55 and Older Communities55 and Older Communities

If you’ve ever day-dreamed about living in a vacation-like setting year-round – or maybe just never having to mow your yard again – an age-specific community might be the perfect fit for you. Growing in popularity, 55+ communities are specifically designed to bring together active seniors in a resort-like community, providing numerous lifestyle amenities and activities for a single, all-inclusive fee.

Considered “dorms” for the older population, these communities allow residents to stay in their same city or area near family, but release them from the responsibilities of owning and maintaining a private home. The housing options vary across the country, ranging from luxury high-rise apartments, to rural manufactured home, to golf-course settings, or even activity-specific locations like boating or RV communities.

Most include attractive conveniences tailored to active seniors, such as gyms, pools, central activity centers with groups and planned activities, hobby shops, and even movie theaters. And since the maintenance of the housing is included in the rent fee and managed by the community, residents never have to worry about paying for separate taxes, utility bills, lawn care, or repairs. An additional goal of the 55+ communities is to make it very convenient to conduct daily life with as little stress as possible, with proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, banks, libraries and churches.

Many of these communities do maintain specific guidelines about who can live in the community, with government-mandated rules about required ages of residents; many seniors enjoy the fact that this draws together a very specific group of peers more likely to have many things in common. It is important to note that because these communities are aimed specifically at active seniors, most do not offer medical care or rehabilitation services found in continuous care facilities or nursing homes.

When researching the best age-specific community for you, it’s important to do your homework and ask many questions, just as you would when purchasing a home. If you’re able, visit and get to know some of the existing residents and consider whether you would like to have people like these over for dinner, for instance. Look carefully at the financials and history of the community itself, and read the fine print about repair costs and included maintenance services. Some communities include HOA-like bylaws for their apartments or condos, so be sure to review and ensure that it aligns with your own personal lifestyle, especially regarding pets and what type of customization you can make to your residence.

Age-specific communities allow seniors to enjoy their golden years while meeting new, like-minded friends and enjoying easy access to numerous activities, social engagements, and amenities. With a little research and an open mind, you’re sure to find the perfect senior community for the next chapter of your life.

Get started finding a community near you at SeniorAdvisor.com today.

Megan Hammons lives in the Central Texas countryside just outside of Austin, pursuing her love for copywriting after a career in high-tech marketing. She is part of a large, diverse family and enjoys spending time with the multiple generations living in her community.


  1. cloudy sears May 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi my name is cloudy.andi would like you t hear my story.iam 58 yearsolds.i have been living with this guy for 8years.but for three years we have just living together as just friends i live with him in his dads house.the house is pay for.now i pay for my part of sometimes now and than the elec.gas food and also if in times we have to pawn something to get by. I have pay a big money back t help out.but then again when i go somewhere with out him.hes on his cellphone leaving me message and as soon as i take them off.i have 5or 6more of them.he doesn’t give me time t come home and talk the issues about anything.so im standing outside with all my clothes in bags.and him telling me i dont live there anymore to go away or he’s going t call the cops on me.ok so i leave then he’s calling. Me t come back. He talks t me like as if he’s my tearth and im in school and can’t. Do or say nothing t him.or act like hes my dad.i have been cleaning his house all this time.but i just can’t do it anymore.lm on ssi.i hurt every day of my life.house is in the lates 1920s.the house is not up to living that we needed.also when he drops anything on the floor it stays on the floor till i put it up.please all i ask is please help me find a place t live.we have adog in the house.i need my own place.can u please help me.

    • Amelia Willson May 20, 2015 Reply

      Hi Cloudy, thanks for reaching out. Are you looking for help finding a caregiver for this man or his dad or would you like to find a different home for yourself? Please give us a call at 800-805-3621 and we’ll help you consider your options based on your needs and budget.

  2. JOYCE L LEWIS September 24, 2015 Reply

    I am 75 years young. I have a mortgage on my home. I would like to sell my home and move into a 55+ community in the Palm Coast FL area. I am interested in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath ,pet friendly place to live.

    • Amelia Willson September 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for reading! You can read reviews of 55+ communities in Palm Coast here: https://www.senioradvisor.com/palm-coast-fl/independent-living If you’d like free expert help learning about which communities are pet-friendly and fit your budget, please give us a call at (866) 592-8119.

  3. J. Nicholl October 14, 2015 Reply

    I am a 55 year old single male on SSI disability, so my finances are very limited but stable. I have no pets.

    I am looking for a one bedroom apartment in the $300 range, and/or subsidized independent living facilities for 55+ and/or disabled.

    I am presently in California, but I do not need to stay here. I kind of prefer the west coast. Idaho in the Boise area sounds like a nice place to move to.

    Information on such places would be very much helpful and appreciated.

  4. Callum Palmer July 5, 2019 Reply

    My parents are looking into moving to one of these communities. Now as you said here, a place like this would allow them to do more things with family and friends as it relieves them from taking care of a normal home. I think that there are a few places by me that offer this so I’ll be sure to look more into it when I can.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Our expert Senior Living Advisors are here to help.

Learn about your care options, local communities, pricing and more, with our free services. Complete the form below to receive a call.

First & Last Name

Email Address

Phone Number

By clicking Submit, you agree to our Terms of Use. You also consent to receive calls and texts, which may be autodialed, from us and our customer communities. Your consent is not a condition to using our service. Please visit our Privacy Policy for information about our privacy practices.