How many here live in senior communities?

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    May 15, 2015 5:26 AM GMT
    This is my first and I'm surprised, but I quite like it.

    I don't play bridge or bingo though icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif, and this is a golf course community so golf is every Tues and Thurs at 9:00am (weather permitting). That, I'm not as bad at, but I'm still working for a living.

    Folks are very very friendly without over doing it. In the community directory, I see quite a few singles so I presume widowed given the average age around here.

    Although I always have projects I'm working on, I'm pretty well settled so I'll get involved a bit and who knows ....
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    May 15, 2015 5:35 AM GMT
    Maybe there are some sexy youngish grandmothers around here.
  • metta

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    May 15, 2015 5:36 AM GMT
    Well, I have thought about creating my own in the future with some of my current neighbors that want to do it as well....does that count? ;)
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    May 15, 2015 5:43 AM GMT
    metta8 saidWell, I have thought about creating my own in the future with some of my current neighbors that want to do it as well....does that count? ;)


    Sure. We're deed restricted to 55 and over. F&F are welcome. Grandson loves it here.

    I just can't believe I live somewhere where playing bingo is one of the primary activities. Holy shit I'm old.
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    May 15, 2015 12:39 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidThis is my first and I'm surprised, but I quite like it.

    I don't play bridge or bingo though icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif, and this is a golf course community so golf is every Tues and Thurs at 9:00am (weather permitting). That, I'm not as bad at, but I'm still working for a living.

    Folks are very very friendly without over doing it. In the community directory, I see quite a few singles so I presume widowed given the average age around here.

    Although I always have projects I'm working on, I'm pretty well settled so I'll get involved a bit and who knows ....

    Many people contend that our Wilton Manors is a senior gay community, and that's not far from the truth. But I had no idea you had moved into one yourself, albeit I presume a straight senior community. Although senior LGBT communities are starting to become more common.

    Does it merely mean entry is restricted to 55 or 60+ with no children, or is it assisted living? We have friends in both types of communities, and visit them all the time, they all seem nice places. You look in pretty good shape, you must be a hot item there. Watch out for those horny widows! LOL!
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    May 15, 2015 12:55 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI would imagine living in a senior community would be peaceful and quiet. No hood rats playing their really loud ass music to annoy the neighbors. I'm in.


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It was the dedicated downstairs audio room that got me. Insulated and surrounded by basement on three sides and you cannot hear it outside. That's the primary thing that got me hear. But yeah, if someone was to listen very carefully they might hear Ravel's Bolero, etc. wafting outside.
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    May 15, 2015 12:57 PM GMT
    I don't want to think of old age yet so depressing
    maybe it's not as bad as I have it pictured in my mind
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    May 15, 2015 1:07 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree saidThis is my first and I'm surprised, but I quite like it.

    I don't play bridge or bingo though icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif, and this is a golf course community so golf is every Tues and Thurs at 9:00am (weather permitting). That, I'm not as bad at, but I'm still working for a living.

    Folks are very very friendly without over doing it. In the community directory, I see quite a few singles so I presume widowed given the average age around here.

    Although I always have projects I'm working on, I'm pretty well settled so I'll get involved a bit and who knows ....

    Many people contend that our Wilton Manors is a senior gay community, and that's not far from the truth. But I had no idea you had moved into one yourself, albeit I presume a straight senior community. Although senior LGBT communities are starting to become more common.

    Does it merely mean entry is restricted to 55 or 60+ with no children, or is it assisted living? We have friends in both types of communities, and visit them all the time, they all seem nice places. You look in pretty good shape, you must be a hot item there. Watch out for those horny widows! LOL!


    It's deed restricted to the primary homeowner(s) being 55+ and since this neighborhood was built about seven years ago, most folks here are well over 65 and frankly, more like 70 - 80, so there are grandchildren around. It's mostly kid free and very very quiet.

    And no it's not assisted living, but single family homes with not as many bedrooms and more space dedicated to living areas. I have only 2 bedroom and 3 1/2 baths, but have home office, living room, some sort of library/reading room plus the audio room and then a full basement that's the footprint of the house. It's just right and all the space I need.

