What is an Active Senior Community?

January 17, 2023 / Senior Living Community
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Seniors enjoy a nature walk in their active senior community

When you envision your retirement, what lifestyle do you picture for yourself? If you imagine going to lunch with friends, enjoying nature walks, spending time with your family, or getting together for bunco or a movie with friends, you're in good company! More and more retirees are searching for active senior communities so they can do just that.

Learn more about an active senior community and how to select the right one for you.

What is an Active Senior Community?

An active senior community, also called an active 55+ community, is a living space designed for middle-aged adults eager to live independently but still enjoy access to resort-style amenities. These communities provide residents with the opportunity to stay active and social in retirement.

The Benefits of an Active Senior Community

An active senior community offers a lot of perks for retirees.

  • Active senior communities offer a chance to enjoy your active retirement without worrying about housekeeping, home maintenance, or grocery shopping.
  • You'll live surrounded by neighbors who have similar interests and are in a similar stage of their life, fostering more community connections.
  • Seniors who live in active communities are more likely to experience the proven health benefits of staying physically active and socially connected.
  • Homes in senior communities are ideally suited to those looking to downsize in their golden years.

What to Look For in an Active Retirement Community

When selecting an active retirement community, look for features that ensure you'll be able to live peacefully and comfortably while enjoying the lifestyle you love. Consider features such as:

Security Measures

Independent living facilities often offer more robust security. When you tour a community, ask about the security features in place, like visitor check-in, security cameras, ample lighting, etc. Just because a senior community has close proximity to nature trails or outdoor recreation opportunities does not mean you have to sacrifice your safety. The best active communities are designed for residents to stay active, socially connected, safe, and secure.

Housing Options

Do you envision yourself living in a charming cottage or a stylish apartment? Are you interested in having a spare room for an office or a guest bedroom? If you drive, would you like your own garage? Explore floor plans at prospective communities to make sure they offer the features you want.


Because active senior communities are designed for aging residents, they typically offer accessibility features that help foster the active lifestyle you're looking for as you age. Look for accessibility features such as a walkable community, biking paths, stairlifts, wheelchair ramps, etc.


A great location can help foster an active lifestyle as well. Is your 55+ community convenient to health care and entertainment options like restaurants, theaters, and shopping opportunities? Conveniently enjoying brunch with your friends or a movie with your grandchildren makes maintaining a social lifestyle easier. If you're looking for ways to get more physical activity in your day, look for active senior communities that are located near nature and hiking trails or those with access to outdoor recreation opportunities.


Sometimes, retirement communities can get a bad rap. Maybe you've visited one that feels small and cramped or driven past a retirement community that looks no bigger than a breadbox. But not all retirement communities are the same, and Ponté Palmero is an active senior community that prides itself on providing enough space for your next adventure. Our 24-acre campus allows you space to enjoy your retirement, and our independent living cottages and assisted living villas are more spacious than those offered by nearby communities.

If having a spacious community and more square footage in your housing is important to you, schedule a tour of our incredible El Dorado Hills campus to see how much space an active community can provide.

What Amenities Can You Find in an Active Senior Community?

An active living community's amenities are an important factor when choosing your new home. Your community should offer a host of exciting activities and options for you to enjoy. For example, Ponté Palmero's residents enjoy amenities that include:

  • Clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool and warm water spa
  • Dining room with three daily meals
  • Walk securely on 24-acre grounds
  • Library
  • Beauty salon with manicures and pedicures
  • Fitness center
  • Bocce ball courts
  • Private theater
  • Gated community with private access to a nearby city park
  • Activities such as a wine club, bridge club, bunco, pool, a putting green, billiards, and more
  • Active living options like yoga, chair exercises, silver sculpt, and chair massages
  • Regular bus outings to the casino, metro opera live, baseball games, shopping, the zoo, etc.

Explore Ponté Palmero and Experience an Active Retirement Community

If the idea of an active retirement appeals to you, then you're in the right place. Ponté Palmero's gorgeous and spacious 24-acre campus is located near El Dorado Hills between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. You're invited to schedule a tour of our community and explore all of the amenities available to our independent living, assisted living, and memory care residents.

Ready to experience the tranquility and excitement of an active retirement community? Schedule a tour of Ponté Palmero today.


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