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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Communities Create a Haven for Active Aging, contributed by Mary Albert

Guest Blog for http://elderlyconcern.blogspot.com/

The great thing about retirement is that you can do whatever you want. You can have a good time with your friends, stay out late, and even stay up all night if you really want (or still can). No matter what your desires might be, you can live them out in your retirement years like never before. Some people don't get this experience, however. Some are limited by their access to people and events, and are becoming sequestered in their homes to live a life of solitude and loneliness due to a variety of circumstances.

If you've got the opportunity, you should check out your local active adult community. It never hurts to get to know other people in the community, and it can even help you enjoy your life and stave off the signs of aging. Socialization is the leading supporter of healthy minds, and a healthy mind can help a healthy body. When the 55+ community is right there waiting for you, you need to take advantage of that. Whether you move into a community of people that you can socialize with and make friends with or you simply start attending local events and meeting new people within your existing community, you need to reach out.

When people spend more time together, they tend to be happier, more fulfilled, and utilizing more of their bodies and brains. Whether you attend a local swimming class for active adults twice a week or join the local golf club, there are dozens of ways for you to create your own community or join one that already exists. This will let you enjoy your life and spend less time worrying about aging while you spend more time having fun.

Contributed by Mary Albert, a blogger for a senior lifestyle and senior health website that provides advice for the 55+ age group as well as medical alert reviews.

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