5 Reasons Active Adult Communities Can Change Your Life

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Pickleball Cookout at Rolling Greens, Ocala.

Did you know that living in an active adult community can change your life? Studies show that activities and events can have numerous cognitive and health benefits for seniors. Here are 5 reasons you should not only live in an active community, but get involved too!

SLEEP SOUNDLY

Research shows that people who have more fulfilling relationships tend to sleep better than those who don’t. If you’re experiencing insomnia, try getting involved in the community. Getting active and on a regular schedule will help you to reset your internal clock, which will also help you sleep more soundly. Try going to some activities in the community that happen at the same place and time every week. It will give you a schedule, and help keep you accountable.

BRAIN BOOST

Did you know that research has proven people who stay mentally engaged can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?  Newby Management community’s like Rolling Greens host numerous events that can get your mind going. Activities like book club, card games or woodshop can teach you new skills, revive your interest in books, and keep your mind sharp. Rolling Greens keeps the calendar full, and even has an on-site social director to plan events. Communities like these will help keep your mind in shape! In one study at Rush, researchers followed about 800 people, all about age 80, for four years. The participants had no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study, but some described themselves as lonely and tested positive on a “loneliness scale.” During the study, 76 people developed Alzheimer’s-like dementia. People with the highest scores on the loneliness scale had more than twice the risk of developing dementia as those with more social connections who had scored lower.

INCREASED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Get out there and active, because studies show that getting out and having people around you makes your immune system function better. As humans, being active and social is an important part of our overall health, so important, in fact, that it literally affects how our body operates. Stay healthy and find some new friends to have fun with.

LIVE LONGER

A strong social circle can actually increase the length of your life! Even more importantly, it’s actually friends, not family, who give you the boost. The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging studied the effects of friendships on health and aging. Older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with the weakest network of good friendships.

HAPPY & HEALTHY

Socially active seniors usually have a more positive mood, and it can help fight depression. Loneliness is a unique risk factor for symptoms of depression, and loneliness and depression have a synergistic adverse effect on well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Get out, get active and make some friends. Finding a well-rounded community is important. When you’re researching adult communities for retirement, be sure they are active and have lots of events! (And then make sure to go to them, after all, it’s good for you!)

Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html

https://www.livescience.com/55882-family-not-friends-increase-longevity.html

 

7 Reasons Newby Management’s Active Adult Communities Will Change Your Life

If you’re ready to retire, it can be hard to decide where to go. We have 8 reasons that will make you want to pack your bags and head to sunny Florida today, because we think our active adult communities could change your life.

1. Stay Active, Live Longer

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Ladies’ areobics at Camelot East in Sarasota.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, almost all older people can benefit from additional physical activity. Regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury. Getting active can be hard, but it’s easier when you have yoga, swimming, pickleball, shuffleboard and more right in your back yard. In our communities, these activities are free to residents and a ton of fun!

2. Life Long Friends

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Derby Day at Camelot East, Sarasota.

Once you’re in the swing of getting active, you’ll start to meet friendly neighbors who will turn into life-long friends. Our communities pride themselves on being places where neighbors care about and look out for each other. They are safe places with warm, inviting people. And the only thing that makes fun events more fun is good friends.

3. Affordable Housing 

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Beautiful home for sale in Camelot East, Sarasota.

Downsizing homes in retirement can be daunting, but our manufactured homes are sure to wow you. In many Newby Managmeent communities, we are placing brand new manufactured homes at affordable prices. These homes are energy-efficient, craftsman built and stylish. Plus, there are tons of options for renovated and upgraded homes as well. Find a style and price that fits your budget!

4. Resort-Style Amenities 

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Resort-style amenities at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re at a resort? Many of our active adult communities feature resort-style amenities like oversized heated swimming pools, hot tubs, shuffleboard and tennis courts, libraries, business centers, clubhouses and more. These kind of amenities make every day feel like a vacation.

5. Sunny Weather

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A Florida sunset over Camelot East in Sarasota.

What good are resort-style amenities without resort weather? Florida is home to beautiful year-round weather, with our average temperature in the 80’s. Most days are sunny and breezy, perfect for your outdoor activities or just enjoying a book on your front porch.

6. Exciting Events

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Follies at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Many of our communities keep their calendars stocked with fun monthly events from dances and potlucks to bingo and group classes. These events are a great way to stay active, meet neighbors and become part of the community. The best part is, you don’t even have to go far from home to find a great time.

7. Maintenance-Free Living

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Lovely landscaping at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Besides caring for your home and yourself, you won’t have to worry about your yard! In many of our communities, lawn maintenance is included in your monthly fee. Which means you get to spend your time outside golfing instead of trimming hedges. Plus you get to enjoy a pool, clubhouse and more, all without added upkeep!

 

Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

Pickleball, seniors pickleball, pickleball in florida, 55+ community, active adult community Watch out, tennis because there’s a new sport in town. A combination  of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a great way to get active for young and old alike.

The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.

In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.

For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.

Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.

Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.

At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.

See Pickleball in action at one of our premier 55+ communities in Ocala, FL: Rolling Greens Pickleball 

Sources:

Pickleball Grows In Popularity As A Way To Get Moving

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

 

 

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/2017/04/27/us-open-pickleball-popularity-means-big-business-sport-grows/100925432/