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Independent Living For Seniors

Independent Living For Seniors

If you are searching for “independent living for seniors” or “what is independent living for seniors“, let SLS Communities be your guide!

What Is Independent Living?

Independent living is a housing arrangement for seniors who have reached the age of 55 and up. However, there are a few exceptions to this. Housing for seniors vary in types, such as apartment living to free-standing homes, including retirement communities. Independent living housing has a friendly atmosphere, allow seniors get around with ease, are more compact, and any maintenance and/or groundwork is taken care of.

Nearly all communities for living independently offer their residents various programs and activities, amenities, and various other services.  Housing for independent living usually include clubhouse and/or recreational centers allowing seniors a chance to interact with others in the community. Independent living also offers community participation in arts, crafts, gatherings on holidays, educational classes, movie nights, among many other community activities.

The housing for independent living might even offer other facilities like fitness centers, golf courses, swimming pools, interest groups, a variety of clubs, and tennis courts. There are many other services that independent living communities may offer, such as: beauty & barber shops, on-site spas, basic housekeeping, daily meals, and laundry services.

After all, independent living facilities are usually focused on those who have reached the age of 55 and up, created and designed to give an atmosphere of living independent, but with assistance available in areas where it may be needed. Hiring in-home help is an option for those who feel they need it.

How Much Does Independent Living Cost?

How Much Does Independent Senior Living Cost

On average, independent living costs about $3,750 per year with average prices ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 per year in the U.S., according to whereyoulivematters.com. Of course, the cost of independent living varies by location, region, and provider.

Benefits Of Independent Living

Here are just a few benefits that independent living residents enjoy daily:

Maintenance-Free Living

One of the greatest upsides of independent living is freedom from the day to day tasks associated with homeownership. Your loved one will no longer be responsible for taking care of the yard or repairing a running toilet. Maintenance and housekeeping employees are available to take on these and other tasks so they can focus on other aspects of their life.

All-Inclusive Rent

Days of numerous bills are long gone. In an independent living community, every bill – think utilities, rent, and even the cable bill — are combined into one, easy, monthly payment. The general cost of moving into an independent living community can additionally be financially beneficial. If your loved one is downsizing from their present home, independent living can help decrease their monthly spending and allow them to use their money in other ways.

Social Interactions

Getting older comes with uncommon challenges – One of them is making new friends. But living in an independent community means they’re surrounded by others in similar stages of life. And without additional responsibilities like home upkeep or grocery shopping to be concerned about — plus a team of employees who are committed to planning daily activities — making it easy to connect with like-minded people and take in the benefits of continual social interactions.

Independent Living In Arizona

With independent living communities all across the valley, SLS Communities offers the very best facilities and services for senior citizens. Independent communities are currently located in Sedona, Mesa, Peoria and Surprise, Arizona. Living options include studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, all inside relaxing, resort-style communities. Enjoy weekly trips to shopping, restaurants and entertainment centers. A wide range of activities will be sure to entice all residents, as well!

Independent Living Features:

  • Housekeeping Services
  • Full Activities Program
  • Utilities
  • Basic Cable
  • Pool And Jacuzzi
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Game Room
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Laundry Facilities
  • And More!

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Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

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For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

Written by craig braddick

Golf Clubs For Seniors

Golf truly is a game for a lifetime and modern advances in golf equipment have kept seniors playing the game they love for longer. But whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, it is a game where the appeal never fades. In this article, we are going to talk about the various categories of clubs. Although we will not be recommending particular brands, the information will be very useful in making your next golf purchases.

Senior Does Not Mean Senior Or Does it?

Just because you are getting on in years it does not mean you automatically need senior flex shafts in your clubs. But if your clubhead speed has lessened over the years, how you assemble your set of clubs may be the key to lower scores. Known as “set make-up” – it really comes down to putting the clubs in your bag that give you the best chance of playing well. The late Arnold Palmer played golf against the kids on the PGA Tour well into his seventies as well as playing senior golf. One of his secrets was he adapted his equipment. He put more flexible shafts in his clubs, increased the loft on his driver, added some fairway woods and hybrids as well as oversized cavity back irons, wedges he felt comfortable with and rocked the modern putter for many years. Let’s look at each category of equipment for some ideas. By the way, although you can buy new and get totally custom fitted, there is now a burgeoning used golf club market, especially online. You can save money and still get great playing golf clubs!

Driver

The USGA (United States Golf Association) has set rules regarding the flexibility of driver faces so any top make driver made after 2010 or so should have a similar amount of face flexing. The 4 things the senior should look for are these:

1. Loft. Loft is your friend in golf. The Chances are you do not hit the ball as far as you used too. And yes, you may still be able to hit it out there 250 yards, but it is a fair bet the average is a lot less. A way to pick up some additional yards is to improve the “carry” distance on your tee shots and more loft helps you to do that. A lot of manufacturers offer Drivers in the 12-15 degree range of loft and they are definitely worth checking out if you can leave your ego alone!

2. Shaft length and weight. Many drivers are 46 inches long, yet the average driver length on the PGA Tour is 44.5 inches long. If you try a shorter driver, you will surprise yourself how much easier it is to hit the sweet spot and gain yardage by trimming an inch to an inch and a half off the grip end. It will not really impact the shaft flex but you can always add a little lead tape to the head if you like (one of Arnold Palmer’s tricks!)

3. Face Angle. Nowadays many drivers come with adjustable face angles to help counteract a tendency to hook or slice the ball. If you are a slicer, some manufacturers offer drivers with offset heads to reduce the slice and improve the launch angle of the ball.

4. Head size. There are some seniors who are just not comfortable with the 400cc to 460cc head size on modern drivers. Although you will give up a little distance on all but the purest hits, looking at some old school titanium club heads in the 250cc to 350cc range may help you find some confidence you can square the club up at impact. This may be especially the case if the shaft is also shortened and the loft is at least 11 degrees. Another bonus is these clubs are often less than $20!

Fairway Woods And Hybrids

Much of what can be said for drivers can also apply to fairway woods. Unless you can hit a 3 wood higher than a one level house, it is a club you probably do not need unless you play in a climate with very firm fairways where you may be able to eek out some yardage because of the roll. A 5 wood (hugely popular on all tours these days) will probably work better for you. Look for one with 18 or 19 degrees of loft and for the average sized person, a shaft of no more than 42 inches. A 7 wood and or a 9 wood (with between 21 and 24 degrees of loft) is also a great club for the senior to use as they work very well out of the rough as well as the fairway and tee box. The 5 wood can replace a 1-2 iron, a 7 wood, a 3-4 iron and a 9 wood a 4-5 iron. If you are looking for additional height, a shallow faced club may help, if you are using them more off the tee and from the rough, a slightly deeper face may help. Hybrids are iron replacements and are usually slimmed down looking hollow headed clubs designed to replace the longer irons. For most seniors a 1,2, or 3 iron is not a user friendly club but adding a 5 or 7/9 Wood combo and starting with a couple of hybrids in the 4 or 5 Irons can make the game a lot easier. You can even buy iron sets entirely made from hybrids. These are not “cheater clubs.” Lot’s of top notch players of all ages often have two or more in the bag.

Irons And Wedges

Assuming you have added a wood or a hybrid or two, your longest iron will probably be a 5 or a 6 iron. Cavity backed irons that spread their weight around the perimeter of the club is the way to go. Buying new or used, one of the most important things to get right is the lie angle (how the club is soled at impact with the ball.) Most golf clubs can be bent a couple of degrees in the neck area and with the help of a professional club fitter, this small adjustment to your irons may make shots a lot more accurate. Modern golf clubs are lofted stronger than clubs from the past. a Pitching Wedge in 1995 had around 48 degrees of loft, today 44 or 45 is commonplace as most sets now come with a Gap Wedge, an additional wedge of around 50 degree of loft before you get to the sand wedge (usually with around 56 degrees of loft.) Looking at some of the super senior professional golfers, it is notable, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino and many others do not carry a 60 degree wedge (also known as a Lob Wedge) so although you may want to carry one if you have a lot of hills and carries over sand traps around the greens on your home course, it is not by any stretch mandatory. A good sand wedge needs “bounce” on the sole (the number of degrees the back of the leading edge sits lower than the front of the leading edge.) If you play in wet conditions with a lot of fluffy sand in the bunkers, a sand wedge with 12 to 15 degrees of bounce is ideal. If you play on a course that is firm under foot with less sand in the traps, a sand wedge with 9 to 12 degrees of bounce will be a better weapon.

