Tips For Seniors Looking For Retirement Communities In Aurora

Dated: 05/13/2019

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States like Florida and Arizona get all the air time when it comes to ultimate retirement destinations, but Colorado is creeping up on them in terms of popularity. An increasing number of seniors are choosing the fresh air and vitality of the mountains over the humid and hot weather in southern states. If you count yourself among those seniors looking for a truly fresh start for retirement, you should consider looking in Aurora, Colorado.

Why Retire in Aurora?

Aesthetically, it doesn’t get much better than Aurora. You are just a short drive from the mountains, which provides a scenic backdrop for all the activities you enjoy. Aurora is considered to be a suburb of Denver, which means retirees can enjoy the slower pace of a smaller city while still having access to all the amenities and entertainment that come with urban life. Aurora is well known for its amazing assortment of breweries and taprooms offering some of the best craft beers around. Dry Dock Brewing Co, the nautical-themed Pilothouse Brewing Company, Launch Pad Brewery and Ursula Brewing, are just a few of the breweries you have at your doorstep in Aurora.

Colorado as a state is also a solid choice for retirees when it comes to tax friendliness. The state’s income tax system allows for a notably large deduction on all retirement income, and property taxes are some of the lowest you’ll find in the U.S. Of note, groceries and medicine are exempt from taxes, which is great news for seniors who may come to rely on an increasing number amount of prescription medications to stay healthy and active.

What Exactly is a Retirement Community?

Retirement communities, also called active adult living or “55-plus” communities, are communities designed for adults who are at least 55 years of age - although the age limit can be as low as 50 or as high as 60 depending on the specific community. Most seniors who live in these communities have retired from their career jobs, although that is not always the case.

A retirement community can be made up of single family homes, condos or apartments. These homes are usually designed with universal design in the floorplans, meaning they come with senior-friendly features for aging in place. Amenities found in these homes may include no-step entryways, wider hallways, or balancing rails in the shower.

The Benefits of Living in a Retirement Community in Aurora

Retirement communities are a popular option for seniors looking for a new home that don’t want to manage the full spectrum of responsibilities that come with owning a home. 55-plus communities offer a wide range of amenities and services designed to help keep seniors as safe and relaxed as possible without sacrificing their independence. Some of the common home maintenance amenities offered in a given retirement community include:

  • Common area maintenance

  • Exterior building maintenance

  • Limited replacement cost coverage insurance

  • Sewer

  • Roof maintenance

  • Termite extermination, if needed

Beyond home maintenance services, these 55-plus communities usually offer a slew of amenities focused on making retirement healthier and more enjoyable for seniors. These amenities may include:

  • Pools

  • Fitness centers

  • Recreational activities

  • Senior happy hours in a community clubhouse

  • Organized outings

  • Gated security for enhanced safety

Your real estate agent can help you comb through all the amenities and particularities of the different retirement communities in order to ensure the one you pick is the best fit for your needs, preferences and overall goals.

Other Senior Living Options in Aurora

Life in a retirement community might sound and look good on paper, but the reality of aging is that many seniors will ultimately require more day to day assistance with certain activities of daily living - such as getting dressed, managing medications or bathing. If you believe that you would benefit from living in a place where you have access to more hands-on assistance while still having a home-like setting, you might want to consider an assisted living facility. There are about over 50 top rated communities in the Aurora area - each offering their own set of amenities to help retirees feel as much independence as possible without leaving them fully on their own to handle emergencies.

Ready to find your new home in beautiful Aurora? Sam Barnes Realty is here to help - not just as your realtor, but also as your friend. Contact us today so we can get started with helping you on your journey to a fulfilling and relaxing retirement in Aurora.

Barbara Thompson

Senior Care Advocate an organization dedicated to supporting senior citizens and their families. Our mission is to raise awareness about the available care options and resources that can help seniors stay connected with their community.

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