Retirement is one of the key milestones in life, but it's one that a lot of people approach with a sense of trepidation. While it does mean you'll find yourself with more leisure time than you've had for most of your life, it seems to take an awful lot of planning and preparation if you're to enjoy it fully.
One of the things you should plan for is where you're going to live, although most people don't consider any option other than staying in their own home. There are plenty of reasons people opt for this rather than a retirement community, but one of the major ones is that there are a lot of myths that people still believe. Here are some of the major ones — and why they're not true!
They're boring and depressing
People still think of any sort of senior living facility as being dull and filled with unhappy residents, but nothing could be further than the truth. Modern retirement villages are busy, lively places with no shortage of things to do and see, and people have a great time living in them. There's always something to keep you busy and plenty of ways to relax when you want to.
They're only for sick and very old people
Although there are trained staff and healthcare professionals on hand to make sure all the residents stay healthy and to deal with any emergencies, you don't have to be unwell to live in a retirement community. You also do not have to be particularly advanced in years. People choose to make the move as soon as they retire, and some communities have residents as young as 55.
You don't get to be independent
Activities are provided and meals can be cooked for you, but it's up to you what you do with your day. It's not planned out for you and you have the freedom to spend your time at your leisure.
You can even do things outside the community if you want to and many provide transportation for shopping and other activities in nearby towns or cities.
It will never feel like home
Making the move from a home you've been in for some time is never going to be the easiest thing to do, but most people settle in quickly and feel right at home in retirement communities.
There are all kinds of people to make friends with, and you can still see your family and existing friends as much as you want to. If you choose a community close to where you live now, you'll still feel connected to the life you know, and the change won't be so difficult to cope with.