The Perks of Living in a 55+ Active Adult Community

What is a 55+ active adult community?

[Updated: December 29, 2023 | Published: December 29, 2023]

The Bailey at Bridge Park Luxury 55+ active adult communityAs you approach age 55, you may find that maintaining a big, luxurious home is starting to feel less satisfying. Perhaps you yearn for a more unencumbered lifestyle that allows you to focus on what you want to experience and accomplish. However, you may not feel ready for a traditional retirement community. And downsizing to a regular apartment or condominium might not feel like a step forward. That’s why 55+ active adult communities have emerged to offer a simpler yet more fulfilling lifestyle.

“At Friendship Village of Dublin, we believe that every person has a unique journey, and we are committed to helping people live the life they desire, on their terms,” said CEO Rita Doherty. “We have designed The Bailey at Bridge Park, our very own 55+ active adult community, to offer modern luxury living tailored for Columbus-area adults who seek a socially engaged, maintenance-free lifestyle.”

Located in Dublin’s prestigious Bridge Park neighborhood, The Bailey will feature spacious luxury apartments, social gathering places, underground parking and other amenities, all with easy access to exciting dining, shopping, and entertainment options in downtown Dublin, Ohio.

This sleek residence is designed for central Ohio residents aged 55 and older who desire a hassle-free lifestyle, allowing them to focus on personal goals such as expanding a business, traveling globally, and spending time with their loved ones. The Bailey’s 87 well-appointed apartments are located in a pet-friendly, smoke-free building in an elegant, walkable social setting.

“Active adult communities are on the rise as people who are still relatively healthy and independent look for more lifestyle-oriented living arrangements,” Doherty said. “We partnered with developer Crawford-Hoying to bring the first senior living community to the  30-acre mixed-use Bridge Park development. It’s the perfect setting for locals who want to enjoy active adult living.”

Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about age-restricted communities like the Bailey and how they fit within the full range of senior living options.

What is a 55+ Active Adult Community?

Group of 55+ adults in an active adult communityActive adult communities are becoming increasingly popular among members of the Baby Boomer and Gen X generations. These communities are designed for middle-aged to older adults who wish to live independently while enjoying resort-style amenities, convenient services and opportunities for social engagement.

Active adult communities can be age-restricted or age-targeted. The Fair Housing Act requires that at least 80 percent of the living units in an age-restricted community have at least one person 55 or older. Age-targeted communities are marketed to those 55 and older but are not limited to that age bracket. The Bailey is an age-restricted community.

Benefits of Active Adult Communities

Active older adults socializing.

Living in a community dedicated to individuals aged 55 and over has many advantages. One is a low-maintenance, retirement-friendly lifestyle. You can enjoy freedom from tedious home maintenance tasks, giving you more time to embrace life the life you want. For instance, instead of worrying about mowing the lawn or painting the garage, you can travel on short notice, pursue hobbies, socialize with peers or engage in your favorite pastimes.

Living in a community with people your age fosters a sense of belonging. This can be especially important for solo agers, people who have experienced loss or those who find it difficult to connect.

55+ communities inspire an active and social lifestyle by organizing events, clubs, and activities that foster social engagement. A key feature is spaces that encourage residents to come together and connect. For example, The Bailey at Bridge Park will offer an outdoor social deck with green space, a grilling area, a bocce court and outdoor entertainment space. Residents will also enjoy a private dining area, an on-site gym, a concierge, an activities director and lifestyle programming. These amenities are maintained by the community, so you don’t have to worry about upkeep.

Bridge Park, Dublin, Ohio
Sunset at Bridge Park

Attractive locations are another major draw. You’ll find active adult communities near shopping areas, parks, healthcare facilities and recreational areas, allowing convenient access to essential services and activities.

For example, The Bailey is just steps from Bridge Park restaurants and entertainment and a short drive to three major medical centers.

Retirees in 55+ rental communities are empowered by their ability to change their minds and embrace new possibilities. You sign a lease and don’t need a large down payment. When your lease is up, you can decide whether you’re happy where you are or ready for a new adventure.

Finally, 55+ active adult communities can offer a sense of security. Many communities have gated entries and hire security personnel. This added layer of protection can provide peace of mind, especially for those living alone.

55+ active adult communities can be a great option for those looking to simplify their lifestyle while pursuing a vibrant social life. These communities offer a high quality of life with plentiful amenities, activities, and services.  So, if you’re nearing retirement and looking to simplify your life, consider a 55+ active adult community for the next chapter of your life.

“Joining an active adult community allows you to spend your time pursuing activities you love with like-minded people while offering many added services and amenities,” Doherty said. “They can also serve as a waypoint between home ownership and moving to a LifeCare community like Friendship Village of Dublin.”

Key Differences Between 55+ Communities and Traditional Senior Living

While active adult communities and independent living communities share similarities such as hosting organized events for community members and offering a variety of on-site or nearby amenities, you should note some key differences.

One distinction is that most 55+ communities don’t provide meal plans, housekeeping or transportation services. They cater to individuals who want to have a great deal of choice and control in their daily lives. If you love to cook and decide where to eat out, an active adult community might be a good choice. It offers an ideal balance of engagement, community and independence.

LifeCare communities like Friendship Village of Dublin include meal plans, housekeeping, transportation, utilities and many other services in a single monthly fee.

Spacious suite at Alderwood Health & Rehab
Spacious suite at Alderwood Health & Rehab

Another key difference is that active adult communities typically do not offer healthcare or long-term care. Residents are responsible for their own healthcare needs. Because The Bailey is affiliated with Friendship Village of Dublin, however, you may be able to choose a doctor at our private medical practice operated by Central Ohio Primary Care. If you are 62 or older, you also have the option to join our Friendship At Home lifecare at home program.

LifeCare communities offer various healthcare and long-term care services on their premises. Residents can easily switch to higher levels of care without having to relocate. At Friendship Village of Dublin, LifeCare guarantees access to Waterford Place Assisted Living, Alderwood Health & Rehab and Rowan House Memory Care communities for a predictable rate, even if your needs change.

Your Next Chapter is Waiting. Let’s Write it Together!

Middle-aged woman enjoying the freedom of an active adult communityAre you preparing for the next phase of your life? You’ll want to explore all your options to ensure a stress-free future.

With over 40 years of excellence, Friendship Village of Dublin continuously reimagines senior living to suit each new generation’s dreams, desires and aspirations. Here, you’ll find more options for living your best life.

The Bailey at Bridge Park

Coming to you in Summer 2024! Bask in 55+ luxury rental living in Dublin’s exclusive Bridge Park neighborhood.

Friendship At Home

Love your current home too much to leave? Enjoy premium LifeCare right where you are, securing your health and financial future.

Resort-Style Living

With over $100 million in recent upgrades, Friendship Village of Dublin offers central Ohio’s premier senior living experience. Here, you’ll enjoy luxe amenities, vivacious companionship, state-of-the-art continuing care and the financial security of LifeCare.

Choose Your Adventure!

Reach out and sketch out your future with Friendship Village of Dublin.

Schedule an appointment using the form below or call 614.426.0334 to speak with one of our residency counselors.





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