The Best 55+ Communities in 2019

In decades gone by, people didn’t think about living in a community for older adults until things started to slip.  That is to say, NEED was the emotion that brought about the decision.

At times, the person actually making the move to a facility didn’t fully recognize the NEED.  The result was family arguments and feelings of abandonment and being pushed into a decision formulated by someone else.

Who could blame the person being forced into the move?  The topic being tossed around by everyone but them was “What’s the matter with Dad,” rather than, “What matters to Dad?”

Thankfully, those days should be done.  There is so much variety in senior housing, everyone should be able to find a perfect home.  Today we can downsize and enjoy a wonderful life style based on celebrated decisions not dreaded outcomes.

In the past, the move to senior living for most residents was driven by the need for assistance as the result of the death of a partner, a negative health event, or the loss of an ADL .

Today’s consumers are much more driven by their wants and don’t wait to be pushed into things by their needs.  Most are very ‘tech’ savvy and know how to investigate housing options efficiently on-line.  They reach decisions on their own based more on what’s a “good fit” rather than the one-way street of what the community offers—take it or leave it.  When needs are great, wants get compromised—that should not have to be the case.

Having said all that, potential decisions are usually discussed with family.  Everyone wants parents and grandparents to live fulfilling lives and if a community is ‘resident centered’ then everybody can celebrate a great life-choice decision:  A brand-new home the resident helped design, great farm-to-fork dining, a variety of volunteer opportunities, and small-town living in nature without sacrificing big city amenities.

Location of family often determines geographic preferences for retirement living.  California (Nevada County in particular) has great weather, so there is no need to move to far away Florida or settle down in steaming Arizona.  

Obviously being so close to The Bay Area is a real plus for Rincon del Rio. With daily Amtrak, visiting The City for a performance or visit with family is pretty much hassle free. No traffic to battle, no fear of being in an automobile accident.  

Likewise, visits from family and friends living in Sacramento, Reno, or The Bay are an easy proposition. Plus, after their stay, all return home with exceptional, fresh produce grown on the on-site farm.

With so much to do and see in the Gold Country, Rincon del Rio deserves a close look as the Best 55+ Active Living Community being built in 2019.