Putters

There is so much personal choice among putters. But whether you choose a traditional blade or centershaft putter, a Ping style heel to toe putter or one of the large and fashionable MOI putters, two things to look for. Most putters are too long for the user. You can cut it down and add weight with lead tape but take your putting stroke, see a professional and make sure your eyes are comfortable over the ball and then the right length of putter can be fathomed for you. Whatever design you choose, you will find a head weight that just feels ideal. Have fun trying different putters out and remember there are plenty of great putters on the used market!

Shafts And Grips

Modern graphite shafts do not have the performance issues of graphite from the 1980’s but it is amazing to hear experienced golfers still say silly things like: “Graphite turns the club into a hook machine” or “It has too much torque.” From a scientific viewpoint, that is simply not the case any more with decent quality graphite shafts the major manufacturers use. With its lighter weight, graphite should be a must for a seniors in their woods and hybrids and probably their irons as well. Most off the rack wedges come with “Wedgeflex” shafts, these are inevitably stiff shafted. Throughout his career, Jack Nicklaus used a sand wedge with a soft flex shaft and even if you keep steel in the wedges, having them reshafted with a more flexible shaft can help a great deal. You do not have to go with senior flex but it is a fact most american male amateur golfers use stiff flex because of their ego, when a regular or even senior flex club may help them better. Try out different shafts with a competent club fitter and you may surprise yourself.  Whatever grip you like the feel of can be assembled to suit your grip. If you have arthritis in your hands, the grip can be built up – many top senior pros do this to eliminate the grip taper on the lower half of the grip and to help with the vibration of the club at impact if they get sore and stiff hands.

Putting It All Together

Let’s take the example of Tom. Tom is a 65 year old male golfer with a swingspeed of 84 mph with a driver and 67 mph with a 6 Iron. His handicap is 12. He does not hit the ball as high or as far as he once used too. But he uses good course management and hits the ball pretty straight. He carries a 12 handicap and is capable of shooting 81-83 on a regular basis on a 6,100 yard par 72 golf course. Here is a suggested set make-up for him using senior flex shafts in the clubs:

Driver: 300-460cc (based on personal preference) driver head with 12-14 degrees of loft.

Wood: 5 Wood with 18 to 19 degrees of loft.

Hybrids: 4 and 5 Hybrids to replace the 4 and 5 Irons.

Irons: 6,7,8,9, Pitching Wedge and Gap Wedge – same model, same shaft.

Sand Wedge: 56 degrees with 12 degrees of bounce with a shaft, be it steel or graphite, of a similar flex profile to the other clubs.

Putter: Whatever he chooses!

That is only 12 clubs! The rules allow you 14 and you may find you do not need them but this set up gives you the room to add an additional fairway wood, maybe a 6 Hybrid Iron or a 60 degree wedge!
If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

Written by craig braddick

Best Places To Retire in Arizona 2021

If you are searching for the best places to retire in Arizona for 2021, this guide should help! Furthermore, SLS Communities has great retirement locations in many exciting areas of Arizona. Thousands of retirees flock to Arizona each year to enjoy the moderate climate, escape the snow, and enjoy a state that has dedicated communities, towns, and cities for retirement age Americans.

Best Places to Retire In AZ

We have found a wide variety of places for you to look at when considering your retirement options in Arizona. This list contains something for every senior. If you are looking for a suburban location close to all the major conveniences and facilities we’ve got you covered. But if you are after a more rural, country setting, where you can enjoy the great outdoors in peace, we have options for you too!

Our list looks at a number of factors, the kind of community it is, does it have a diverse population or is it more senior-oriented, what is it like to live there, what can you do when you live there, how close is it to amenities and so on.

In short, we hope it will give you a snapshot of what these places will be like should you choose to live there.

  1. Sun City, Arizona

Sun City Arizona - Best Places to Retire

An exciting and vibrant planned retirement community just west of Phoenix, Sun City has the reputation of being perhaps the most senior-oriented city in the state. It features great stores, from the well-known chains to small boutiques, a wide array of medical professionals and facilities geared for the senior. Also, in many areas licensed golf carts can travel on roads! With nearly three-quarters of the city being of senior age or above, you will feel right at home with many social clubs and sports like pickleball, bowling, and golf.

  1. Sun City West, Arizona

Sun City West AZ - Best Places to Retire

Sun City West has grown quickly and established itself as one of the top 25 places in the nation to retire to and with good reason! Like Sun City, it was planned and built with the senior in mind. Although not quite as large as Sun City itself, it combines a cozy feel with easy access to everything in Sun City. Not that you will run out of things to do in Sun City West that offers a wide variety of sports and lots of different social clubs for various interests. According to SmartAssets, Sun City West as the best place to retire in Arizona.

  1. Peoria, Arizona

Peoria AZ - Best Places to Retire

Situated in the northern suburbs of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the popularity of Peoria continues to grow every year with seniors looking for a place to live close to all the major amenities and convenience of a major city (it’s only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.) It’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful desert mountain landscape in the nation. With an average low in winter of 55 degrees and an average summer high of 95 degrees, it is an ideal climate for many seniors looking to relocate!

Best Retirement Community in Peoria, AZ

Desert Winds - Best Retirement Community in AZ

Desert Winds is the best retirement community in Peoria Arizona that offers Assisted Living, Pathway Assisted Living & Memory Care services. Call Desert Winds Retirement Community today at (623) 362-1200!

Desert Winds Retirement Community is located next to the border of Peoria & Sun City Arizona. They are located near tons of great shopping locations, tasty restaurants, golf courses, sports arenas, cultural centers, medical offices and more. Desert Winds is known as the best retirement community in Peoria Arizona.

  1. Tucson, Arizona

Tucson AZ - Best Places to Retire

With a population of just over half a million, Tucson continues to grow and is a great option for seniors wanting to be part of bustling city life. The city itself is a combo of the very modern and old western charm and flavor. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, it is a favorite with outdoor lovers. The city is a popular destination for lovers of the arts with many theatres and galleries and if you are looking for a city where you can enjoy the company of younger people, it is home to the University of Arizona!

  1. Nogales, Arizona

Nogales AZ - Best Places to Retire

Situated on the Arizona-Mexico border, Nogales is blessed with a cooler summer climate that most of Arizona. An average daily high of just 77 degrees makes it ideal for seniors looking for a more temperate climate. It is a favorite place for walkers and hikers as the trails are not as extreme as other areas in the state. Being a border town, it will help if you can speak Spanish or be familiar with Mexican culture to take full of advantage of what Nogales has to offer.

  1. Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Arizona - Best Places to Retire

One of the most historic towns in Arizona, Prescott, less than two hours from Phoenix, yet at an elevation of nearly 5500 feet has maintained its small-town feel despite a population of around 40,000. Whiskey Row (the main strip for nightlife) dates to frontier times. Increasingly popular with baby boomers, Prescott offers a cooler climate than Phoenix with older even historic, housing available downtown and modern retirement complexes available on the outskirts.

  1. Yuma, Arizona

Yuma Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Yuma is known as just about the sunniest and driest spot in the USA. They get less than three inches of rain per year and over 330 days of sunshine! The city predates the 1849 California Gold Rush and much of the architecture of the city reflects that era. Lying on the banks of the Colorado River, Yuma has long been a US Army base and today still has a strong military community. Many seniors love Yuma as the cost of living is reasonable and there are many top-notch RV and mobile home communities.

  1. Prescott Valley, Arizona

Prescott Valley Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Prescott Valley is the younger brother of Prescott. A planned community originating in the 1960’s it has now expanded and virtually joined at the hip with Prescott as suburbs creep ever closer to each other. It is slightly cheaper than Prescott for seniors to live, especially as you go further east towards Humboldt-Dewey and Mayer, but with most local amenities still in Prescott, a car is essential. Prescott Valley is very senior-friendly with many activities and groups to interest the senior.

