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Community or Age in Place? 

Community or Age in Place?

The Many Benefits of Aging in a Community | Simplifying The Market

There’s comfort in being around people who share common interests, goals, and challenges. That comfort in a community doesn’t wane with age – it actually deepens. Whether it’s proudly talking about grandchildren or lamenting the fact that our eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, it helps to be around people who not only understand what we’re saying but actually feel the same joys and concerns as well.

That’s why many boomers are deciding to move into an active adult community. In the latest 55places National Housing Survey, they were described by one out of three seniors as an “outgoing, social community of likeminded people.”

Bill Ness, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of 55places.com, explains:

“Baby boomers are now reaching the age when moving to an active adult community is the ideal opportunity for them…Many boomers now want to downsize, experience a maintenance-free lifestyle, and pursue more social opportunities. It’s exciting that there are so many choices for baby boomers.”

There’s still a desire, however, among many seniors to “age-in-place.” According to the Senior Resource Guide, aging-in-place means:

“…that you will be remaining in your own home for the later years of your life; not moving into a smaller home, assisted living, or a retirement community etcetera.”

The challenge is, many seniors live in suburban or rural areas, and that often necessitates driving significant distances to see friends or attend other social engagements. A recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) titled Housing America’s Older Adults addressed this exact concern:

“The growing concentration of older households in outlying communities presents major challenges for residents and service providers alike. Single-family homes make up most of the housing stock in low-density areas, and residents typically need to be able to drive to do errands, see doctors, and socialize.”

The Kiplinger report also chimed in on this subject:

“While most seniors say they want to age in place, a much smaller percentage of them actually manage to accomplish it, studies show. Transportation is often a problem; when you can no longer drive, you can’t get to medical appointments or to other outings.”

Driving may not be a challenge right now, but think about what it may be like to drive 10, 20, or 30 years down the road.

There are also health challenges brought on by a possible lack of socialization when living at home versus a community of seniors. Sarah J. Stevenson is an author who writes about seniors. In a recent blog post for A Place for Mom, she explains:

“Social contacts tend to decrease as we age for reasons such as retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility.”

Thankfully, research from the same article suggests if you’re spending time with others in a community, thus reducing the impact of loneliness and isolation, there’s less of a risk of developing high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and early death.

Though the familiarity of our current home may bring a feeling of warmth, comfort, and convenience, it’s important to understand that staying there may mean missing out on crucial socialization opportunities. Living with adult children, joining a retirement community, or moving to an assisted living facility can help us continue to be with people we enjoy every day.

Bottom Line

“Aging-in-place” definitely has its advantages, but it could mean getting “stuck-in-place” too. There are many health benefits derived from socialization with a community of people that shares common interests. It’s important to take the need for human interaction into consideration when making a decision about where to spend the later years in life.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about options, reach out and we can talk.

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Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

Georgetown Township 3 Bedroom house for sale

1641 Rosewood, Jenison MI 49428

Move right in! This excellent 3 bedroom ranch features 2 stall attached garage, finished basement, 2 fireplaces, large 14 x 28 deck with hot tub, fenced in back yard and many nice updates including new carpeting, painting, wet bar and more. Located just down the street from Rosewood Park, with sidewalks and easy road access to several local places including schools, grocery stores, restaurants and more.

Rosewood Park – A short walk on the sidewalk just a few doors down the street.

Important Stats: Closed Sales Year to Date

Tracking the number of CLOSED sales can be helpful in understanding several variables in the market.

Below is a brief summary of closed sales thus far this year. This particular graph shows the 3 year history of Single Family Houses with a minimum of 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths for the Greater Regional Association of REALTORS MLS (covering all price ranges)

How does affect your house and future plans?

3888 Goodwood Dr Se, Thornapple River Forest Hills Schools

140 Ft of private Thornapple River frontage. Nestled in the cove this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home gives you all the enjoyment of being on the wide open stretch of the Thornapple River ranked top in the area for water sports, yet the location provide tranquility not found anywhere else on the river. With quality fit and finish throughout this masterfully crafted walkout ranch provides vaulted cathedral ceiling featuring beautiful wood beams, parquet floor, solid wood cabinetry, over 700sqft of Trex composite decking, 2 fireplaces, 2 docks, gorgeous river views, multi-zone heating and cooling, updated mechanicals, gorgeous landscaping, main floor master, main floor laundry, a brilliant floor plan with large spacious rooms, ample storage space, 2 wet bars, attached 3 stall garage and more. 

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5 Bedroom 3 Bath on 5 Acres for Sale

This incredible 5 bedroom 3 full bath house features the perfect combination of floor plan and location. This newer built ranch home sits on 5 acres and features gorgeous main floor master suite with walk-in closet, main floor laundry, over sized 3 stall garage, walkout lower level, tons of storage, excellent room sizes, large deck and more. Experience this incredible setting offering privacy and serenity located on top of ”Harmony Hill” with the perfect mix of open space and hardwoods. The incredible Geothermal heating and cooling system saves money and is good for the environment….offering quiet comfort and excellent environmentally conscious efficiency. Check this one out today!

Excellent Waterfront Opportunity: Thornapple River Waterfront Forest Hills Schools

This is a rare opportunity offering an incredible location with sought-after Thornapple River frontage on “the pond” in Forest Hills School. With “great bones”, spacious room sizes and fabulous floor plan, this home offers the perfect opportunity to renovate the space into the home you have always dreamed of.

140 Ft of private Thornapple River frontage. Nestled in the cove this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home gives you all the enjoyment of being on the wide open stretch of the Thornapple River ranked top in the area for water sports, yet the location provide tranquility not found anywhere else on the river. With quality fit and finish throughout this masterfully crafted walkout ranch provides vaulted cathedral ceiling featuring beautiful wood beams, parquet floor, solid wood cabinetry, over 700sqft of Trex composite decking, 2 fireplaces, 2 docks, gorgeous river views, multi-zone heating and cooling, updated mechanicals, gorgeous landscaping, main floor master, main floor laundry, a brilliant floor plan with large spacious rooms, ample storage space, 2 wet bars, attached 3 stall garage and more. 

Forest Hills Schools – Private Waterfront Retreat

Forest Hill Schools – Private Thornapple River frontage. This gorgeous Town & Country cedar home is surrounded by the natural beauty of hardwoods. Located on the open 6 mile stretch of the Thornapple River (all sports.) This home offers the best of rustic-lux. With soaring vaulted plank ceilings, stone fireplace, majestic views out every window, and quality finishes throughout every inch breathes the essence of home. The main floor master with luxuriously appointed on-suite, the additional bedrooms, finished garage loft space, and walk-out lower level each offer custom touches combining form, function and fun. Experience the peace of this location while appreciating its easy proximity to everyday amenities such as shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.

OPEN HOUSE: Pole Barn 1 Acre Lot w House for Sale: Caledonia 5 Bed 2.5 Bath

OPEN HOUSE: OPEN – TODAY – SUNDAY NOV 17 2-4PM – Opportunity knocks! This Caledonia Township 2 story boasts 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 stall attached garage, walkout basement, and huge 40 x 32 barn with 14ft entry door with raised rafters, cement floor, and 200 amp electric. Experience the quality the 60s brought to the house in the plaster walls, wood trim, wood cabinets and attention to detail. Location offers easy access to picturesque downtown Caledonia, Lepard Nature Preserve, close to area schools, and right down the road from the shopping, dining, entertainment, trail heads and more. Just south of M6 with easy access to major roads for commuting.