    Garage could stand to be a little deeper for the full size old american collector cars, but it's ok.

    With regards to horny widows: if they love going to live music and don't mind the fund raiser charity car shows most of the summer, they're more than welcome into my life. What's nice here is that they would have their own house, but still would be close by. And there's already efforts to get me out to activities so I can meet up with these divorcees or widows. Not something I need, but I'm totally open to it.
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    May 15, 2015 1:09 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI don't want to think of old age yet so depressing
    maybe it's not as bad as I have it pictured in my mind


    Everyone is still active and pretty fun around here. If they're not fun I'll make them fun!!!!
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    May 15, 2015 1:19 PM GMT
    I guess age is just a state of mind then
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    May 15, 2015 1:28 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI guess age is just a state of mind then

    Also a state of body... OUCH! icon_sad.gif
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    May 15, 2015 1:32 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI guess age is just a state of mind then


    Once the general demographics around here get old enough, they won't have a mind left to state.

    I don't see any evidence of that yet, but these are mostly originals owners with the only homes coming for sale being due to death.

    The neighbors seem to be very willing to help the other neighbors so so far its good. I will probably be very busy as I think I'm the youngest here and I'm very very old.
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    May 15, 2015 1:34 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    venue35 saidI guess age is just a state of mind then

    Also a state of body... OUCH! icon_sad.gif


    Ok, that's more like it. My mind tells me just fine that I need to tie my shoes, but getting all the way down there and back up again is another matter entirely.

    Your knees get iffy and back gets creaky, but ya fart much more so at least sumthin good comes out of it.
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    May 15, 2015 2:01 PM GMT
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    venue35 saidI don't want to think of old age yet so depressing
    maybe it's not as bad as I have it pictured in my mind

    Everyone is still active and pretty fun around here. If they're not fun I'll make them fun!!!!

    Good attitude. Our condo complex is mostly older, and gay, although there's no age rule. One of our neighbors is a widow at 87, we're gonna take her to lunch next week, to get her out of her condo. Along with one of her gal pals here, she's late 70s I believe.

    We gave the older one live orchids for Mother's Day, because we assumed that her son (who's gay and lives some miles away) would likely not even show up to see his mother. He didn't. We also bring her a gift from Key West whenever we go down there.

    I also look after her other interests as needed. One time she got ticketed for failing to display her handicapped placard in her car in a handicapped parking space. (I think she's finally stopped driving, which is good) She failed to pay on time, and then got a summons to appear in court, or face arrest! Poor thing came to me all in tears and confused about what to do, fearing police at her door.

    I made it all go away, legally, at no cost to her whatsoever, no fine, no need for a court appearance, nothing. I've also fixed some property insurance problems for her. In return, she accepts our UPS & FedEx packages when we're away, and collects our mail during our longer trips away.

    Living among older people, you'll likely learn as I have, it can make you part of a mutual support team. You all help each other. Same thing as I found in the gay community. I hope your new living experience continues to be positive. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 15, 2015 3:06 PM GMT
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    venue35 saidI don't want to think of old age yet so depressing
    maybe it's not as bad as I have it pictured in my mind

    Everyone is still active and pretty fun around here. If they're not fun I'll make them fun!!!!

    Good attitude. Our condo complex is mostly older, and gay, although there's no age rule. One of our neighbors is a widow at 87, we're gonna take her to lunch next week, to get her out of her condo. Along with one of her gal pals here, she's late 70s I believe.

    We gave the older one live orchids for Mother's Day, because we assumed that her son (who's gay and lives some miles away) would likely not even show up to see his mother. He didn't. We also bring her a gift from Key West whenever we go down there.

    I also look after her other interests as needed. One time she got ticketed for failing to display her handicapped placard in her car in a handicapped parking space. (I think she's finally stopped driving, which is good) She failed to pay on time, and then got a summons to appear in court, or face arrest! Poor thing came to me all in tears and confused about what to do.

    I made it all go away, legally, at no cost to her whatsoever, no fine, no need for a court appearance, nothing. I've also fixed some property insurance problems for her. In return, she accepts our UPS & FedEx packages when we're away, and collects our mail during our longer trips away.