  1. Litchfield Park, Arizona

Litchfield Park AZ - Best Places to Retire

Located in the western suburbs of Phoenix, this small community (less than 6000) has an increasing senior population and may be ideal for seniors looking to permanently relocate to Arizona. Most people in Litchfield Park own their home and the community is known for embracing traditional American values. With an air force base nearby, it has a patriotic vibe. Although local senior-oriented amenities are fewer, everything is just a short car ride away in Phoenix.

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale AZ - Best Places to Retire

One of the wealthiest cities in the country for its size, Scottsdale is home to many rotating arts festivals and fashion shows throughout the year and many seniors call the place home. It is also home to many private golf and country club communities, as well as being the home of The Phoenix Open (now sponsored by Waste Management.) Scottsdale is also home to many corporations and small businesses. Scottsdale is not the most affordable area in Arizona but has a lot to offer if it is within your budget.

  1. Mesa, Arizona

Mesa AZ - Best Places to Retire

Situated in the heart of the east valley, the growing population of Mesa (fast approaching 500,000) has made it one of the most diverse and affordable cities in Arizona with a wide range of housing options and communities for nearly every taste. Seniors enjoy having access to shopping close by from the major brand stores to independent small businesses, as well as access to nearly all forms of medical care. Mesa is a diverse community, upbeat and friendly, therefore welcoming to the active senior.

According to NewHomeSource, Mesa is one of the best cities to retire in Arizona.

Best Retirement Community in Mesa, AZ

Ventana Winds - Best Retirement Community in AZ

Canyon Winds Retirement Community is the best retirement community in Mesa Arizona that offers Assisted Living, Pathway Assisted Living & Memory Care services. Call Ventana Winds Retirement Community Today at (623) 583-2460!

  1. Florence, Arizona

Florence AZ - Best Places to Retire

East of the east valley and nearly 60 miles from Phoenix, the city of Florence situated along US Route 60 is gradually becoming a more popular destination with seniors. A low cost of living is slightly offset by the fact you will have to drive to Apache Junction and Mesa for major grocery and big box stores. There is also a lack of dining options in the area. That said, the Sonoran Desert views are spectacular, and it is a few degrees cooler than the Phoenix metro area.

  1. Sierra Vista, Arizona

Sierra Vista Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Sierra Vista enjoys a great year-round climate and the cost of living is below average for Arizona!. Of course, being the hummingbird capital of the United States, if birdwatching is one of your hobbies then you are going to find joy in being surrounded by all sorts of birds that are not common in other areas of Arizona.

The closest airport is a 68-mile drive, but it’s still closer than some other locations on the list. But, to balance things out, there are many things to keep busy with. In warmer months, the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center is available for locals, which is known as The Cove by many. There are also the therapy spas, lap pools, and wave pool available.

  1. Kingman, Arizona

Kingman Arizona - Best Places to Retire

With just over a population of 28,000, Kingman offers many amenities for being a smaller place and is one of the best small towns in Arizona to retire. This is the location of the International Route 66 Festival, which is an event that lasts four days with a parade, car show, and much more. Also, just off the historic road is The Roadrunner Café, which continues to provide great breakfasts to locals and travelers.

Although, if you are interested in traveling by airport, you will have a 102-mile road trip ahead of you, which will likely take you down the historic route.

  1. Sahuarita, Arizona

Sahuarita Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Just outside Tucson, Sahuarita is one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona. With Tucson only twenty minutes away there is plenty of great dining and shopping options as well as medical professionals and facilities available for the active senior.

It is ranked as one of the safest cities in Arizona and there are many festivals and attractions for fun, including the annual Fiesta Sahuarita. Because Sahuarita has a high standard of living and a rapidly increasing population the cost of living is increasing but there are no property taxes.  There are not as many retiree specific amenities as some cities but there are plenty of parks and over 17 miles of local trails.

  1. Green Valley, Arizona

Green Valley AZ - Best Places to Retire

Green Valley is one of the most affordable senior-friendly cities in Southern Arizona. Situated just 20 miles south of Tucson, over 80% of the community is age-restricted and golf carts are legal to be driven on the streets. It is becoming very popular with active seniors because there are more than a dozen recreation centers, golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers and a thriving arts and entertainment community.

A big reason for Green Valley’s increased popularity is the climate. The average year-round temperature is just under 69 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry warm climate is also popular for those with arthritis. With Tucson less than a half-hour drive away, there are plenty of shopping choices and medical options within easy reach.

According to Niche, Green Valley is the #1 place to retire in Arizona.

  1. Cave Creek, Arizona

Cave Creek Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Situated in far northern suburbs of Phoenix, Cave Creek, at an elevation of just over 2200 feet is increasingly popular with seniors. People have lived in the area for over 1400 years but Cave Creek came of age in the 1950s and 60’s and still has a lot of the post WW2 charm with a big helping of old west architecture and street layouts. Seniors are moving to the Cave Creek area as it is slightly cooler than Phoenix, the landscape is more of a lush desert with beautiful views of Black Mountain. The cost of living is slightly less than Phoenix, too!

All the conveniences of the big city are just a short drive away. With low crime rates and great dining options, Cave Creek will only continue to grow in popularity.

  1. Paradise Valley, Arizona

Paradise Valley Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Paradise Valley is truly one of the most luxurious but also most expensive places to retire to in Arizona. The average property price is pushing $1.5 million dollars and the average household income is approaching $200,000 per annum. There are twelve very upscale resorts in Paradise Valley offering fine dining, spas and golf. High-end shopping abounds in Paradise Valley a nearby Scottsdale. With phoenix close by, Paradise Valley is also a hub for arts and entertainment and the wealthy local population ensures all kinds of medical doctors are available.

It is also very warm indeed. With temperatures often over 100 degrees for extended periods during the day in summertime and goes down to an average of 54 in January. Crime rates are about half the national average meaning it is a very safe place to live.

  1. Cottonwood, Arizona

Cottonwood AZ - Best Places to Retire

Cottonwood is a small town located in Central Arizona, the scenery is pretty and it is geared more for the outdoor country lifestyle than towns and cities in more suburban areas. Traditional its outlook, Cottonwood is probably best suited to independent seniors. Although it is a small town (population under 13,000) the nearby Verde Valley Medical Center is an award-winning facility.

Cottonwood has the advantage of being very walkable, though temperatures often top 100 degrees in the summertime. There are lots of activities geared for seniors however and plenty of music options and festivals throughout the year. The largest city of note is Prescott, nearly 60 miles away so there will be a bit of a drive if you want certain shopping options.

  1. Golden Valley, Arizona

Golden Valley AZ - Best Places to Retire

In the heart of Mohave County, Golden Valley is a quiet town but close enough to the cities of Kingman and Bullhead City to have everything the senior needs within a short drive. It is a very affordable place to live with average house prices less than $125,000. The temperatures in winter are mild and in the summer time somewhere between the mid 70’s and mid 90’s with the occasional high in excess of 100 degrees.

Golden Valley is situated in the desert and there are still plenty of undeveloped areas in the city and its surroundings. if you are looking to buy land and develop it, Golden Valley is definitely worth checking out. It is definitely a place for the active senior who enjoys rural life and is not dependent on having large shopping, dining and medical facilities on their doorstep.

  1. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Sedona Arizona is a well-known tourist destination, hosting many activities and sights to see for retirees. For example, Sedona is most known for their “Red Rocks“, which were seen in countless western films like, Jimmy Stewart’s “Broken Arrow”. The color effects displayed on the sandstone rocks during the sunrises and sunsets in Sedona are amazing! This beauty coupled with moderate climates and mountains that stretch for miles has made Sedona one of the most sought after retirement communities in the United States and one of the best places to live in Arizona for Seniors.

According to at least one source, Sedona Arizona is actually rated as one of the top 20 retirement destinations in the country. The arts and hiking are of the most notable here. Many music and film events such as the International Film Festival are hosted in Sedona, but most choose Sedona for its beautiful setting and warm climate.

