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Active Retirement: National Trends in Senior Living Communities

The number of Americans hitting retirement age is booming. By 2030, over-65s will make up one-fifth of the U.S. population. With so many citizens headed toward retirement, senior living communities are providing more ways than ever to maximize the golden years. Here are some of the ways we’re helping to stay ahead of the curve at Brandermill Woods in Midlothian, VA.

One Community, Whatever Your Needs

Gone are the days when you had to uproot yourself from your senior living community as soon as you required extra assistance with day-to-day activities. We offer a complete continuum of care, where residents can transition seamlessly from independent living to assisted living, memory care, or skilled care without the upheaval of moving to another community and leaving behind friends and the comfort of established routines.

At Brandermill Woods, you can live out your retirement and take advantage of state-of-the-art care with staff you already know. That continuity not only puts you at ease, but it also keeps your adult children from the potential of making difficult decisions should more advanced care become necessary.

Staying Active in the Neighborhood

It’s no surprise that on-site fitness centers are a big draw when it comes to choosing a senior living community. Among a range of other benefits, a July 2019 study demonstrated that a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of dementia. The landscape evolves, though, and it’s not enough to have a small hotel-esque fitness center. Retirees want options for healthy living, from better-equipped gyms to personal training.

At Brandermill Woods, you can work out in our state-of-the-art Wellness Center, join aerobics and yoga classes, and plunge into an indoor swimming pool, all without leaving the community. You can also explore the wealth of outdoor adventures just outside our doors in Midlothian and the greater Richmond area.

Wander local biking and walking trails, or paddle the 1,700-acre Swift Creek Reservoir, located just minutes away. You can also tee off at an 18-hole, Gary Player-designed golf course. All residents receive a membership to Brandermill Country Club, and scheduled transportation makes getting there and back a breeze. 

To take advantage of the Richmond area’s many outdoor attractions, consider living in one of our spacious cottages, whose attached garages are perfect for stashing gear like golf clubs and kayaks.

Smart Communities

Another trend? Tech-savvy seniors! American retirees are concerned with staying healthy, and they’re increasingly likely to turn to smartwatches to track their fitness levels. Sales of wearable devices such as Apple Watch and Fitbit are expected to grow 15% in the over-55 age bracket in 2019. Indeed, this age group is more connected than ever before, and their technology usage continues to rise. One in seven Americans over 50 owns a home assistant such as Google Home or Amazon Echo (aka Alexa), which can help with tasks such as remembering a doctor’s appointment or setting medication reminders.

And who says your grandkids are the only ones who can play video games? Not only does playing games keep your brain sharp and improve your short-term memory, but it’s also a lot of fun! Regular Wii Sports sessions at Brandermill Woods help keep you in tip-top shape both mentally and physically.

Brandermill Woods: An Industry Leader in Senior Living

If you’re looking for a vibrant retirement community in the Richmond area, consider Brandermill Woods. We have been setting the pace for senior living communities for more than 30 years, and we continue to innovate. Plan a visit to discover what makes our community so special.