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Old 05-08-2015, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I haven't decided yet if I want to be in an active or inactive senior community!

I worry about joining one of the advertised active senior communities, and decide, at some point in time, perhaps after only living there a week or 2, that I've elected to be a lazy, inactive senior. What might be the repercussions? Could I be forced to move, being a bad influence on the active seniors?

How about the pressure in these communities? Is there a Neighborhood Watch?

"Hey you! I'm with Neighborhood Watch, and I've been watching you the past 2 weeks, sitting out on your patio, eating too many sacks of potato chips and cartons of ice cream, and you even dragged your TV outside! Haven't seen you walking about, jogging, swimming, playing tennis or coming to the community center for yoga sessions! You're in the wrong place! You should be evicted! Shame on you!"

And? If I select an inactive senior community, and suddenly change my mind and decide to be a more active senior in this community, will I undergo the same pressure, of a different kind?

"Hey you! I see you jogging by my house one more time, I'm going to sic my pit bull on you!"

Decisions, decisions!!!

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Old 05-08-2015, 12:46 AM
 
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Yeah, the pressures during retirement are almost unbearable! It wears you out!
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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There's an inactive senior community up the hill from my house. It's called the St. Francis Cemetery, and believe me they don't do much. (:
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:33 AM
 
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Don't think it's a serious concern. You can do what you want, when you want, where you want. OR NOT. Doubt anyone cares. Some people like certain activities and others don't. Thankfully all people are not the same.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I don't think anyone can prohibit you from being inactive.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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The trick/point is not to pay for much more than you will use but making sure there is ample opportunity to do the things that you certainly or possibly will want to do. Get a newsletter with calendar from a few places and look through it and see how many things on their list of activities you would likely try and what things you have no interest in. The facilities and staff for some of these activities are not cheap and they pass the cost along. But make sure there are activities you would enjoy.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Some communities are sort of like all-inclusive vacations. You pay for the whole shebang in your HOA dues, whether you use it or not. Others are more like "a la carte". You pay low HOA dues and then pay for amenities separately...such as recreation/gym membership, dock fees, golf fees, etc.

I like to think of it like a restaurant, do you want to pay for the all you can eat buffet if you're only hungry for a lite lunch? And what if you are more active in your early retirement and as your health goes downhill and you no longer use those amenities? You don't want to be stuck having to pay for them.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Thanks for the giggle - let me know if you find a place.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
I haven't decided yet if I want to be in an active or inactive senior community!

I worry about joining one of the advertised active senior communities, and decide, at some point in time, perhaps after only living there a week or 2, that I've elected to be a lazy, inactive senior. What might be the repercussions? Could I be forced to move, being a bad influence on the active seniors?

How about the pressure in these communities? Is there a Neighborhood Watch?

"Hey you! I'm with Neighborhood Watch, and I've been watching you the past 2 weeks, sitting out on your patio, eating too many sacks of potato chips and cartons of ice cream, and you even dragged your TV outside! Haven't seen you walking about, jogging, swimming, playing tennis or coming to the community center for yoga sessions! You're in the wrong place! You should be evicted! Shame on you!"

And? If I select an inactive senior community, and suddenly change my mind and decide to be a more active senior in this community, will I undergo the same pressure, of a different kind?

"Hey you! I see you jogging by my house one more time, I'm going to sic my pit bull on you!"

Decisions, decisions!!!
I think you can go anywhere you want and do anything you want.

Only thing is the active communities probably have more fees.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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There's an inactive senior community up the hill from my house. It's called the St. Francis Cemetery, and believe me they don't do much. (:
Very funny!
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