Best Retirement Community in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Winds - Best Retirement Community in AZ

Sedona Winds is the best retirement community in Sedona Arizona offering Assisted Living, Senior Independent Living, and Memory Care. Call Sedona Winds Retirement Community today at (928) 284-1021! Sedona Winds offers a plethora of amenity packages, activities, and retirement home floor plans to choose from.

  1. Youngtown, Arizona

Sedona Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Youngtown Arizona is the home of the oldest retirement community in Arizona and in the United States of America. Youngtown relinquished its age restriction in 1999. Since then, Youngtown’s demographics evolved quickly making this town must-see if you are visiting the Phoenix Valley in search of retirement communities.

Youngtown sits right in between Olive Avenue and Grand Avenue on the south side.  Youngtown is located around many great amenities and is a little over 30 minutes away from the downtown area in Phoenix. Freeway Access: Youngtown is close to the 303 and 101 freeways ensuring easy access to entertainment, sporting events, shopping, restaurants, and recreation. Due to its compact size, Youngtown Arizona is a perfect retirement community for bicycling and walking.

Best Retirement Community in Youngtown, AZ

Ventana Winds - Best Retirement Community in AZ

Ventana Winds is the best retirement community in Sun City / Youngtown Arizona that offers Assisted Living, Pathway Assisted Living & Memory Care services. Call Ventana Winds Retirement Community Today at (623) 583-2460!

  1. Surprise, Arizona

Sedona Arizona - Best Places to Retire

Surprise Arizona is located 45 minutes away from Phoenix, Surprise connects all aspects of your life including recreation, family, and work. Surprise is a charming community that is surrounded by the open Sonoran Desert, a regional lake, and mountain parklands.

Surprise neighborhoods are distinctive, clean, and unique. 9 out of 10 Surprise residents recommend Surprise to start a business. Surprise Arizona was founded by Flora Mae Statler in 1938. In 1938 Peoria was just 1 single square mile of farmland. In 2013, Surprise has grown to 120,000+ people in 2013. Statler’s daughter was convinced that she thought Surprise would never really amount to much.

Best Retirement Community in Suprise, AZ

Chaparral Winds - Best Retirement Community in AZ

Chaparral Winds is the best retirement community in Surprise Arizona that offers Independent Living, Assisted Living,  & Memory Care services. Call Chaparral Winds Retirement Community today at (623) 544-4777!

Chaparral Winds Retirement Community is located on the border of Surprise Arizona and Sun City. Their retirement community offers many options to meet all of your retirement needs. They are conveniently located next to everything one might need including terrific restaurants, great shopping, cultural centers, golf courses, medical offices, and sports arenas.

Locations That Still Need Enriching

Best Places to Retire in Arizona

Each cactus has barbs of its own, and Arizona provided some among these great havens for retirees. El Mirage was ranked at the bottom of the list, with very poor scores in both weather and amenities, with an average summer temperature of 95 degrees. Trailing close behind was Marana, with few amenities for retirees, and a higher crime rate. While Avondale is a pretty location, it also came in the bottom of the list due to extreme summer temperatures and the crime rate.

With these locations aside, there is a lot that Arizona has to offer. For those that are seeking adventure or simply wanting to relax on the poolside, this state is able to shine some light on your golden years.

Why retire in Arizona?

The biggest reasons to retire in Arizona is there are major tax breaks, allergy-free living, beautiful parks, perfect weather, world renowned gold courses, plenty of diversity, and great health care according to LeisureCare.

Best small towns in Arizona to retire

The best small towns to retire in Arizona are Youngtown, Peoria, Sun City, Sedona, and Green Valley.

Is Arizona a good place for retirees?

Yes, Arizona is a great place for retirees to live and retire. According to SmartAsset, “Arizona, the land of cacti and dry heat, is understandably a popular place to retire, especially if you lived in a cold-weather place during your career and you’re eager to escape the snow. Certain cities in The Grand Canyon State, though, are even more appealing to retirees than others.”

Is Arizona a good state to retire in?

Kiplinger says there are many great places to retire in Arizona. According to Kiplinger, “Many other retirees have settled in Arizona year-round. The nation’s first active adult retirement community sprouted in Youngtown, Ariz., in 1954, and today 17% of the state’s 7.2 million residents are 65 and older.”

SLS Retirement Communities

We have 4 locations open and another location under construction in the state of Arizona which offer a variety of services and living arrangements. From independent living to fully assisted living we complement our services with highly sought after amenities including memory care.  See below for the locations we currently have available.

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Strength Training For Older Adults

Strength Training For Older Adults

From time to time we feature an interview that is worth quoting in full. Such an interview is one with Dr. Roger Fielding on Strength Training for Older Adults. Below is the text from the interview at the News In Health website. You can find the original at: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2020/03/dr-roger-fielding-strength-training-older-adults

Disclaimer: You should speak with a medical professional before undergoing any exercise regime. Use proper safety precautions and have assistance available when you exercise.

NIHNiH: Are the benefits of strength training different for different age groups?

Fielding: The benefits of strength training across the lifespan are relatively similar. But as people get older, there’s a progressive decline in the amount of muscle mass and muscle strength.

So as we age, I think it’s even more important to consider incorporating some strength training into our physical activity routine, to either slow down the progression of that decline or to some extent prevent it from occurring.

NIHNiH: How does strength training help older adults live independently?

Fielding: There’s a very close relationship between the loss of muscle strength with aging and the development of mobility limitations and poor physical functioning. As people lose muscle mass and muscle strength, they begin to develop problems with their ability to walk, their ability to get up from a chair, to climb a flight of stairs. And those changes can reach a point where people lose their ability to be living independently.

Interventions that can prevent that loss in muscle mass and strength as people age may be able to delay or prevent people from losing their independence.… The most robust type of exercise training to prevent the loss of muscle strength and the loss of muscle mass is strength training.

NIHNiH: What would you say to an older adult who feels unsure about how to start strength training?

Fielding: The first thing to remember is that some exercise or a little bit of exercise or physical activity is better than no exercise and no physical activity. So anything you can do is going to have benefits that are real and sustainable.

More and more, there are programs at local gymnasiums, local health clubs, and accessible gyms like the YMCA and other organizations that are very targeted for older people. So if people are intimidated, I would suggest they look to see if there are programs like that in their community that might be more friendly and more accessible and welcoming to their age and their demographic.

There are also some strength training activities that can be done with things like ankle weights, or using your body weight and a chair. So there are some strength training activities that don’t really require specialized equipment or going to a gymnasium, that people can do to start off with.

They may ultimately progress to getting strong enough that they might want to go to a gym or a community program where there’s a bit more challenge. But there are certainly things that you can do in your home that are very scalable and accessible that don’t involve going to the gym.

NIHNiH: What are some tips for staying motivated with a new strength-training program?

Fielding: Ask yourself: Why do you want to do this? Like, you want to go on a four-mile hike or be able to play in the yard with your grandchildren or start playing a sport again. Goal setting can be really useful in trying to keep people motivated to stay with a program of physical activity.

It’s also important to find something that you really like to do and can make part of your daily routine, activities, or behaviors. If you’re somebody who absolutely loathes going to the gym, signing up for a gym membership is not going to be the right strategy for you. But getting some hand weights and some ankle weights that you can use at home, in a place where you’re very comfortable, may be something that’s going to get you motivated to start.

Some people really like to exercise with a friend or partner, or with a group of people. In that case, finding someone that you want to embark on a strength training program with can also be a really good way to keep you adherent and keep you motivated. The important thing is finding something that works for you.

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

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Physical Games For Seniors

Physical Games For Seniors

Most seniors love to stay active. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, activity is vital in independent and assisted living facilities. With a plethora of exercises and games available across the state, we’ve hand-picked some of the best physical games for seniors.

Yoga

Yoga is the perfect activity for the indoors or outdoors-man. This is a highly effective practice for senior citizens. Yoga is comprised of controlled body positions and stretches, with a goal of physical and mental well-being. The activity is perfect for participants looking to attain deep spiritual tranquility. This is one hobby that is great for the body and soul!

