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September 26th, 2017 10:46 AM

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Whether planning to remain in a current area, or wanting to make a move, determining how “age friendly” a new area is might be a very important step to improve quality of life as we get older.

An age-friendly community is a residential area designed to make it easy to walk (or take a short commute) to all the places you need: a grocery store, restaurants/shops, entertainment venues and more.  Affordable, community transportation may also be available for short commutes.  Such a community encourages social interactions and provides opportunities for involvement.  The flexibility of an age-friendly community means it is able to meet a wide range of needs for the residents.

Age-friendly communities aim to revere the wisdom, experience and abilities of older members of the community, engaging them in volunteer positions and as mentors.  These communities are also designed to encourage walking for health and pleasure, while offering benches and seating areas for rest. 

Ridgewood Lakes certainly qualifies as an age-friendly community, with two separate 55+ communities, High Vista and Del Webb Orlando.  Both have amenities that appeal to a wide range of interests and the homes are built with the standards needed for senior residents.  The location is convenient to grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, hospitals and medical facilities, and entertainment of all kinds.  Activities are led mostly by volunteers and a tremendous amount of talent is shared with the residents.  There are plenty of places to walk or ride a bike, and lots of nature to enjoy along the way. 

To find how age-friendly a community is, enter a location into AARP’s Livability Index (livabilityindex.aarp.org) and learn its score across seven dimensions . . . . housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. 

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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