Debunking the Myths of Retirement Communities

By Thom Braun

Myths of Retirement CommunitiesAlthough most older adults know at least one person residing at a senior living community, there are often misconceptions about life at a retirement community. Bingo – though still popular – has been replaced with activities such as belly dancing and virtual gaming and for those who think residents “sit around all day”, you may have a hard time keeping up with their busy schedules.

Here are a few of the most common myths about senior living communities:
• MYTH: Residents are Frail and in Poor Health
People often equate age with fragility and nothing could be further from the truth. Residents at retirement communities across the country are redefining aging stereotypes and proving that age is nothing more than a number.

For example, Hannah Tillinger is 94 years old and a resident at The Carlisle Naples. She has taught the water fitness class at the luxury, resort-style senior living community for the past 8 years and is a testament to being “young at heart”.

The Carlisle is also home to centenarians and residents well into their 90s who continue to lead active and engaged lives. In fact, research shows that older adults who choose to move to senior living communities can often add years to their lives.

• MYTH: There is Nothing to Do
You’ll never hear “there’s nothing to do” at most retirement communities. Typically, a fulltime Program director is responsible for planning and coordinating specialty classes, entertainment, outings and special events.

The Carlisle’s Program Director ensures there is a daily group and/or activity to pique even the most discerning resident’s interest. College-level courses? Check. Investment Group? Check.  Book Club? Check.

And, for residents seeking a slower pace, there is a plethora of things to do. From reading the Wall Street Journal in the community’s onsite library to enjoying a classic film in the in-house theatre, residents have the option to be as active or as relaxed as they wish.

• MYTH: You Can’t Come and Go as You Please
Senior living communities offer a “lock and leave” lifestyle. Residents can simply lock their front door and know their residence will be taken care of should they leave for a day or a few weeks.

There’s no need to worry about the accumulation of newspapers on the front lawn—a surefire signal to thieves that you’re away—or ask a neighbor to check your mail.

Older adults who drive will find retirement communities welcoming as well, though they often find that with the community’s convenient transportation service, they no longer need to drive as much. Plus, with night driving becoming increasingly difficult, they are happy to climb aboard a community’s shuttle with neighbors to enjoy late-evening concerts and cultural entertainment.

• MYTH: They Serve “Hospital Food”
When was the last time you enjoyed a flavorful, fresh salmon filet, lightly seasoned and grilled to order and finished with a drizzle of pesto glaze or herb-crusted spring lamb chops roasted to perfection with an onion mint marmalade? At The Carlisle, this is a typical dinner choice for residents.

The Carlisle Room, our onsite restaurant, is renowned for its extensive fine dining menu and is open 12 hours daily, seven days a week offering resident dining flexibility.

Our talented executive chef and his culinary team work tirelessly to raise the bar of five-star dining at a senior living community. The Carlisle Room’s menu entrees incorporate a full range of selections—from gourmet international and ethnic cuisine to comfort foods and heart healthy options.

• MYTH: Retirement Communities Are Expensive When compared to the monthly expenses and upkeep of a house, many older adults have found they actually spend less per month and gain countless additional benefits by moving to a retirement community.

The Carlisle’s monthly fee boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities for example.

A “Compare the Value” Worksheet is available in the Resources section of the Senior Resource Group –owners and operators of The Carlisle—website,

“Throw away your misconceptions about retirement living,” said Executive Director Bill Diamond. “At The Carlisle, it’s all about choice, independence and exceeding residents’ expectations.”

Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and a complimentary full breakfast plus choice of lunch or dinner in the community’s gourmet-style restaurant. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit

The Carlisle, a luxury, resort-style senior living community in North Naples, offers both Independent and Assisted Living lifestyles. Available on a monthly fee basis, the ECC-licensed and CARF-accredited community boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities. Located on Airport-Pulling Road, between Pine Ridge and Immokalee Roads, the award-winning community’s lush tropical environment is highlighted with meandering walking paths around three lakes and tranquility gardens. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Director of Marketing Thom Braun at 239-221-0017.

Luxury Rental Retirement Living
6945 Carlisle Court, Naples, FL  34109
239-221-0017 .

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