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Discover Your Timing: What’s the Best Age To Move Into Independent Living?

Considering a move to independent living? It’s an exciting time, filled with possibilities for an active, fulfilling future. But with so many options available, you might wonder – when is the right time to make the switch?

There’s no single “magic age” that qualifies you for independent living. It’s actually about your lifestyle and aspirations.

In this guide, we’ll explore the signs that independent living might be a perfect fit for you, along with the many benefits of joining a wait list, like Brandon Wilde’s Explorers Club. Let’s dive in and discover the vibrant world of independent living!

What Is the Best Age To Move to Independent Living?

Independent living communities offer a lifestyle for active seniors who want the freedom to focus on what matters most. While these communities are specifically designed for older adults, there’s no single best age to move into independent living. Here’s why:

  • Age is just a guideline: Most senior living communities have a minimum age, like 55+ or 62+, but those are starting points, not hard limits.
  • Independence is key: If you’re managing your daily life with ease and want to be surrounded by a vibrant group of peers, you could be a perfect candidate for independent living.
  • Thinking ahead: Some forward-thinking seniors love the security of planning ahead. They might claim their spot in an independent living community while they’re still super active, knowing it’s there for them in the future.
  • Made for movers and shakers: Think of independent living communities as activity hubs! Travel groups, sports teams, fascinating lectures … the possibilities are endless.

Takeaway: It’s about how you live today and the life you want for your future – age is just one small part of the equation.

7 Signs You’re Ready for Independent Living

Sometimes, life gives us a gentle nudge. Have you noticed any of these signs that it might be time to explore independent living?

1. You Have an Empty Nest

Your kids have flown off to create their own adventures, and suddenly that home you filled with laughter feels a bit too quiet. The rooms you rarely use and the yardwork you used to enjoy now feel like chores on a never-ending to-do list.

2. Your Neighborhood Has Changed – a Lot

The neighborhood you’ve known for years has changed. Maybe there’s new construction bringing noise and disruption, or you don’t feel as comfortable as you once did. An independent living community can bring back that sense of security and offer the chance to socialize with people in a similar stage of life.

3. You’re Adjusting to Life After Loss

Losing a spouse or partner is one of life’s most difficult transitions. It’s natural to feel lonely or isolated, especially if you live in a big house filled with memories. Independent living provides a supportive community, offering opportunities for new friendships and a fresh start.

4. You’re Ready for a Change of Pace

Do you ever find yourself wishing for a simpler schedule – one where the boring errands just kind of take care of themselves? Independent living offers maintenance-free residences, delicious dining, concierge services, housekeeping, and more, giving you more time to pursue your passions and enjoy retirement.

5. You Have the Travel Bug

If the open road calls your name, but you worry about leaving your home unattended, independent living offers peace of mind. Picture a lock-and-leave lifestyle where your focus is on the adventure, not what’s going on back home!

6. You’re Over the Winter Blues

Do seasonal extremes impact your mood and outdoor activities? Many communities exist in warmer climates or offer transportation so extreme weather doesn’t restrict your ability to get out and socialize.

7. You Want To Plan Ahead

Even if you’re completely healthy now, you might worry about what happens as you age. Life Plan Communities like Brandon Wilde offer independent living, plus personal care, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation within the same campus. This means you won’t need to move to receive the care you need to thrive throughout  retirement.

Take Independent Living for a Test Drive

Many independent living communities offer wait lists, and Brandon Wilde’s Explorers Club elevates this experience. Consider it a thoughtful way to explore the community and envision yourself as a resident – without the pressure of making an immediate decision about moving.

As a member of the Explorers Club, you’ll enjoy special privileges:

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty: Stroll through the meticulously landscaped 73-acre campus, picturing leisurely afternoons and vibrant social gatherings.

Experience the culinary delights: Enjoy a delicious meal with reservations  either on the veranda or in the formal dining room. It’s the perfect opportunity to strike up conversations with future neighbors!

Discover activities that inspire you: From fitness classes and wellness programs to concerts and lectures, you’re bound to find activities that pique your curiosity and add a spark to your life.

Embrace the community spirit: Attend special events, swim in the indoor pool, or perhaps join an exercise class. Discover what it truly means to be  part of the Brandon Wilde family.

The true value? As an Explorers Club member, you become part of the Brandon Wilde family from the very start. As you foster relationships and explore a vibrant lifestyle, you’ll be prepared for a smooth, natural transition when you’re ready to call Brandon Wilde home.

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The Lifestyle You’ve Been Searching for Is at Brandon Wilde

Ready to simplify your life, embrace new adventures, and surround yourself with a vibrant community? Then, independent living at Brandon Wilde is the next step in your retirement journey. Contact us online or call 706-530-5230 to schedule a visit, and discover the unique benefits of the Brandon Wilde Explorers Club.