Health Benefits

There are numerous health benefits for yoga participants. Weight loss is, of course, at the top of the list. With the possible weight loss comes a more balanced metabolism, with a lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure. But, that’s not all! Yoga can result in increased muscle strength, flexibility and better balance. Yoga, which is a practice believed to be more than 5,000 years old, has been shown to improve cardiovascular and blood circulation, as well.

Shuffleboard

Beginning in 15th century English pubs, this sport has constantly changed over time, but the goal has remained the same. This is one of the most popular sports to play for seniors because of its competitive, yet lighthearted nature. A player wins in shuffleboard when reaching a score of 15, but some bigger tournaments could require 21 points for a win. Alternating turns, each player slides four weights across an opponent’s board. Sliding your weights to the highest available scoring area is the objective here. Players can also knock opposing weights off the board with their own weights or use them to protect their current score.

Health Benefits

Shuffleboard increases heart rate and reduces stress at the very same time. Another benefit is the obvious workout for various muscle groups.

Line Dancing

A simple way to take part in the recommended 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day is by partaking in line dancing. The sport is great for the heart and it keeps its dancers healthy and in shape. If you’re intimidated by dancing, there is no need to worry because line dancing is the perfect exercise for beginners.

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits in the world of line dancing. Improved stamina, posture and balance are just some of the benefits. The exercise can lower stress and improve stamina in the process. Avid dancers may see a lowered risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, as well.

Bocce Ball

This sport’s history is fascinating! Dating back to ancient Egypt in 5200 B.C., bocce ball’s popularity began to soar in Greece hundreds of years later. The sport made its way to Belgium, Flanders and Holland after that. Bocce ball took center stage during the first Bocce Olympiad held in Athens in 1896. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the sport officially took off in the United States, though. Open Bocce is the most played version of the game. Eight balls, plus a smaller ball (pallino) are shared between 2, 4, 6 or 8 players. A random player is chosen to throw the pallino first, then all participants try to get their ball closest to the pallino. The closest to the pallino receives one point after each round. Additional points are awarded when the leader’s ball is closer to the pallino than any other opponent’s shots. Once a total of 13 points is attained by one player, a winner is crowned.

Health Benefits

Ideal for stress relief, bocce ball can also improve mental stimulation and overall flexibility.

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

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How Much Does Independent Senior Living Cost?

How Much Does Independent Senior Living Cost

The cost of independent living varies by location, region, and provider.  Below you’ll find average costs for independent living.

On average, independent living costs about $3,750 per year with average prices ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 per year in 2020 according to whereyoulivematters.com.

Elmcroft agrees by stating, “Depending upon the area of the country you live in and what type of services and amenities are included, the price range for independent living is generally between $1,500 and $6,000 a month.”

  1. The basic ‘Service Rate’ per month runs between $1,000 and $10,000, with the average being $2,900.
  2. Most apartments run between $2,300 and $3,500.
  3. The one-time fee charges which include the admission and apartment preparations run between $500 and $1,500.

The prices listed are for information purposes only, for educating those interested in senior housing’s typical cost. A community’s specific price range could vary and may differ to the typical costs listed above.

Independent Living Value

Finances are usually the first thing that comes to mind in those that are considering independent living. The rate of seniors who are worried about their retirement benefit lasting throughout their retirement is 15%. With another third of seniors worrying about what long term care is going to cost. Reading this will help in letting you know what to expect when it comes to the price tag, as well as what you’re going to get and/or save.

Independent living is closely related to investment purchases, whereas, to a person that does not fully understand the value in it would think of it as being too high of an investment, so don’t let the initial sticker price of independent living comes as a shock to you, research and be prepared.

Independent living is not the same as assisted living, whereas there is continuous nursing care available. You pay for the apartment you live in, among other amenities, which includes peace of mind.

However, all independent living communities may offer a little something different, that is why it’s important to be prepared with many different questions before deciding anything.

Independent living communities, what to expect:

  • An engaging lifestyle that’s active. The things that is needed close by and at hand, which include social engagements and opportunities, and transportation. You can leave your worries behind regarding having to drive for long distances or asking a loved one if they will drive you, or about scheduling activities.
  • It will give you a chance to grow and to learn about new things. Communities for an independent living offers a broad range of activities and even classes. Many of them will offer access to their local events, as well as other opportunities that help to keep your mind alive and active.
  • Its set-up to give you a worry-free life that’s amenity-rich. You deserve to live your golden years without the worries of dirty dishes, laundry that seems to always needs to be done, and/or leaky roofs. Communities for independent living are willing to handle most of those tasks you have for you. Also, most of them will be offering on-site assistance with other things, such as nutritional planning, cooking, and even self-care.
  • It’s an opportunity to give something back. Communities for independent living that are considered good quality will also offer different volunteer opportunities that are matched to an individual’s interests, ability levels, and of different ages.
  • You want to have to concern yourself with juggling the utility bills or any other bill for that matter, it will be worry-free of finances. Most expenses will be covered by the fees you pay in an independent living community.
  • If you are one of those people who enjoy cooking, independent living will let you continue doing what you love. However, when you feel you are ready for a break you will find that communities for independent living offer a wide range of delicious foods. Arbor offers expert chefs that serve crafty and healthy meals each and every day.
  • At any time, you begin experiencing issues with your health, independent living communities are able to transition you into the comfort that offer more assistance. There is no need for you to worry about what to do should there be an emergency for an independent living community makes sure that there are always others invested in your wellbeing, with people standing by anytime you need them. Which means that you will never have to worry about being alone and falling or if you are having problems with your health.

There is option for apartments

All new residents at the time of joining in an independent living community has the option of choosing a floor plan of their choice from those offered, which includes studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and yes, even three-bedroom apartments. Including how big their apartment will be and what features it will offer, even in the location of the apartment in terms of its outside views and the proximity to the elevators, and the public areas that are offered.

Generally, independent living communities either offer one-year leases and/or month-to-month leases, which may be renewable.

Amenities and service fees

Monthly rent will usually include numerous services, such as the following:

  • All utilities except telephone services or expanded cable.
  • They keep a full calendar of different activities, scheduled transportation for things like medical appointments, activities that are off site, and shopping, among others.
  • Housekeeping comes on a regular weekly basis, which includes washing up bed linens and towels.
  • They provide 1 to 3 meals per day that are prepared by a chef and served in a dining area restaurant-style.
  • They provide maintenance for different incidentals, such as filter changes repairs on appliances, and more.
  • Emergency systems in place and the provide several security features.

Any additional charges will generally be the entrance and/or community fees (which are non-refundable), and may range between $750.00 – $1,500.00 on the average, which covers the administrative expenses and apartment renovation expenses. A fee for a second person, if there is going to be someone else living there, this fee is generally between $500.00 – $1,000.00 per month, which can be assessed for couples.

Other fees can be charged for the following:

  • Concierge services
  • Usage of guest apartments
  • Unscheduled transportation
  • Any activities that require tickets, and expenses for other things
  • Meals for guests

It would be beneficial to compare the costs that are associated with both, living in a home as a single family and moving to a community for independent living, search out the financial implications of each before making any decisions. Remember the post that our blogger Joan came across during her recent posting, “Small Expenses do make an Impact on Seniors Lifestyles.” So, don’t take for granted or under estimate expenses that is spent on dining out, and also the expenses put towards the purchase of discretionary items.

Below are some examples of household costs:

  • Entertainment
  • Groceries and eating out
  • Utilities, such as sewer, water, electric, garbage, etc.
  • Mortgage or rent
  • Cable and Internet
  • Property taxes, which does not apply to independent living
  • Automobile expenses, whereas independent living provides scheduled transportation
  • Home security features and other safety measures
  • Maintenance of yard/landscape
  • Maintenance of home

Anytime you find that you need help searching for the perfect community for you, contact us, we are the Family Advisers, and we can help you in your search for a community located within your area.

SLS Independent Living Communities

If you’re looking for the highest quality independent living community for yourself or for a loved one SLS Senior Living Services can help!  We proudly operate 4 locations for independent senior living the in state of Arizona in the Phoenix valley and Sedona.  You can schedule a tour of our facilities and choose the location that works best for you.  To schedule a tour or find out the cost for you to join one of our independent living communities please call 480-348-0300.

