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People dream about their retirement their entire lives. The children are grown, work is no longer creating stress and worry, and you’re free to spend your days exactly how you want to.

Of course, for many seniors, retirement involves remaining in their homes, which can mean a surprising amount of time spent cleaning and maintaining your home, caring for your spouse, and running errands for medicine and groceries. Indeed, for seniors who stay in their homes, retirement can feel a lot like work.

It’s no wonder that many retirees opt to move into senior living communities. Residents of these communities aren’t spending their retirement just sitting around, though. For senior living residents in Knoxville and across the country, every day offers the chance for something exciting, engaging, and new. 

An Engaged Lifestyle

Senior living communities like Arbor Terrace of Knoxville are thoughtfully designed to engage residents physically, mentally, and spiritually. This approach ensures that residents are happier and more active, and in many cases, live longer.

Residents enjoy a full calendar of activities and programs from which they can pick and choose. These include:

  • Exercise programs, which provide significant health benefits for seniors 
  • Art and education to learn a new skill or just have fun
  • Delicious dining options to fit every appetite and meet all nutritional needs 
  • Social opportunities that make forming new friendships easy
  • Religious activities and spiritual reflection
  • Opportunities to give back and volunteer

A Day in the Life

With so many different options on hand, senior living residents in Knoxville can make their day as busy or as relaxed as they want to. It’s up to you to decide what your day looks like. Let’s take a look at a day in the life of a resident to get an idea of what that vision of retirement looks like:


You awake in your roomy apartment feeling relaxed and rested. Your community takes care of all housekeeping, maintenance, and laundry services, so all you have to think about next is breakfast. The dining room is a short walk away and includes a variety of delicious home-style breakfast options, whether you’re craving indulgent pancakes and syrup or a healthy omelette.

After breakfast, there’s no need to worry about cleaning up the kitchen or washing dishes. Instead, you decide to spend some time catching up with your fellow residents. You meet up with friends to take a leisurely walk around the beautifully landscaped grounds, or head out to the front porch to chat and relax in the rocking chairs. 

After you’ve reconnected with your friends, you consider the options for a fun activity before lunch. You could:

  • Recharge at the on-site beauty salon
  • Visit the senior cybercenter to email friends and family
  • Retire to a living room to read a magazine or the news
  • Explore the newest books at the library
  • Sign up for one of our many community activities, such as an exercise program, a painting class, or an arts and crafts event


At lunchtime, you meet up with some friends or host your grandkids in one of our beautiful dining rooms for a delicious, chef-prepared meal. If it’s a special occasion such as your birthday, our staff will help you celebrate in style. 


After lunch, you head up to your apartment for a quick nap or some quiet time. Housekeeping visited in the morning, so you don’t have to worry about any cleaning or house chores. It’s time to relax and recharge.


After another delicious chef-prepared meal, it’s time to take in this month’s community social. It might be bingo or bridge, a low-key ice cream social, or a themed dance that gives you the perfect excuse to dress up. 

Wherever the evening takes you, rest assured that your comfortable apartment is just a short walk away. At this moment, you don’t have a care in the world, so you can relish this night for as long as you’d like. That’s the beauty of living in such a supportive, relaxing community.

Interested in learning more about senior living in Knoxville? Explore the variety of community features and events offered at Arbor Terrace of Knoxville. 

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Karen Emerson

About the Author: Karen Emerson

Karen Emerson joined the Arbor Terrace of Knoxville team in March 2003 to work part-time in the Business Office. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Business Management. Karen became the Executive Director in November 2015 and is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Her door is always open to assist residents, family members, and staff.

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