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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

Wellings of Waterford

111 Bruce Street, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0
Wellings is a vibrant community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost. Under construction: Phase two townhomes are now leasing
Wellings of Corunna

Wellings of Corunna

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0
Opened May 2017- 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.
Wellings of Stittsville

Wellings of Stittsville

5731 Hazeldean Rd, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1T1
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 & dinner service.
Courts of Canterbury

Courts of Canterbury

48 Coulter St., Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1N7
A new community of 2 & 3 bedroom bungalow and bungalow-lofts on fifty-foot lots. Steps from Lake Scugog, in the heart of Port Perry. Residents' only social centre with outdoor pool. Your freer, easier lifestyle awaits!
Wellings of Picton

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.
Riverview Condos & Suites

Riverview Condos & Suites

507 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba, R0L 1Z0
RiverView Condos is a new unique 50+ Retirement Community located on 4 acres of riverfront property, in the Town of Swan River. It is designed with the active retiree in mind.
Arbutus Ridge by the Sea

Arbutus Ridge by the Sea

600 Fairways Place, Cobble Hill, British Columbia, V0R1L1
Arbutus Ridge is a 50 + seaside community located minutes from Victoria via a beautiful drive over the Malahat. There are 646 homes distributed over a park like 150 acres interlinked with the Arbutus Ridge Golf Course.
Morningside Retirement Community

Morningside Retirement Community

10 Homestead Place, New Hamburg, Ontario, N3A 2G1
Welcome to Morningside, a picturesque and friendly active lifestyle community. Residents aged 55+ enjoy serene country-style living in charming New Hamburg and a variety of engaging recreational activities and events.
RiverBend Golf Community

RiverBend Golf Community

2200 Jack Nash Drive, London, Ontario, N6K 5R3
Upon completion, RiverBend will include a collection of 400+ new homes, all built throughout the incredible 18-hole golf course that rests in the heart of the community.
Martindale Place

Martindale Place

1128 Vansickle Road North, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3W1
A welcoming community of choice for seniors where Christian values and excellence are celebrated. We create a safe and caring community for seniors based on Christian values, respecting individuality and dignity.
Wilmot Creek

Wilmot Creek

1 Wheelhouse Drive, Newcastle, Ontario, L1B 1B9
At Wilmot Creek, you’ll find yourself 30 minutes from Toronto, in the Clarington Township, in a neighbourhood that features single-family homes. Enjoy the refreshing breeze from Lake Ontario, while enjoying a serene, laid-back cottage lifestyle.
Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village

Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village

14 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village, Ontario's unique Adult Lifestyle Community offers five different housing choices to suit any budget & lifestyle, Clubhouse, Medical Wellness Centre, are all in a Four Season Playground.
Royal Heights Inc.

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!
Boardwalk Retirement Community

Boardwalk Retirement Community

3520 31 St. NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2L 2A5
Welcome to the BRC, a beautiful assisted living facility located in the heart of Calgary's NW. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are safe and cared for with our friendly and passionate staff.
Grand Cove

Grand Cove

77 Main St. East, Grand Bend, Ontario, N0M 1T0
Enjoy a friendly community where homeowners share a common interest as “empty nesters.” This small, mature neighbourhood consists of 450 bungalows that are beautifully surrounded by trees, a relaxing pond and nearby walking trails – some leading to Lake Huron.
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills

The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is a 114 acre oasis that offers invigorating amenities and activities. Enjoy the freedom of private independent living, in a gated community where friends are neighbors. Live With Zest!



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