Steven Ross, M.S.G., M.A., N.H.A./Gerontologist
Freedom Village Continuing Care Retirement Community and Health Care Center
A New Trend For Seniors
With the housing market booming and families moving to new
areas, bigger homes and sometimes downsizing, we often forget about the senior
citizens. Although many remain in their present homes, there are several
alternatives for senior housing.
For the youngest seniors, there are gated communities for
those age 55 and over that offer a variety of selection of home styles.
However, with today’s medical technology and the quality of life, there
are 3.8 million seniors over the age of 85. Demographers project that after the
first baby boomers hit retirement in 2011, the numbers will explode with people
65 and older numbering 1 in 5 by the middle of the next century.
Retirement communities are becoming increasing popular among
the 75 plus generation where they can continue to keep their freedom and
independence. This is called Independent Living. To walk into some retirement
communities, you would think you were in a prestigious country club. Seniors
enjoy spacious apartments with kitchens, and some offering views of the
mountains or courtyards. The communities are complete with a library, beauty
shop, social rooms, and elegant dining. Services range from having your meals
prepared, maid service, transportation and security. The planned daily
activities keep seniors active and healthy with many offering fitness centers
and exercise classes.
For seniors who are not able to manage independently, there
is Assisted Living where assistance with personal care needs is available.
Skilled Nursing facilities provide rehabilitation and 24-hour medical
supervision for seniors.
Choosing the right type of living arrangement is important
and there are many choices. Couples are often faced with the dilemma of each
needing a different type of lifestyle and having to live in two different
In Saddleback Valley, there is one community that offers all
of these levels within one community and that is Freedom Village Continuing Care
“Independent Living is ideal for seniors over 70 who want
to enhance their lifestyle”, said Linda Methe, Regional Marketing Director at
Freedom Village. “A Continuing Care Community, where all levels are available,
allows seniors to move within the community as their needs change over the
years. At Freedom Village, they also receive a guarantee of long-term care for
life.” She also adds, “we have had several physicians in the area choose
Freedom Village for their parents and that is probably the best compliment we
Seniors are definitely living longer and builders
and realtors have a whole new market available to them. For further information and assistance on planning for elder
parent care, call Freedom Village today at (949) 472-4700.