CDS Community Development Strategies
For those of us approaching old age the question often arises “why can’t I just stay where I am”. Well maybe you could, at least for now. The practical issue is, why the heck would anyone even consider making the effort to move into something other than a comfortable single family home or nice garden apartment? How could any alternative environment possibly be better suited to our new found, albeit grudgingly appreciated, situation. Well, let’s examine the precept. The idea here is to maintain our dignity, lose the extra rooms and stairs we don’t need while preserving our cherished independent lifestyle. Even the vaguest thought of life in an institutional retirement home is totally frightening, and out of the question for many. So, let’s get serious here, what are our options?
Well, our friends in the real estate development business understand the conundrum and have come up with a notion that addresses seniors’ needs and at the same time allows one to feel good about themselves. The concept is known as “Active Adult Living.” It does have a ring to it! And, it seems that many of us have slowly but surely accepted the fact that Active Adult Living is a plausible solution. In fact, more and more of my peers have already made the move. Personally, I’m still suspicious of the whole thing; just saying the words Active Adult reminds gives me visions of wheelchairs and mushy peas.
About the Author: Kent Dussair founded CDS in 1971 for the purpose of providing professional market and economic research and consulting services. With over 50 years of professional experience, Kent continues to help CDS implement and evaluate effective qualitative research.