Active Adult Retirement Living: What It Is & Why It Could Be Right for You

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When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



Merriam Webster defines retirement as a “withdrawal from active working life.” But notice how it doesn’t say anything about slowing down in other aspects of your life? That’s because retirement is meant to give you the freedom to stay active so you can now enjoy doing what you truly love to do! And it’s not just freedom from your 9 to 5 job – you deserve to be free of home responsibilities too. Active adult retirement living can help you do just that. Here’s how.

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What is Active Adult Retirement Living?

Quite simply, active adult retirement living is a lifestyle for those who are ready to say goodbye to their honey-do list and instead spend their time enjoying favorite interests, hobbies and passions while also exploring new opportunities. We consider our active adult retirement communities the home base for all those adventures. They are purpose-built for ease of living and offer a range of options to learn, grow and have fun as well as just the right blend of privacy and community. Plus, our communities are age-defined, which means all residents must be 55 and older.

Benefits of Active Adult Retirement Living

Now that you know what it is, these benefits can help you decide if active adult retirement living is right for you.

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle filled with amenities – Never change a light bulb again or do yard chores or clean the house because services such as housekeeping, maintenance, meals, life engagement, and transportation are included in your monthly rent with us. As are amenities like dining venues that include a bistro, pub and restaurant, concierge services, pool, library, dog park, and walking trails on beautiful grounds.
  • Your choice of housing options – From suites or villas to a number of bedrooms to whether you’d like an attached garage, you can choose the options and layout that fits you best. In our communities, you can’t go wrong with upscale finishes, premium flooring, high ceilings, ample storage, and large windows to let in plenty of light.
  • A focus on wellbeing – Make sure you stay energized and active with health and wellbeing services, state-of-the-art fitness centers, yoga and tai chi classes, and even onsite spa and salon experiences. Not to mention our communities also feature a delicious, yet well-balanced diet with chef-created meals that use fresh, locally-grown ingredients.
  • It’s easier to stay connected and fulfilled – You’ll enjoy an ever-changing monthly calendar filled with social activities, outings, classes, and clubs as well as opportunities to serve, teach or share your experiences with others. Plus, we offer formal services, meditation, and time in nature to keep you connected to your spiritual side as well.
  • More convenience – Active adult retirement communities are specifically located in the center of it all, with easy access to the services you use every day, the shopping, recreation, and entertainment you want and perhaps even to your family and friends. Our active adult retirement communities are located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, so you’re sure to find a location near you. What’s more, each location has a unique identity that fits the personality of the city or town in which they are located!

Check out our Active Adult Decision Guide to learn more. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!


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