Seniors embrace new lifestyles in retirement

Open house tour Oct. 20 to showcase residences at Willow Valley Communities

Bigger isn’t always better
Tiny houses, living simply, living small, and minimalist living are all common buzz words for the current popular movement in which people are choosing to downsize their living space. While the trend could easily be dismissed as a passing fad suitable for reality TV, when examined more closely, there really is something to it.

A shift from things to experiences
The typical American home is around 2,500 square feet, but once children — and the children’s possessions — are moved out, the need for daily-use living space can shrink to less than half that. Often, seniors look around their empty home and desire to spend their time, energy, and financial resources on activities, experiences, and loved ones, instead of on possessions and home maintenance.

Retirement means more time. And more freedom.
Retirement is a time when a person may be retired from paid work, but he or she is certainly not retired from active life. Seniors today are living longer and are in much better health than ever before, and they are discovering they don’t want to spend their time working on maintaining a big house filled with many possessions that go untouched and unused. They find that they would much rather spend their time pursuing passions and creating memories from experiences with those they love.

Willow Valley Communities embraces this lifestyle with a secure future in mind
Many residents of Willow Valley Communities, a 55-plus senior living community in Lancaster, have enthusiastically embraced this mindset — including the added security of Lifecare. Getting rid of extra space and extra clutter in their homes also means freeing them to engage more fully in this time of life.
With Willow Valley Communities’ Lifecare, seniors are able to pursue their passions in retirement without worrying about the future. Lifecare is a unique and financially smart type of contract that provides residents short- or long-term care — should it be needed later — without an increase to their monthly fee because of the increased level of care.
Willow Valley Communities is the only exclusively Lifecare community in Lancaster County — strikingly different from other communities that often charge a daily rate for increased care, which can quickly deplete assets.

Designed for people
Willow Valley Communities’ philosophy is to “design for people” rather than to “design for seniors.” This allows for meeting the needs of today’s seniors who are seeking environments that anticipate and reach their evolving desires of today and tomorrow, with a full spectrum of activities and services in between. With specially designed, smartly appointed one- or two-bedroom apartments, residents are able to live their lives to the fullest while connecting with new friends.
At Willow Valley Communities, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and pursue passions with a variety of independent living options, as well as an impressive array of award-winning lifestyle amenities and programs.
Willow Valley Communities offers an 80,000-square-foot Cultural Center with fitness and aquatic centers, day spa, art gallery, and 500-seat performing arts theater, plus a 30,000-square-foot Clubhouse that boasts a bowling alley, vintage arcade, outdoor pool, and tennis courts. Residents enjoy 11 dining venues featuring locally sourced ingredients. More than 100 clubs, art studios, woodworking shops, gardening plots, stocked fishing ponds, and model railroad platforms are available for those who want to follow their passion or discover an exciting new one.

The Lifecare difference in senior living
Willow Valley Communities, with its beautiful and smart living spaces surrounded by lovely common areas and amenities, stimulating activities and programs, gives seniors the freedom to live more intentionally and purposefully. Coupled with the security of Lifecare, which is care for one’s lifetime, seniors have the freedom to be more present with those they love. Bigger is not always better; living smaller, living more simply gives you more space in your life to pursue your passions — and their unique Lifecare model adds peace of mind for the future because fees are predictable.

See for yourself at the Explore Retirement Living Open House on Saturday, Oct. 20
Satisfy your curiosity about Willow Valley Communities and ask about Lifecare at the eighth annual Explore Retirement Living Open House on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve ever wondered about Willow Valley Communities, just 3 miles south of Lancaster, this open house is the perfect time to drop in and take a look. No RSVP is necessary. A shuttled tour begins at the Manor Club, 211 Willow Valley Square. Refreshments will also be served. For more information, call Willow Valley Communities at 800-770-5445.