Amenities & Lifestyle

The cornerstones of active adult communities are the amenities and lifestyle opportunities they afford to residents. From the clubhouses with fitness centers and resort-style pools to the tennis courts, pickleball courts, and walking trails found outside, we explore all community amenities here. You’ll also find plenty of information about the social clubs, activities, and events planned for active adult communities around the country.

An older couple eats ice cream while walking down the street in their small town retirement community.
Best Small Towns To Retire: Here are the 5 Most Affordable and Awesome

Baby Boomers are flocking to small American towns for retirement. And the team at 55places understands the allure. Lower crime rates, less traffic, and a cozy camaraderie with the neighbors are the big draws to the best small towns to retire in the US.   There was a time when small towns — those with a population under 5,000 per the US Census Bureau — got

A mature couple sets their alarm as they leave their lock and leave community.
What Is a Lock and Leave Lifestyle? 5 FAQs

Whether you’ve been bitten by the travel bug or live a busy lifestyle, there’s nothing more frustrating than being unable to commit to homeownership due to your on-the-go nature. Owning your home has incredible benefits. However, it also costs most Americans, on average, 42 hours a month in home maintenance work. Fortunately, its typical restrictions are no longer a problem for those who want the

Mobile homes on a small lake in Florida
What Are Manufactured Homes? Everything a Retiree Should Know

Manufactured homes were known as mobile homes before 1976. The name change came with an upgrade in the requirements for building them. As a result, the manufactured homes of today are a far cry from what they used to be. Today’s manufactured homes are attractive, roomy, and energy efficient. Yet they still cost less than traditional homes. The quality and affordability of these homes have

A woman playing pickleball in her 55+ community.
Raleigh Area 55+ Communities Big on Pickleball

With the pickleball’s rising popularity, many active adult communities across the country have taken heed and added pickleball courts to their lists of amenities. And, the Raleigh-Durham area–which is home to 40 active adult communities–is no different.

An older adult feels the anxiety of aging and thinks about ways to manage stress.
Are You Anxious? 5 Ways Older Adults Can Manage Stress

You can drastically improve your older loved ones’ overall health and quality of life by helping them manage and have less stress and anxiety. Here’s a comprehensive guide on understanding and managing stress and anxiety in older adults.

A smiling group of seniors pose for a photo at a 55+ community.
What Are the Age Requirements for a 55+ Community?

For many, the answer to “What are the age requirements for a 55+ community?” may seem obvious. You have to be 55 or older, right? No, that’s not always the case. In fact, there are many scenarios where there’s only one resident who is 55 or older. Also, there are rare cases when no residents is 55 or older. 

An older adult takes a continuing education course offered in his 55+ community.
Never Stop Learning: Continuing Education Programs in 55+ Communities

Many people look forward to retirement because they can finally stop focusing on work and start focusing on doing more of what they enjoy. Do you want to learn a new language, play an instrument, or try making a new craft? There are many benefits that learning something new can provide.

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