If you’re flying solo in retirement, you’re not alone. The number of Baby Boomers entering their retirement years unpartnered continues to grow, with about 27% of adults age 60 and older in the U.S. living alone, according to the Pew Research Center. Whether they’re aging solo after being divorced, widowed or never married, single seniors can take advantage of opportunities to live out their dreams in retirement — and deciding where to settle down in retirement is a big part of that.
Benefits of Solo Aging in an Independent Living Community
Moving to a senior living community is a great fit for many single retirees because it opens the door to new opportunities to keep learning, growing and living life to the fullest. Let’s explore some of the benefits of solo aging in a senior living community:
Motivation to downsize. Moving to a one-bedroom apartment may be a bit of an adjustment, but it’s exciting to think about how much you have to gain from downsizing and moving to a smaller space. Downsizing is a smart move for single seniors who are ready to start their next adventure without being tied down to the responsibilities of taking care of a home.
Maintenance-free living. A maintenance-free lifestyle relieves stress for single seniors by lifting the burdens of lawn mowing, housekeeping, meal preparation, home repairs and more.
A built-in social life. Living in a retirement community is one of the best ways to expand your social circle. A community setting provides plenty of opportunities for social interaction, friendships and fun, which is perfect for single seniors who want to branch out. Even if you enjoy your alone time, the everyday interactions in a close-knit community can help you stay socially connected.
Independence for years to come. Choosing independent living is a decision that can actually help seniors maintain their independence for longer because you have everything you need right at your fingertips, including access to senior care if needed.
Debunking Myths About Solo Aging
There’s a misconception that living alone is a negative circumstance in retirement; however, the opposite is true for solo agers who are part of a strong community. Here are three myths about solo aging that are easily turned upside down when you move into an independent living community like Brandon Wilde:
- Myth: Living alone is a last resort. That’s not the case for many retirees. Living alone is the option they’ve chosen because they enjoy the freedom of living on their own.
- Myth: It’s impossible to make new friends later in life. Not true! The logistics of meeting new people can be challenging if you’re isolated at home with few interactions with neighbors. However, independent living in a retirement community brings countless opportunities to meet your neighbors and make new friends.
- Myth: Solo aging makes a person extra vulnerable if they have a health crisis. On the contrary, single seniors who live in a community with on-site senior care have complete confidence that their needs will be taken care of in the event of a health crisis.
Why Young Seniors Love Life at Brandon Wilde
About 1 in 3 Baby Boomers (the generation born between 1946–1964) are single, according to Census data, and for many retirees, they enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that come with solo aging. Here are some of the features that make Brandon Wilde ideal for single seniors:
Amenities for active retirees. There’s so much to enjoy while you’re still young and active, so why not start taking advantage of the lifestyle you’ve earned? Explore nature on our 73-acre campus, ride your bike, walk the trails, play fetch with your dog in the dog park or spend time gardening in our mini-gardens.
A wellness-focused lifestyle. Young retirees appreciate that wellness is a way of life at Brandon Wilde, with convenient access to an indoor saltwater pool, fitness center, group fitness classes and more. Learn more about our wellness program featuring an activities calendar filled with a range of activities from pickleball and ping-pong to water aerobics and Tai Chi.
An abundance of things to do on campus. This is your time to shine, and there’s no shortage of ways to have fun and get involved in activities as a resident of Brandon Wilde. Explore our services and amenities to learn more about lifelong learning, entertainment, resident committees and social events to fill your calendar at Brandon Wilde.
Area attractions for single seniors. Our location just 10 miles northwest of Augusta, GA, offers plenty of local attractions for older adults. You’ll find dining and shopping venues right across the street from our campus, and Evans Town Center is just up the road, where you can see concerts at the Columbia County Amphitheater or the Lady Antebellum Pavilion.