People just can't figure out where I moved to. It's not hard. It's a 55+ apartment complex. You have to be 55 or older to live here and it's an apartment. How simple is that?
But, I don't know how many people ask things like 'What do they serve in the dining room?' 'It must be nice to have your apartment cleaned by someone else' or 'I am not sure I'd want someone else doing my laundry'.
Folks, I am my housekeeper. I scrub toilets, mop floors, make beds (even though changing the fitted sheets are getting more difficult). I cook my meals (when I don't eat out). I do it all.
Oh, it's nice to have the lawn maintained and if there are any repairs to be done... George is right on it! He's the maintenence boss. He's really nice. He teases me because he's only been in my apartment one time in the over two years he's worked here. I told him I didn't want to stir up any trouble. He laughed. Now, there are some who are constantly complaining. That's just not me.
I think, when I said I was moving in 2014, people thought 'hey, she's old. She must be going into an assisted living facility'. I may be old but I am not needing any help. Not yet.
People think Del Webb started the senior communities in the early 1960s. He called it Sun City. But, the first one was built in Youngtown, Az. in 1954.
A century ago and longer, when a person got old they moved in with their kids. (heaven forbid) and sat around waiting to die. Times have changed, my dears. Independence is the topmost priority nowadays. And, we sure aren't sitting around. Isn't it grand to go into your 80s and 90s still kicking up your heels (well, maybe that wasn't a good word but you know what I mean).
I hope the powers that be see the need for more and more senior apartment complexes. And, by the way. 55+. Where did they come up with that! 55 is not senior!!
I love where I live. I am surrounded by the younger set (50s and 60s) and most of them still work. Then we have those who are active even in their 80s (like me). But, we do have a few wheelchair folks and more with rollators. I don't see walkers anymore. Most of the oldsters are still active.
I am loving living in this time of my life. Being 'old' I can get away with a lot of things and still get into a lot of things. The best of both worlds.