

Residing in a 55+ community means getting to know people in your same season of life. As you tour communities, talk to current residents and staff members. Does there seem to be a strong sense of community among neighbors? Does the community provide opportunities to socialize and spend time with other residents? At The Reserve, we encourage residents to develop new and meaningful relationships with neighbors through a variety of social events and scheduled activities.

Next Steps!

Active-adult communities are designed to enhance and enrich the lives of adults 55 and older who are ready to embrace an exciting chapter of life. The best way to find the right community for you is to schedule a tour and visit many campuses in your desired area.

We’d love to meet you and show around The Reserve of Geneva! To schedule a tour of our beautiful community, contact us today.

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