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A recent survey by Bankrate.com ranked Utah as the fourth-best state in the nation for retirement. Among the factors that determined the ranking were quality of life, cost of living, health care quality, crime rate and tax burden. Whether you are recently retired or still working, thinking about where you want to live as retirement approaches is extremely important. Over the last few years active-adult communities have become increasingly popular among retirees because they provide an opportunity to reside near people in the same stage of life and offer a low-maintenance lifestyle.
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Here are four benefits of retiring in an active-adult community:

Low-maintenance Lifestyle

Get rid of the lawnmower and snow shovel. After all you’ve earned it. Active-adult communities are designed to give you less work and more free time during retirement. The lock and leave convenience of knowing that the exterior maintenance of your home is taken care of is optimal whether you travel a lot or you just don’t want to take care of it anymore.  While services can vary, most communities offer a variety of services to reduce the time spent on property maintenance.

Stay Healthy

Staying active and social in retirement are important aspects of healthy aging. It can be quite the adjustment to no longer go to the office every day, but it is important to find a routine. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, retirees should spend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. Look for an active-adult community that offers access to a fitness facility, a walkable community, and opportunities to try new activities for exercise like kayaking on a nearby lake or joining a walking group.

Homes Designed For You

Not all homes are created equal. Daybreak in South Jordan offers a variety of home options expertly designed to tailor to the needs of residents’ age 55+. Garden Park, has homes starting in the mid $100s offering large gathering spaces, wide hallways and doors, custom interior design options and private outdoor patio space. And don’t even think about climbing the stairs to go to bed, main-floor master bedrooms are available in all home plan collections.

Stay Connected

The feeling of loneliness is very common after retirement. The key to preventing depression during retirement involves staying busy and finding opportunities for social engagement. Active-adult communities offer a variety of programmed activities and opportunities to stay busy, as well as opportunities to meet your neighbors who are at a similar station in life. Residents can join various clubs like: gardening, walking, book club, ballroom dance and more. And the best part is, it is all located close to home.
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Garden Park is designed to give residents less work and more free time. Located within the award-winning Daybreak master planned community, Garden Park village is just around the corner from shops and restaurants at SoDa Row, and is minutes from other conveniences such as the University of Utah Health Care Center and TRAX lines. Garden Park has its own inlet from Oquirrh lake and is steps from the walking trails. Residents can take advantage of the perfect summer morning by borrowing a kayak or canoe. Garden Park itself was also recently voted as one of the 50 best places to retire by Where to Retire magazine. All homes in Garden Park are built exclusively by Ivory Homes. For more information about the Daybreak community or Garden Park, call 801-446-9022.