Making a move to a senior living community can be the beginning of a wonderful experience, freeing you from the responsibility of home and yard maintenance and allowing you to take advantage of new friendships, learning experiences and social activities that will enrich your life and keep you as active as you wish to be.

At first thought, it might be a bit disconcerting to plan a move, whether it's across town or across the country. But if you choose your new surroundings based on your interests and enthusiasms, chances are you'll find the balance you need between current life and future well being. For many seniors who have made such a move, the only question is why they didn't do it sooner!

There are many reasons to move on, once you reach retirement age and the "empty nester" stage of life. Some couples move to be closer to grandchildren, to enjoy year-round warm weather, or to make it easier to travel when they wish. Still others feel a bit isolated in their former communities once children move on, but they're still active and involved, looking for others of the same age with similar interests. Still another reason to look as a senior community is the need to explore new options following a life-changing event: a major illness or the death of a spouse.

Whatever your personal circumstances, you will want to hone in on the amenities, activities and cultural life of the retirement communities you consider. If you love opera, museums and city lights, you might love an urban high rise apartment, but despise a suburban golfing community. On the other hand, if you enjoy long walks with your dog, reading novels in solitude and taking extended drives through the country, you would no doubt rankle at the frequent social activities that are a hallmark of some active senior communities.

Because it all boils down to personal preference, it can pay to begin your search well in advance of your expected move. If you've been dreaming about the day you can move to the Arizona desert, why not begin to explore that dream today?

Located in Green Valley, Arizona, Arroyo Gardens offers an exceptional amenity-filled lifestyle that is extraordinarily appealing. Want to have a look?

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