Advice Independent Living

Seven Ways to Maximize Your Retirement


You have worked hard your entire professional career, making smart decisions, planning ahead and imagining your retirement. Now, the time has come to, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Live the life you’ve imagined.” As you step into this next phase of life and imagine your next chapter, here is a look at seven ways to maximize your retirement:


1. Do What You Enjoy

The moment you have been waiting for is here—focus on and do the things you want and delegate the rest. This is one of the many benefits for residents of Independent Living communities. Tedious and time-consuming tasks, such as maintaining the home, shoveling, lawn care and housekeeping, are taken care of. You do not have to worry about the upkeep of a home. We call it “carefree living,” and that is just one of the conveniences offered through a senior living community. Can you imagine this type of carefree lifestyle for yourself?


2. Make Your Own Schedule

This is your retirement, after all, so it only makes sense that you dictate your schedule. Independent Living residents enjoy numerous activities and programs that stimulate their minds, engage their bodies and fuel their spirits. From art, yoga and cocktail hours to lectures, meditation and games, you can handpick what interests you. It is up to you to do as much or as little as you would like. Are you looking for something not currently offered? Speak up, and it can easily be added to the resident-driven activities and program calendar.


3. Choose Dinner À La Carte, Every Night

Whether you want to dine in one of the on-campus restaurants, enjoy a meal out on the town or prepare a delicious gourmet treat in your fully applianced apartment home, Independent Living communities give you a wide variety of options to satisfy your palate. Without having to worry about cooking and doing dishes seven days a week (unless you so choose), you immediately get more of your valuable time back in the day. Plus, it has never been easier to invite family and friends over for a celebration or meal together!


4. Enjoy The 3 Rs

This chapter of your life is about the 3 Rs—retirement, rest and relaxation! How do you prefer to unwind and decompress? Maybe you enjoy doing laps in a heated pool, reading a book in the library or taking a nature walk. Now imagine if these amenities were all easily accessible. In many Independent Living communities, such luxuries are within walking distance, allowing you to make yourself and your time priorities.


5. Look & Feel Good

Many of us get a confidence boost after visiting salons and barbershops. Having these professionals on site to get your hair cut and/or colored makes it even more convenient. All residents can essentially be walk-ins for hair and nail appointments as available.


6. Bring Fido

If you are a pet owner, you know firsthand that they are part of the family. Wherever you go, they go—and fortunately, some Independent Living communities allow you to bring your furry friend with you. Allergic to pets? No problem—you can limit your visitors to people.


7. Get Peace of Mind

It is never too early to begin planning for the unexpected. When you choose a Lifecare contract, you are thinking ahead to ensure a full continuum of care is available. Whenever that time approaches, you can rest assured that you will get the care you need when you need it, all at a predictable cost. When it comes to your well-being, peace of mind is priceless.

As you prepare to maximize your retirement, did any of the above areas interest you and help you better imagine the possibilities of your future? The good news is, those are all benefits offered at The Commons in Lincoln. It is no wonder our residents love their retirement lifestyle.

Maybe you never considered a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) before because you were concerned with losing your freedom. At Independent Living communities, you can live your life the way you want, free of inconveniences and burdens. Enjoy amenities modeled around your passions and interests. Simply put, The Commons in Lincoln offers you the lifestyle you deserve!

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