The Future of Active Adult Communities

by Brittany Waddell on February 8, 2019

Active adult communities are ideal for individuals who are looking to live among people their own age and maintain an active lifestyle. Not only can you live in a safe and reliable community that enables you to come and go as you please, but you will find it is easier and quicker to make friends simply because you are around people in a similar stage of like and that share similar interests. Active adult communities are continuously evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of 55+ homebuyers. Let’s take a look at the latest trends and developments in active adult communities.

Land and Farm 

Many active adult communities nowadays are incorporating natural land and farming by offering gardening plots to their residents. There is an incredible drive among residents in these communities to be active in farming and gardening due to the associated health and environmental benefits. Many communities not only have a garden that all seniors can participate in, but they may encourage gardening for each individual owner within their own backyard. Some active adult communities even feature farm-to-table restaurants with cuisine made directly from produce harvested in the community’s gardens.

Maintaining Independence 

Independence is at the forefront of all active adult communities, allowing seniors to stay as active as possible while living on their own. This is beneficial for people who want to live alone, but still need help with lawn maintenance and property care. When you are able to live on your own while still being in a caring and safe environment, it makes it easier for you to know that you have made the right decision. 

Senior Wellness 

Most active adult communities emphasize health and wellness. These communities not only offer screening options and doctor recommendations for residents, but there is often a full gym available to those who would like to remain active. Some communities even offer wellness classes that teach residents how to live healthier lives.

Baby Boomers 

As a growing number of baby boomers prefer to age in place, many active adult communities are beginning to offer senior living services and facilities. These communities accommodate the baby boomer generation in various stages of life. From active lifestyle activities to on-site healthcare, active adult communities are increasingly meeting the needs of baby boomers. 

Technological Advances 

There are many technological advances occurring in active adult communities that involve home automation, smart phone applications, and voice command features. Active adult communities are accommodating people who want to stay up to date on the latest and greatest advancements in the technology field, and stay connected to the world around them. Many communities offer computer rooms for individuals who want to stay connected, and an increasing number of communities feature smart homes with automated thermostats, surveillance, lights, and more.

Future Predictions 

Active adult communities are much different than they were just a few decades ago and continue to change and grow with the times. From increasingly popular home automation features and self-driving cars to wellness amenities and green living features, active adult communities are at the forefront of technological advancement and sustainability. As developers incorporate innovative design features and accommodate the changing needs of baby boomers, the future of active adult communities remains bright.



Brittany Waddell is a contributing writer and media specialist for Land and Farm. She often produces content for a variety of blog sites.