The National Association of Home Builders and the AARP have partnered to recognize a variety of developers and architects who have applied their skills to creating energy efficient and comfortable homes for active living seniors. To recognize those designers skills, the two organizations have announced the winners of the Livable Communities Awards.
Neighborhoods in Atlanta, Seattle and Chicago were among those designed by the winners.
The Green Lake residence in Seattle, Washington, for example, features a multi-story structure that comes equipped with an elevator, according to AARP.org. The feature is designed to allow independent living residents to age-in-place. They will be able to stay in their homes regardless of their changing needs.
Meanwhile, the NorthCenter Senior Campus in Chicago, Illinois, is the perfect place for active living seniors to get involved in activities like karaoke, belly-dancing and billiards. Community members can enjoy perks such as an indoor activities hub that allows them to socialize in common areas without having to brave the cold Chicago winters.
Seniors are likely to benefit from lively and engaging activities in retirement living communities. A study titled the Impact of
Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults found that those who participate in weekly art programs have fewer doctor visits and experience better response to mental health therapies.