Community Terms

A site visitor emailed me asking what the differences are in a “Senior community“, a “Over 55 Community” and “Assisted Living Facility“.

Well these terms are confusing to many.  In addition to those terms, there are many more.

I would say that people searching for a Senior community are older or are searching for an older person, say 75 years of age or better.  The reason I say that is the use of the word “senior” is not used by most baby boomers to refer to themselves or their age group, expect to get a senior discount.   So Senior community would refer to retirement communities for seniors.

Over 55 community is used in marketing the newer Active Adult Communities and to Age Quailified communities where at least one person needs to be ago 55 over better, as the marketing people say it.

Assisted Living Facility is for people needing help with the daily chores of living.  Usually includes meals, a nurse on duty, and group transportation and more.

Retirement Hobbies

So you finally have time to peruse other than work activities. What are some of the hobbies semi retired and retied folks enjoy.

It can be a wide range of things. Whatever you enjoy.

Collecting and/or restoring muscle cars from our youth is appealing to some men. Of coarse outdoors activities like hiking, fishing and hunting are popular.  For social activities check out meetup.com to check on groups near you.  You may be amazed to see how many qroups and interests there are available to you to get involved.

Many women enjoy gourmet cooking, books clubs, volunteering,  and shopping. The Internet is a great source of hobbies and even a hobby unto itself.  If you are a book reader, just have to check out PaperBackSwap.com.
Couples like traveling to new places and of coarse cruising is exciting and affordable.  Gardening is making a comeback and Victory Gardens are enjoyable and rewarding.  Stamp collecting, coin and collecting medals is also making a come back and could be a good investment.  Keeping up with your investments becomes a hobby for some.  Having time to go to the library and museums becomes enjoyable again.  Reading and bookstore visits, attending government and civic meetings, and getting involved in politics are major activities.

Gosh how did we ever find time to work?