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What is Independent Living?

Independent living is living arrangements in communities for individuals or couples who are 55 and older.  The communities are characterized by lots of activities and apartment style living.  Each unit is typically a studio, single, or two bedroom floorplan and care consists of meal preparation, and resort style living.  This gives our residents the comfortable active lifestyle they want with plenty of opportunities to be social and stay connected.

After retirement; adventure awaits.  SLS Communities Independent Living offers seniors a place to live where the details are taken care of for them.  We take care of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry while our residents go out and enjoy life!  Our communities feature fitness centers, theater rooms, beauty salons, pools, spas, and chef prepared meals served in our restaurant style dining rooms.

Exactly what does independent living consist of?

Independent living is nothing more than a housing arrangement for seniors who have reached the age of 55 and up. However, there are a few exceptions to this. Housing for seniors vary in types, such as apartment living to free-standing homes, including retirement communities. Independent living housing has a friendly atmosphere, allow seniors get around with ease, are more compact, and any maintenance and/or groundwork is taken care of.

Nearly all communities for living independently offer their residents various programs and activities, amenities, and various other services.  Housing for independent living usually include clubhouse and/or recreational centers allowing seniors a chance to interact with others in the community. Independent living also offers community participation in arts, crafts, gatherings on holidays, educational classes, movie nights, among many other community activities.

The housing for independent living might even offer other facilities like fitness centers, golf courses, swimming pools, interest groups, a variety of clubs, and tennis courts. There are many other services that independent living communities may offer, such as: beauty & barber shops, on-site spas, basic housekeeping, daily meals, and laundry services.

After all, independent living facilities are usually focused on those who have reached the age of 55 and up, created and designed to give an atmosphere of living independent, but with assistance available in areas where it may be needed. Hiring in-home help is an option for those who feel they need it.

Some other housing names for independent living

  • Congregate care
  • Retirement communities
  • 55+ and/or 62+ communities
  • Retirement homes
  • Senior apartments and/or senior housing
  • Active adult communities
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Different types of facilities for independent living and retirement homes

With several different choices in what type of independent living facilities to choose from, such as, separate houses and apartment complexes, it will depend on the cost range and the services one is looking for:

Low-income or subsidized senior housing

The United States offers senior’s subsidized housing complexes that are provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that are for senior’s that are on a low-income budget.

Housing for senior’s, apartments or congregate care

Apartment complexes for senior’s are usually restricted and intended for those who have reached the age of 55 and up. Included in the rent are community services, which generally include things like transportation services, recreational programs, and the serving of meals in the communities dining room.

Retirement homes and retirement communities.

Housing units that are used as retirement communities are usually restricted for seniors 55 and up. Housing units for senior’s may be duplexes, townhouses, condominiums, and even single family homes. Those who make the decision to live in housing units like these may have added fees, depending on other services they would like to be included, other services such as the use of recreational centers, yard work, maintenance, and/or clubhouses.

Continuing Care, Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Those who anticipate having significant health problems later down the road may wish to consider a CCRC. Facilities for independent living have a wide variety of health care, and many of them will have nursing home care within their community as well. Residence that start feeling as though they could use a little extra help with their regular daily activities can be transferred from the independent living units into the assisted living housing or into the facilities with skilled nursing on hand. CCRC’s benefits the resident by letting them relocate only once, and by letting them continue living in the same community, most importantly, letting them live as independent for a little longer.

How is independent living any different than other senior living?

The difference between independent living and other senior housing has to do with the level at which the resident need assistance. If the residence needs assistance 24 hours per day with activities like eating, bathing, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, or certain medical needs, this might be saying that they are candidates for the assisted living housing.

To learn more, read Senior Housing Options

Independent living, is it right for me?

When seniors have to make a change in their living arrangements it can feel as though their world is caving in on them, thus, as though they were losing their independence. However, independent living is just that! About making it easier to carry on being independent. Acknowledging that one’s limitations are keeping them from living their regular independent life and facing that they could have a quality life with a little assistance will let them have an independent life a bit longer.

Would independent living be right for me?

Find out by answering these four questions:

Am I keeping my home up as good, as I use to or is it getting harder for me to do?   

Keeping a home up and going may be a piece of your pride, but as age sets in it can also be overwhelming, becoming a burden that is dragging you down. Let’s say your home has a yard that is in constant need of attention or those extra rooms that are no longer needed still are in need of cleaning, at least dusting now and then. Maybe there are difficulties in accessing the home due to stairs or steep inclines, such as driveways, keeping you from getting out and/or around as much as you would like, leaving you isolated.

There is even the possibility that the neighborhood safety isn’t as safe as it used to be, preventing you from walking as you once did, or preventing you from getting out at all. Of course, you could eliminate several of these challenges by hiring help, such as home remodeling, even a few of the family members might be willing to help out. In any case, if it is independent living you seeking, without all the stress of up-keep – then what you are needing may be a means to independent living, more time and freedom, with the flexibility to enjoy your senior years.

Have I been connecting with my friends and family as much as I would like too? 

Those that find themselves more and more isolated have a much greater risk of having depression and/or problems with their mental health. This can happen for many different reasons, such as becoming mobile, which is making getting around very difficult and/or not being able to drive as you once were able to do.

Maybe your friends and/or neighbors do not have as much time anymore to come around, or you just don’t feel safe in your own neighborhood anymore. Although being able to chat and send messages using the internet is very helpful, it can never replace actual face-to-face contact with others.

The facilities at an independent living housing unit will give you that network of peers that your social life is has been lacking in, as well as offering structured activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, sport, and many others.

Is getting around getting harder for me?

You’re are now living in a home that is located where driving is more difficult for you to get out and socialize in activities or visiting friends and family, even to do your shopping. If driving is giving you trouble and you now rely on using public transportation or it is hard for family and friends to get to your home. Even having difficulties in getting to those doctor’s appointments.

They even offer on-site amenities, and many will offer options in convenient transportation needed for outside activities.

Is my health declining (and/or my spouses)?

Taking into consideration the condition of your health at this time and understanding what the condition of your health in the future may be like is an important measure that needs to be taken. For instance, the current condition of your health can let you know what you can expect later on, such as a health condition that is expected to get worse and not better with time.

Under these conditions, planning a head might be the wisest thing to do. It’s not just your health to be thinking about however, your spouse will also need to do the same thing, the both of you should plan your future living arrangements together.

Ask yourselves the following questions:

  • Do you (and spouse) still manage to get through your daily living activities, like washing clothes, cooking meals, and taking bathes?
  • Do one or both of you have the ability to manage finances as well as you once did?
  • Are the both of you managing your medications and keeping up with any doctor’s appointments you may have?

Housing for independent living is for those who may need a small amount of assistance with daily living activities. Understanding this will help you in deciding what is best for you.

How to deal with your move to independent living 

Picking-up and moving your home is definitely a major event in one’s life, as well as stressful. Although the advantages of independent living are well known to you, decision making on it can be a hard one to make. There is no doubt, going to be regrets, such as feeling depressed or even sometimes embarrassed that you are no longer as capable as you once were to keep up your own home.

Sometimes many seniors will be looking forward to having the opportunity to be social again and have companionship, which is a part of what independent living has to offer. Regardless, grieving the loss of your long time home and the neighbors you have come to trust is a natural process, and to be expected now and again. You may even have feelings of feeling vulnerable and anxious.

It is a part of the natural process to miss the way it used to be, and though there are sometimes feelings of not being in control anymore, that will pass for you are in fact, in control when you choose independent living facilities. These feelings will also pass as you start feeling more alive with your new living arrangements. It is alright to spend a little of your time to ponder on your thoughts, thinking about the memories you have is a good way to cope with your feelings. Reaching out and talking to a family member or finding a new friend or a staff member in your housing of independent living that you can share how you feel with is also medicine for the soul.

Keep in mind that you are not alone. Nearly everyone at one point or another will need a little assistance with their everyday activities and/or long care services, after reaching the age of 65, this is certainly nothing to feel ashamed of. When one gets older they are naturally going to run into times where there will be adaptions to be made, as well as, to changes and it is significant that one takes time mourn the past, but the past should be something you have as memories, not something one needs to forget.

