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Retiring seniors enter a new phase in their lives. They don’t have to go to work every day, their kids are grown, and they are looking for ways to fill their time. The home where they raised their family may be too big for them now and may require too much effort and cost to maintain.

If this describes you, you may be ready for a move to an independent living community. Here’s what you need to know if you are looking for independent living in Cherokee County.

You Don’t Need to Be Old

Some communities welcome seniors as young as 55 years old. And many older residents say they wish they made the move to independent living when they were younger.

Independent Living Is Healthy and Safe

According to research by the AARP, loneliness can lead to high levels of stress, and a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia. As a resident of an independent living community, you will be surrounded by people your age with similar interests.

Also, because you no longer have a home to maintain, you won’t risk a fall from a ladder. You won’t have to worry about falling down the stairs either, because independent living communities have elevators.

There’s Always Something Fun to Do

Independent living communities in Cherokee County offer a full calendar of activities to appeal to residents’ interests. Yoga, exercise classes, art projects, book clubs, regular card games, and movie nights are just some of the things you’ll find to do. Transportation is also available to local shops and restaurants, as well as your doctor’s appointments. Communities plan regular outings for residents, both to places around Cherokee County, and with day trips to Atlanta.

Have questions about independent living? Download our Everything You Need to  Know About Independent Living guide.

Maintain Your Freedom and Privacy

If you still drive, most independent living communities will let you bring your car. You can come and go as you please, and lock your door when you choose.

It’s Like Having a Housekeeper and a Chef

A move to independent living means leaving the household chores behind. The community provides housekeeping and laundry services. Also, you can take your meals in the community dining room, where someone else does the cooking and the dishes.

There Are Many Options in Cherokee County

Be sure to do your research, read reviews online, and visit several communities to see where you feel at home. Talk to the residents to see what they like about the community.

The Arbor at BridgeMill in Canton has a vibrant independent living community.  Residents live in luxurious, spacious apartments, eat together in the dining room, and take advantage of amenities like a pool table, plenty of outdoor living space, and a swimming pool. If you’d like to arrange a tour to find out more about what The Arbor at BridgeMill has to offer, call 770-691-0022.

Download Our Guide on Independent Living

Brooke Figueras

About the Author: Brooke Figueras

Brooke’s passion for serving seniors began upon graduating from the University of Georgia in 2003. She moved to Canton with her family to join The Arbor Company in 2017 and couldn’t be happier.

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