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What are some benefits of 55-plus housing?

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Communities designed for 55-plus residents have both physical and social benefits. These benefits come both from the fact that they are designed specifically for older people, and from the fact that they are specifically not designed for younger people.

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One of the major benefits of 55-plus communities is social in nature. These places emphasize the sense of community and shared purpose to be found, with residents all sharing similar levels of life experience. Additionally, 55-plus communities, as opposed to assisted living or nursing homes, are designed with active older people in mind, and often feature planned activities designed for the residents.

Communities for 55-plus residents also tend to feature amenities that are attractive to older people. These include accessible bathrooms, open floor plans, ample elevators and smaller spaces. They also often feature swimming pools, golf courses and other activity spaces designed entirely for adults.

Though grandchildren are usually allowed to visit, the number of children around at any given time tends to be low, giving a sense of peace and quiet to such a community. Further, they are often built near shopping centers, restaurants and other attractions, ensuring a shorter commute to necessities and fun. Finally, homeowners' associations in these properties are designed to have seniors' needs in mind, offering such services as landscaping and security designed to deliver peace of mind and easier living.

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