    Living among older people, you'll likely learn as I have, can make you part of a mutual support team. You all help each other. Same thing as I found in the gay community. I hope your new living experience continues to be positive. icon_biggrin.gif


    "would likely not even show up to see his mother. He didn't"

    This is so sad to read.

    "part of a mutual support team"

    Older lady who had this house died from colon cancer, and I know that she had a bunch of help from many of the neighbors.

    She actually passed in the same hospital on the same day that my mother did. Son was 15 years too young to move into this neighborhood. By the time I move on to assisted living or worse he will be just about old enough to move here for his old age years.

    He also mentioned that everyone helps everyone else, be it doctors appointments or grocery shopping or....

    Although I'm still working, I'm going to try to stay as aware as I can to the needs of neighbors. The ones just south of me are 81 (husband) and wife is late 70s and to the north both are mid 70s.

  • metta

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    May 15, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    I have a friend that lives in an assisted living center. I visit her every weekend. I'm glad that she is able to get the care she needs and the staff is very nice. But those places are very expensive and I'm hoping that I never need to live in one.
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    May 15, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    My brother and his wife recently moved to Sun Lakes, AZ from Hershey, PA.

    Sounds sort of boring, unless you like playing golf.

    As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,936 people, 6,683 households, and 4,798 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,278.7 people per square mile (879.5/km²). There were 7,746 housing units at an average density of 1,478.8 per square mile (570.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.37% White, 0.78% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    In the CDP the population was spread out with 0.2% under the age of 18, 0.3% from 18 to 24, 2.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 66.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females there were 82.6 males.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Lakes,_Arizona
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    bon_pan saidMy brother and his wife recently moved to Sun Lakes, AZ from Hershey, PA.

    Sounds sort of boring, unless you like playing golf.

    As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,936 people, 6,683 households, and 4,798 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,278.7 people per square mile (879.5/km²). There were 7,746 housing units at an average density of 1,478.8 per square mile (570.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.37% White, 0.78% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    In the CDP the population was spread out with 0.2% under the age of 18, 0.3% from 18 to 24, 2.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 66.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females there were 82.6 males.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Lakes,_Arizona


    "For every 100 females there were 82.6 males. "

    Good news ... I can have my pickins'
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    May 19, 2015 8:11 AM GMT
    Lol. Having worked in aged care, one finds this amusing.
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    May 19, 2015 10:04 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI have a friend that lives in an assisted living center. I visit her every weekend. I'm glad that she is able to get the care she needs and the staff is very nice. But those places are very expensive and I'm hoping that I never need to live in one.

    My late parents feared them. But their image was of an earlier model for elderly care, essentially bleak hospital beds & rooms.

    My parents never went to one, my mother dying unexpectedly in hospital during treatment for an intestinal problem, and my father passing at home of terminal cancer & advanced heart disease. Both my sister & I were retired in our 40s and without other obligations, so we could be our parents' caretakers at the end. That arrangement doesn't exist in every family.

    Today's model we see in Florida is rather attractive, if, as you note, one can afford the expense. Which can be millions just to be admitted to such a place. And then you don't own the residence, it reverts to the association at your death, with no equity. Or when your health declines to the point that you are "downsized" to a more modest unit on the property with more intensive medical staff attention. Then things become less residential and more hospital-like.

    Several of our friends are in such condo-style places that would be the envy of many people. They have 7 or 8 rooms, furnished by the resident. Yet every room has emergency pull cords to alert the on-hand 24/7 medical staff. Dining can be in their own complete kitchen, or in a lovely restaurant where guests, like myself, order from full menus. But men must wear a jacket & tie in the evening.

    One friend has a corner apartment facing the Intracoastal Waterway, with the Atlantic beyond, entirely glass walls with a 70-foot wrap-around balcony outside that's a great entertainment space. She's provided with a maid and other cleaning staff, but also allowed to have her own maid who's been with her for over 30 years. Her car is garaged downstairs, and she can still drive. Not quite what my parents had feared for themselves.