In This Chapter
Knowing the value of community
Evaluating your community for aging in place
Considering communities that are specifically for older people
Young families starting out look often carefully at communities before buying a home or making a move. They investigate schools, recreation, shopping, parks, safety, commuting, and the ambience of a neighborhood. Although some of the elements may differ, people who are planning for long-term care should look just as carefully at communities. Sometimes, however, the importance of a community is overlooked, precisely because it may be very familiar. Living in a community at one stage of life does not prepare you for what may be needed at a later stage.
This chapter is an overview of the strengths and resources that communities may offer and helps you decide whether your community has enough or the right kind of resources for you or your parent or other relative. Finally, it describes special communities that have been developed around the needs of older people.
Community is one of those words we tend to use freely but without being clear about ...