However, it is time to except the fact that a move may be in store. Almost all of the senior’s that move into housing for independent living find it an exciting and interesting new chapter in their lives, with new experiences and friendships.

Follow these tips for an easier transition to independent living

  • While adjusting to your new living environment you will get to meet your new neighbors, and invited to join in on new activities. In the beginning, this may be a bit stressful. The following are a few things to make the transition a little smoother. You will be able to make your new home comfortable and to fit you by painting it, and hanging all those important photos. Bring your favorite chair with you and whatever else you have that is important to you.
  • Get a head start on things and start packing earlier. Instead of putting things off until the last minute, adding extra stress by having to make decisions quickly on what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • You should research independent living facilities and be absolutely sure to choose one that has everything you’re looking for. Asking questions will help you to know what to expect later.
  • Get out and about meeting new people and joining in on various activities offered. Socializing will make you feel more at home.
  • Don’t make things harder on yourself. Everyone is different and everyone adjusts to changes differently. When you are feeling down about something talk to someone about it.
  • When choosing retirement or independent living, choose according to what you want and what services you feel you will need.

The people in the community

  • Make connections with others in the community, start conversations and visit with them.
  • Are any of the people someone you think you want to get to know more about?
  • Did you find the staff to be friendly?
  • Spend time with the other residents and test out one of their meals.
  • How large was the community? What is its location?
  • The size of a community and what you are comfortable with will depend on what you are looking for.
  • What type of housing will you feel more comfortable with, apartment living or a detached home?
  • Take into consideration the location
  • Accessibility
  • Activities and amenities
  • Help support your loved one’s decision to move
  • Let your loved one’s know how grieved you are of their loss
  • Keep in touch with your loved one
  • Listen to your loved one and help them work things out

Independent Living In Arizona

There comes a time in many people’s lives where having a little extra help around for when you need it, allows for welcomed peace of mind. Peace of mind isn’t just for the residents either, independent living means having trained staff available to help with whatever residents need eases the worry of family and friends. Having comfortable apartment like living combined with highly trained staff and the opportunity to socialize enriches the retirement years for all residents. If the time has come for a change in living arrangements contact SLS Communities about which of their locations would be the best fit for your loved one.  For more information about independent living please call 928-284-1021.

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Best Retirement Communities For Active Adults

How Seniors Can Keep Healthy This Summer

The best retirement communities for active adults have great floor plans, a strong sense of community, wide variety of activities, and easy access to entertainment, medical care, and recreation.


As an active adult you’re looking to stay active but also enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle.

Independent living communities are the perfect solution for many active seniors.

In this post we will explore what you should expect and how to choose the right community.


Best Retirement Communities Include

The very best retirement communities for active adults have some hallmarks which you should watch for.  Ensuring there are these things will help you find a place that you fit into and can stay active.

Active Adult Communities Should:

  • Have plenty of activities to choose from to get out the door and get moving.
  • The apartments and floorplans should be laid out well and comfortable.
  • Foster a sense of community that’s very strong and draws seniors into the fun.
  • The location is a reasonable distance to entertainment, recreation, and medical care.
  • The community provides you with a low maintenance lifestyle to free up time for fun.
  • The best options are those that include resort options like pools, theaters, and more.
  • Some prefer communities that are 55 and older while others like a mix of ages.

These are the key things to consider when visiting retirement communities.  Ensuring they have these thing will help you choose a place you’ll love to live in and stay active.

Selecting The Best Retirement Community

Retirement communities dot the map and exist in every region of the country.  Some active seniors want to have more days of sun and warmth a year and head south to places like Florida and Arizona.  These warmer places give seniors a snow free winter that’s got loads of days for outdoor activities.  The first step is to decide which region of the world you’ll be most comfortable and get as many days of fair weather to bike, golf, kayak, or any active outdoor activity.

Keep in mind your favorite activities and ensure that the community you choose is close to places you can stay active.  If you’re an avid cyclist you’ll want plenty of roads or trails which are bike friendly.

Bike Trails, Golf & Entertainment

The Phoenix Valley is full of amazing opportunities for cyclists, golfers, and entertainment for any taste.  Parks are full of bike lanes and well-manicured landscaping.  And with nearly 300 days of sunny weather it is a haven for the golfer.  The valley is packed with world class golf courses and driving ranges.

When it comes to entertainment in the state of Arizona, you’ll be spoiled.  There are many movie theaters, art galleries, sporting events, and other culture events and museums.

With this variety of options for active adults there’s no surprise that Arizona is quickly becoming America’s favorite retirement destination!

Tour Active Adult Retirement Communities

The best way to judge if you’ll love a retirement community is to visit it!  Taste the food, walk around the property, get a feel for what is close by that you’ll enjoy seeing and doing.  While you can narrow down some of your options online the best way to get a feel for community is face to face.  Consider a few of the following active adult retirement communities below.

1.      Canyon Winds

Located in the vibrant and active city of Mesa, Arizona; Canyon Winds Retirement Community is the newest and one of the most exciting opportunities for active seniors.  The upscale retirement living community offers independent living that fits the needs of the most active seniors.  With resort style dining, spacious apartments, a fitness center, theater room, swimming pool, spa, and housekeeping services you’ll have plenty of activity while staff sees to your cooking, cleaning, and laundry.

2.      Sedona Winds

Nestled in the mountains of Arizona Sedona Winds Retirement Community is one of the premier locations for active adults to enjoy retirement. In addition to stunning views of wildlife and nature Sedona Winds is close to cultural centers, medical offices, golf courses, restaurants, shopping and much more!  Your independent living apartment is outfitted with a full kitchen, balcony or private patio, and there’s a hair salon, barber shop, heated pool, and much more.

3.      Chaparral Winds

With many golf courses close by, loads of shops, and plenty of restaurants there’s no shortage of activity to be had at and near Chaparral Winds Retirement Community.  Living in this community will include chef prepared meals, access to a swimming pool, hot tub, billiards, computer room, transportation, and the help with laundry, cooking, and cleaning you expect from your retirement community.  Allow us to take care of the chores and details while you stay active and enjoy what Arizona has to offer!

4.      Desert Winds

Desert Winds Retirement Community is located in Peoria, Arizona.  Peoria is home to great festivals, arst and culture, plenty of golf courses, public parks, baseball spring training, loads of outdoor activities, shopping, restaurants, and access to quality medical care.  Active adults love this community as it provides the resort style comforts of a swimming pool, hot tub, loads of activities, fitness room, and much more.

Schedule A Tour at An Active Adult Retirement Community

When it comes to choosing a retirement community, seeing is believing.  It’s important to go and see the condition of the communities you’re considering, meet the staff, taste the food, and get a feel for where you’re considering living.  SLS Communities offers an active retirement lifestyle for seniors at 4 of their Arizona retirement community locations. 

For more information about scheduling a tour please call 480-348-0300.

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Independent Living Checklist

If you have been looking for an independent living checklist that could help you to figure out what you need to look for and to ask about in an independent living facility, then this article will help.

Selecting the right independent living community can be quite stressful, so how will you know what community is right for you? What could seem great for your family and friends, may be too lively or stuff for you and vice versa.

If you spend plenty of time visiting the communities and asking enough questions, then you will know what feels right. In order to get started, there is a checklist below of what you should ask on the phone, what you should research, and what you should look for whenever you visit.

Independent Living Checklist

Below is a thorough independent living checklist for you to know what you should ask and what you will need to look for when you visit a community. You can download this checklist in a PDF, so that you can print it out and take it with you when you visit.

