Active Adult vs Independent Living

Active adult is the new norm in retirement living

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Active adult communities (also called a variety of other names, such as adult lifestyle communities and others) are a blossoming trend in housing. These are ideal for those who have emptied the nest and are looking to downsize or reinvest the equity in their family home.  These are not retirement communities in any traditional sense, and communities have no true age restriction; people may move in in their late 40s, for example. Active adult might also be known as resort communities, 55 plus, bungalow retirement communities and many other names. Homes can be single-family dwellings, mobile or manufactured homes, cluster housing, condo style housing or special subdivisions. Occupants lease or purchase the residence and enjoy an independent lifestyle with their neighbors. These communities have features and activities that older adults find fulfilling and enjoyable. From indoor swimming pools and lush golf courses to onsite shopping and transportation, active adult communities suit the needs of healthy and active seniors.

Independent living facilities, on another hand, are housing units designed specifically for seniors, often with an age limit around 65. Residents of independent living facilities care for themselves and live independently in a secure environment of their peers. These residents usually do not require assistance with day-to-day activities, but may use services of a care provider as required.

The key difference between independent living and other housing options is the degree of overall assistance in daily living activities. While seniors in independent living homes take care of the majority of their own needs, they may be offered meals, laundry services, linen delivery and planned activities. However, if one requires round-the-clock help with eating, dressing, and using the toilet, or requires regular medical assistance, other housing options such as assisted living or nursing homes may be a better option. Active adult living is limited in the type of care options available to seniors and the focus of housing is on seniors who are, as implied by the name, very active.

Independent living offers a good deal of comfort, security and safety but medical care is limited. Meals, housekeeping, transportation, and planned social activities are offered to seniors. There are many types of independent living facilities, from apartment complexes to separate houses. Continuing care retirement facilities provide independent living as well as other types of senior housing with more services at the same facility.

With the aging of the baby boomer generation, both active adult and independent living options are getting equally popular. Many independent adults who do not need care opt for active adult living while seniors who may need some care services can choose from the wide range of homes that offer independent living.

Independent living communities:

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Wellings of Waterford  

111 Bruce Street, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0

Welcome to Wellings of Waterford, a vibrant villa community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost, all maintenance is included.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Corunna  

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0

NOW OPEN - Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

River Crest Estates  

2626 Mewburn Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 0G4

Welcome to River Crest Estates, where you will enjoy a higher quality of life, in the heart of the Niagara Region. You will find a community of comfort, simplicity, and freedom for 50+ Active Adults.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

St. Elizabeth Village  

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8

St. Elizabeth Village is a place where community comes first. The Village is set on an impressive 114-acre natural oasis of parks and ponds. Enjoy a non-stop slate of social activities in a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Picton  

15 Wellings Drive, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

The Crossing  

66 Elizabeth Avenue, Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, B0N2T0

The Crossing is a vibrant active living community in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, an award-winning wine region. Residents will enjoy nearby walking trails, community gardens, golf, skiing & casual or fine dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Edgewood Suites  

270 Hagan Street East, Southgate, Ontario, N0C 1B0

Welcome to vibrant, carefree, adult living community, Edgewood Suites, a unique adult lifestyle community located in Dundalk, a place rich in small town charm, natural beauty and superb amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sifton Riverstone Retiree Apartments  

1961 Shore Rd., London, Ontario, N6K 0K5

Riverstone is offering a lifestyle designed just for you. Our energy-efficient retiree apartments boast up-scale interiors that bring the outside in, to create a one-of-a-kind sustainable environment powered by the sun.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Stittsville  

2500 Wellings Private, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 2R5

Enjoy a vibrant new community for adults 55+ who share a passion for an active lifestyle. Studios,1, 2 bedroom apartments to rent include full kitchens, appliances, laundry, balcony, parking, concierge & onsite dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

The Meadows of Aurora  

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5

The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Active Living

Mahogany Platinum  

#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, V3G0B1

A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

Gates of Bayview  

4003 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2M 3Z8

Welcome to The Gates of Bayview, one of North Toronto's most exclusive rental communities. Offering residents spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with unmatched amenities, community events, and stunning floral scenery.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Royal Heights Inc.  

30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8

Royal Heights is designed with your active & independent lifestyle in mind. Luxury apartments feature en-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances & balconies. On site Fitness room, salt water pool, movie theatre & more!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence  

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living



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