What do you envision for the next act of your life? Regardless of your goals or lifestyle, independent living can help you write the perfect script. Due to outdated myths about senior living, people often dismiss it or don’t consider it an option. However, it is a great choice with a myriad of advantages. At WesleyLife communities, the definition of independent living focuses on the power of choice, maintenance-free living, and vibrant and engaged communities.
Community is crucial for people in all stages of life, and it’s at the core of independent living. It is a place to make new friends, spend time exploring passions and hobbies, and live the life of your dreams.
Let’s dispel some common independent living myths once and for all.
Myth #1: Independent living is for sick people.
Most seniors describe their health as good or excellent — which is perfect for independent living. The right community complements your good health by making it simple to stay active, remain social, and eat better. With diverse dining options, plentiful opportunities for exercise, and a busy activities calendar, it’s easy to stay active, participate in a new and welcoming community, and prioritize both your mental and physical health. Forget the old myth that communities are only for people who need medical care.
Myth #2: 55 is too young for independent living.
Independent living is designed for people ages 55 and older. Considering people now remain active and healthier much longer, it might not surprise you that residents enjoy mountain biking, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and becoming organizers in their communities. Many adults enjoying independent living find that with the support and amenities offered, they have more time to start new businesses, master a hobby, or reach fitness goals. At WesleyLife communities, you have access to activities, but are not obligated to participate. No one will be “checking up on you.” You can live in a home you own or rent—nestled in a maintained, amenity-rich community—and enjoy more of the parts of life you love.
Myth #3: Independent living is boring.
Independent living helps you shed the boring aspects of life (e.g., taking out the garbage, cleaning, pulling weeds) so you can focus on what brings you joy. WesleyLife communities offer robust programming and amenities, such as fitness classes, wine nights, art studios, live music, dance classes, virtual golf, community excursions, and so much more. Additionally, our communities are located in vibrant towns, and many residents are involved in the greater community.
It’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your time. For some residents, an evening curled up with a good book, cozy blanket, and cup of tea represents the apotheosis of pleasure. For others, an enjoyable life is about being out on the town and trying new things every day. And for many, it’s the combination of quiet independent time and exciting social activities that makes life feel meaningful. Many residents find that their life in independent living is much like their lives before — with the bonus of never having to shovel their driveways again.
Myth #4: I won’t have freedom or independence.
Our independent living communities offer all the same freedoms of life at home. Our job is to enable you to live the life you want, no matter what it is or what activities it involves. Do you enjoy our community yoga class? Great, we’ll see you there! Do you prefer to go to the studio in Des Moines that you love? Go for it! It’s all up to you.
Independent living even makes some feel more independent because they are no longer worried about the burdens of home maintenance. Others find that independent living makes it easier to focus on their health, empowering them to steadily build strength and enjoy greater independence and stamina as a result. If you ever do need help, we’re here for you. However, our job is to support independence, not curtail it.
Myth #5: I won’t be able to see my loved ones.
Your home in a WesleyLife community is your home, and your loved ones can visit anytime. In fact, many residents find that they have a steady stream of visitors who want in on the fun they’re having. Our maintenance-free homes also make entertaining easier. And in some families, independent living improves family relationships by eliminating worries about loved ones aging alone.
Myth #6: Independent living is too expensive.
WesleyLife offers many pricing options depending on your needs and the community you choose. Many independent living communities offer all-in-one options with a single price tag that covers your most basic needs, including your home, meals, housekeeping, and amenities. This makes it easier to predict your expenses and stick to a monthly budget.
You can bid farewell to unexpected housing costs, freeing your budget to focus on enjoyment and personal growth. For many, an independent living community is less expensive than remaining in their homes. Have questions about pricing? Our team would love to talk with you about our range of options.
Ready to learn more about our definition of independent living and the WesleyLife difference? Check out our free guide, Getting Started with Senior Living.