Why Life Plan Communities Are The Perfect Fit For Solo Agers
70% of older adults 65 and better will likely need long-term care. While most older adults rely on younger family members to provide some level of assistance or care, the U.S. Census Bureau found 19.6% of Americans between 55 and 64 reported being childless, along with 15.9% of those 65 – 74 and 10.9% of those over 75. In addition, 27% of adults 60 and older lived alone, as do about half of women over 65.
That’s why for thousands of solo agers (those without children or a spouse), having a plan is vital. Today, single seniors are considering the benefits of independent living communities like Freedom Village of Bradenton.
Make a Smart Plan For Tomorrow
“The best time to start was last year. The second-best time to start is right now.” – Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur
Appoint a power of attorney.
If you suddenly have a medical crisis or memory loss who will look after your needs? Naming a medical power of attorney and financial power of attorney (POA) ensures you have someone who can act in your interests and make important decisions.
Consider long-term care insurance.
An important part of solo aging is long-term care insurance (LTCI) because it can help you cover the costs of some types of health care not covered by Medicare. Like life insurance, the younger you are when you purchase LTCI, the less it will cost. Consult with a financial planner to figure out if LTCI is the best choice for you.
Build up your social connections.
If you’re aging alone, consider how you can develop a social network that can not only support you but make it easier to get connected, develop a new hobby or interest and stay active.
How Do You Want To Age?
If you’re healthy and active today, it can be hard to worry about the future, but if you reframe your thoughts about the future as, “What do you want your life to look like?” it may be easier to plan. To help you get started, here are some questions to consider:
- Where do you want to live? Is being in a walkable area more important, or do you want access to mass transportation?
- What sort of services and amenities do you prefer? Is being close to the arts and entertainment important? Do you like shopping and dining out? Do you want to be close to the water?
- What kind of climate do you prefer?
- Do you want to find a place where you can age in place or have care nearby?
Reasons To Move To a Retirement Community Like Freedom Village
Moving to a senior living community can provide those aging alone with a range of benefits that they might not be able to get living at home. Some reasons to consider Freedom Village include:
- Social opportunities: Our monthly calendar is filled with social activities, classes, outings, educational lectures, trips and more, so you can do as much or as little as you want. We also have a welcoming committee to help you meet people.
- Maintenance-free lifestyle: Household chores, maintenance, lawn care, housekeeping and even cooking can be time-consuming. Moving to a Life Plan Community like Freedom Village can give you more time to follow your interests.
- Higher levels of care available on-site: Should you ever need care, we offer access to higher levels of care, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation right on-site.
The Benefits of Choosing Freedom Village
As a Life Care Community, Freedom Village is ideal for solo aging. We also feature a variety of helpful services and thoughtful amenities including:
- 34 sprawling acres with courtyards, gardens, walking and bike paths
- Six dining venues, including a formal dining room, café/bistro and pub/sports bar
- Fully equipped fitness center offering fitness classes and wellness programs
- Heated indoor pool
- Arts and Crafts studio
- Woodworking shop
- Billiards and game room
- Full-service salon and barbershop
- Fireside living room and other inviting gathering spaces
- Health clinic and wellness center
- Guest suites
- Housekeeping and flat linen services
- Lawn care and grounds maintenance
- Lifelong learning, discussions, classes and outings
- Frequent shows and concerts on campus
- Regularly scheduled transportation
- Personal concierge services
- 24/7 security
- In-home emergency response system
- Pet-friendly senior living
Your Friends Are Waiting at Freedom Village
Being part of an engaging and friendly community that also offers the peace of mind of on-site care, can make solo aging a time of growth and opportunity. To learn more about Freedom Village of Bradenton, use our Community Assistant chat feature or contact us here.