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What Is the Best Age to Move into Independent Living?

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Some seniors put off enjoying their retirement years because they don’t think they’re “old enough” to live in a senior living community. Actually, getting a jump start on your retirement can give you extra years to enjoy a rewarding lifestyle and make the most of your community’s amenities. In other words, the best age to move into independent living may be less about a number and more about a way of life.


Maintenance-free Living

One of the greatest advantages of independent living is the freedom from responsibility. Keeping up with a house is time-consuming, especially if you have a sizable yard to mow or a long driveway that requires snow shoveling. In a community like The Oaks at Denville, you can count on maintenance-free living. That means our team takes care of all of your maintenance needs, inside and out. Your time is yours, whether you spend it exploring the surrounding community, taking part in resident activities, or socializing with your new neighbors. If that sounds appealing, the best age to move into independent living may be when you’re ready to begin enjoying the freedom of maintenance-free living.


Social Opportunities

For many people, their social circle becomes smaller as the years rush by. Especially once you retire and spend more time at home, you may find that you miss having personal connections with others. If that’s the case, it could be that the best age to move into independent living is when you start feeling lonely. As a resident of a senior living community, you’ll be able to continue living independently while being surrounded by neighbors in the same stage of life, many of whom share your interests and life goals. If you tend to be more reserved, the social advantages of senior living may be even greater since programs are designed to encourage residents to socialize. After all, socializing is good for you; it benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health.


Amenities & Activities

Retirement is supposed to be your reward for years of hard work. That reward is sweetest if you’re able to enjoy it while you’re still young and active. At The Oaks, our residents enjoy access to a host of amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, strolling through the community, and venturing out to explore Denville’s charming downtown area. Nightly entertainment, volunteer opportunities, art classes, and more fill our activities calendar, so you’ll never run out of things to do. You might even discover a new hobby or passion.


Nutrition & Wellness

If preparing nutritious meals isn’t your forte, the best age to move into independent living is when you’re happy to let someone else work their culinary magic. That’s just what happens at The Oaks. Our chef’s table in the dining room is a great gathering spot for demonstrations, and our Bistro is ideal for a casual meal. You’re also always welcome to dine in the comfort of your apartment while enjoying our culturally diverse menu featuring plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients. Beyond the dining options, our award-winning senior wellness program focuses on whole-person wellness and provides customized programming to help you keep learning, growing, and living your best life.


Peace of Mind

You’re likely to discover many unknowns when planning your retirement future. Moving to an independent living apartment in a Life Plan Community is one way to give yourself and your loved ones a sense of security about your future. In a Life Plan Community, you’ll have guaranteed access to the care you need if your health changes over time. Your loved ones are also likely to appreciate knowing you’re settled in a close-knit neighborhood where a team of caring and compassionate professionals are watching out for you.


Our Verdict: Choose Sooner Than Later

As you can see, the best age to move into independent living isn’t really about a date on the calendar at all. It’s more about how you wish to live and enjoy your retirement years. If you’re considering independent living in Denville, be sure to visit us for a personal tour and more information about our independent living community.

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