  1. Narrow your search by community and region:

    • Is it gated or an open community?
    • Is the community within a community or a town that you have heard good things about?
    • Is it convenient for family and friends to visit?
    • How far is it to the nearest airport? Does the airport have reasonably priced flights?
    • What is the cost and is there a buy in fee?
    • Is it part of a regional/national chain or is it locally operated?
    • If it is part of a chain, is it a well respected name that you can trust?
    • Are there age restrictions at the community?
    • Is it a safe area that has a low crime rate? (use sites like Trulia, Neighborhood Scout and Crime Reports to check crime and safety records.)
    • What are the housing options and how will they fit your needs?
    • Is there a meal plan? Is it flexible? If so, what are dining facilities like?
    • Is it close to medical centers, shopping centers, restaurants, as well as other services?
    • Is it a continuing care community? Will other care levels be available like assisted living if it is needed?
    • Check reviews: What comments and reviews are from Area Agency on Aging, Caring.com, and the BBB?
  2. Ask when you call:

    • Are you accepting new residents?
      • If not, is there a wait list? How long is the average waiting time? (Be aware that many people will join a wait list for several communities, so it may be shorter than it actually seems.)
    • What type of payments are accepted?
    • Are their transition process programs?
    • What services are included in the price?
    • What services are available for additional fees?
  3. Ask when you visit:

    • About the Community:
      • How many rooms are available where you can visit with residents and family?
      • How extensive are the areas for outdoor activities, exercise and recreation?
      • Are the buildings and grounds well maintained, clean and spacious?
      • Are common spaces pleasant and appealing?
      • Is there covered parking? Is it an additional charge or free?
      • Is it easily accessed to public transportation?
      • Is the neighborhood quiet and pleasant?
    • About the living arrangements:
      • How are the views? Do the windows face a garden or green space?
      • Do the accommodations include a variety of housing options if you want to downsize?
      • Are pets allowed? If so, is there a limit on type of size?
      • Are there handicapped equipped apartments, if you may need them at some point?
      • Is there plenty of storage space or is additional storage provided?
      • Were you invited to look at various units that were available?
      • Are the homeowner rules about upkeep and decorating?
      • Are there homeowner’s association membership fees?
      • Which maintenance issue are you responsible for and which are included in the apartment?
      • Are you allowed to have visitors at any time and overnight or is are there rules and a curfew?
      • Are you required to have renter’s insurance?
      • Are housekeeping services available and what is the cost?
    • About cooking food:
      • Are visiting family and friends allowed to join you for meals?
      • Do the residents like the food?
    • About social life and activities:
      • Are there religious services in the community or nearby?
      • Is there a barber shop or beauty salon nearby or in the community?
      • Is there a gym or fitness center?
      • Is there a community center and how well is it equipped and large is it?
      • If you enjoy sports such as golf, tennis, or swimming is it offered?
      • What types of additional recreational facilities are offered?
      • Are there computer and media rooms available?
      • Are there evening events such as dances, movie nights, or music performances by groups?
      • Is there private dining or a community room available for large or family events?
      • Is there extensive but varied schedule of classes and activities including those that interest you?
    • About the Staff:
      • Is there an activity director or staff that is in charge of organizing and leading activities?
      • What is the staff turnover rate?
      • Are background checks done before staff is hired? If so, when and how?
      • How much training does the staff have?
      • Does the community work with an agency that provides in-home care if you need assistance in the future?
    • About medical care:
      • Is there a medical clinic or unit in the community?
      • What services are available from doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc.?
      • Is the community affiliated with a nursing home or hospital if more care is needed?
      • Does the community work with an agency that will provide medical and nursing assistance if it is needed in the future?
      • Is the a LVN, CNA, or RN on staff?
  1. Forms to ask for:

    • Copies of contracts, lease, etc.
    • Copy of the resident bill of rights
    • Copy of recent weekly menu of meals and snacks
    • Recent list of weekly activities and events
    • Copy of the most recent survey results from state inspectors

Keep Track Of Answers

Be sure to write down your answers as you go and keep a checklist for every community that you visit or are interested in. If you schedule a visit, it is wise to just drop in to see if the experience was just as nice. It may be a bad sign if you are not allowed to have an unscheduled visit. Once you have narrowed your selections down, you can schedule to do a few in-depth visits and dig much deeper for more information.

Independent Living Services in Arizona

If you are looking for the best independent living services in Arizona SLS Communities has 4 locations to serve seniors and their families.  Our staff understands the balance between offering assistance and respecting resident’s independence.  Our communities are clean, well appointed, have loads of activities along with great amenities and well manicured landscaping.  Independent Living is offered with two floorplans that include kitchenettes, individual heat/AC, and private balcony or patio.

For more information please call 928-284-1021 or visit independent living services

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Assisted Living vs. Independent Living Differences

If you’re searching for Assisted Living vs. Independent Living Differences this post will help you understand the benefits of both types of retirement living services. It can appear the difference between assisted living and independent living can be non-existent for people that are not familiar with the variety of nuances with care and housing options that are available for seniors. To choose the best possible living situation for seniors requires understanding what makes these two community types different.

Living Space Layouts

There is a range of housing arrangements that is encompassed by the independent category, from communities with apartment style structures, to housing co-ops. Typically, residents will live within their own space and have a space to gather, referred to as the common area. This allows socializing with other community members. Another terms for independent living include, active adult community, retirement community, senior apartments, retirement home, 55+ community, or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

With assisted living, the general arrangement is apartment-style. Depending on the location, units may have full kitchens, but some may not. For assisted living communities which specialize in seniors that require memory care, security is usually increased, including added surveillance, ensuring doors are always locked, etc.). Also, cognitively impaired residents may not be allowed to have apartments with a kitchen, for safety reasons.

Amenities and care services

The goal of independent living communities is to enable residents to have an easier day-to-day routine. This enables seniors to remain independent for as long as possible. It is common for independent living to provide housekeeping and landscape services, security surveillance, meal preparation, and various other events and activities. However, the majority of independent living communities do not staff full time nursing or medical care providers. “The top advantage of an independent living community is receiving assistance with housekeeping and meal tasks, and a centralized hospitality service building for seniors to socialize” said Regina Wallace, Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s director of independent senior apartments and assisted living program. Hebrew Home is an organization providing geriatric service in Riverdale, New York. “Within these type of communities, the focus is not really with hands-on care.”

Assisted Living Details

The focus of assisted living is more aimed at assisting older adults that require help with certain activities, such as laundry, taking prescription medications, and bathing. These type of communities have round the clock staff, including some form of medical professional, often a certified nurse practitioner. In addition, some facilities have special units designed for memory care, for those with mild to moderate dementia. Although, assisted living communities do not offer an intensive amount of hands-on care that is required for seniors with physical or more serious mental ailments.

Shared Benefits of Both Retirement Community Types

Both assisted living and independent living communities offer scheduled recreation unique to specific facilities. Some of the more common activities include field trips, game nights, discussion and support groups, exercise classes, holiday celebrations, and continued education courses. In addition, transportation services are provided for shuttling residents to grocery stores, doctor appointments, and additional errands.

Ways to pay and other finical considerations

With independent living, rent is the primary cost for representing residents, according to Wallace. For seniors that live in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) or a community which providesspecialize recreational activities, such a private golf course, could have extra expenses, such as a joining or membership fee.

Assisted Living Finances

With assisted living communities, seniors that require special are that is not covered under the standard rent contract will have additional expenses if a professional caregiver must be hired for assisting the resident.

In addition to differences in the health-related level of help residents are offered, the largest disparity between assisted living and independent living is the access of finical resources that both seniors and families may use to help with covering cost of living within the communities.

Independent Living Finances

Because residents are not provided a medical care service in independent living communities, government healthcare programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare will not cover the expense. Rather, seniors have to use their Social Security, retirement savings, pension income, or other personal funds for paying the cost of independent living communities.

Meanwhile, with assisted living expenses, seniors may use personal funds and savings. Specific long-term care insurance, life settlements, Aid and Attendance benefits of Veteran’s Administration, annuities and reverse mortgage funds can be used as well. Assisted living care coverage with Medicare is limited, typically only covering short-term stays, such as temporary illness or surgery recovery. Some financial assistance is offered by Medicaid as well, but guidelines vary between states.

Assisted Living & Independent Living in Arizona

If you or someone you know is considering the benefits of assisted or independent living the state of Arizona is one of the best places in the United States to do it.  SLS Communities has multiple locations in Arizona for assisted living and independent living in the state of Arizona.  Our communities are geared to be welcoming, friendly, and compassionate to residents living in any of our retirement living communities.

For more information about either assisted living or independent living
please contact us by calling 480-348-0300.

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