What is an Active Adult?

Vigorous and independent, today’s 55 and older adults are a revolution in the making. These healthy and well-educated baby boomers are seeking out lifestyles that are inspirational and fulfilling. They aren’t “retired,” but are happily – and actively – pursuing everything life has to offer. And with 43 million Americans currently over age 55 (a number that is expected to grow to nearly 80 million by 2020), there are a lot of people out there having a lot of fun.

If you count yourself as an “active adult,” congratulations! Your kids are grown, and you’re not on the clock anymore. After all your years of hard work, it’s finally time to relax and take it easy. Let somebody else do the hard work for a change. You’ve earned this time, so make sure you’re making the most of it.

Staying busy is a way of life for most modern seniors. Recreational activities, hobbies, meetings with friends, grandchildren and volunteer work are at the top of many to-do lists. And while most seniors have retired from their primary careers, a growing number continue to work on a part-time basis as a way to stay involved in the community.

Many active adults choose to live in communities designed specifically for them. The benefits are numerous: accessible, one-level ranch homes accompanied by on-site clubhouses, pools and fitness facilities, walking and jogging trails, and a safe, secure environment, But when you ask around, just about everybody agrees that they treasure the freedom that comes with living in a “low-maintenance” community the most. Your days are once again your own, and you can leave the landscape and exterior home maintenance to someone else. Somehow, autumn is a lot more enjoyable when you’re not the one raking the leaves!

Active adult communities are filled with people just like you. Whether you enjoy quilting, fishing, reading or gardening, you’ll be sure to find new friends with common interests. Many seniors list warm and friendly neighbors and a strong sense of community as one of the most positive aspects of living in a 55+ community.

Family and friends are also highly important. Today’s active adult isn’t interested in retiring to a community on the other side of the country; instead, they’ll move to where the grandchildren are. Maintaining an independent lifestyle, while still being close enough to visit often, is rewarding for all generations.

But for all their similarities, there is still a refreshingly diverse quality to the baby boomer generation. Approaching retirement age has actually energized this already-dynamic group, and they don’t show signs of slowing down any time soon.