Florida has long been known as one of the best retirement destinations in the United States. Studies reveal that Florida is actually the No. 1 state in the country for retirement living, with around 55,000 Americans age 55 and older moving to Florida every year. In fact, 19.1 percent of the population in Florida is above age 65! For those seniors who seek a warm climate, affordable housing and a lower cost of living — plus plenty of social opportunities and fun area attractions — retirement in Florida is a perfect choice.
North Florida, in particular, is a great region for seniors. It is comprised of the top half of the state, including the Panhandle. Cities like Live Oak in Suwannee County offer small-town charm in a quiet atmosphere with plenty of things to do and see. What are some of the main reasons seniors chose Florida for retirement living? Here are just a few:
Lower cost of living and taxes. A lower cost of living entices many seniors to the state of Florida, where there’s also no income tax. Plus, retirement income and Social Security benefits are not taxed, either, nor are there estate or inheritance taxes.
An escape from cold winters. The year-round warmth makes moving to Florida highly appealing to seniors who have grown tired of those frigid winters of the north. This means that outdoor activities and social opportunities don’t cease at any point throughout the year, and you can leave your puffy winter coat buried deep in the closet — or donate it to your friends in the northern states!
A variety of activities for everyone. The temperate climate makes it easy to enjoy a variety of activities, both outdoors and indoors. Get some quality exercise by spending time on the many nearby golf courses or tennis courts, go hiking or canoeing along the Suwannee River, visit a local museum or theater, or enjoy a night of music, dance or drama as part of Advent Christian Village’s Live! at Dowling Park artist series. There’s truly something for every lifestyle in north Florida!
Plenty of quality health care. You’ll find plenty of area hospitals and medical facilities to support all your healthcare needs. In fact, Copeland Clinic, located at Advent Christian Village, is open to men and women of all ages living in Dowling Park and in the surrounding communities. Not only does the staff at Copeland Clinic provide quality medical care, but they also team up with specialized care centers, doctors and specialists in various fields to provide the highest level of care possible.
Community living a carefree lifestyle. Downsizing offers some definite benefits to older adults, and moving to a north Florida retirement community provides a true way to successfully age in place. You’ll be relieved of many of the burdens of home maintenance, enjoy a higher level of independence, and delight in plenty of options to stay engaged physically, mentally and socially.
If you’re thinking about moving to Florida, consider the lifestyle offered at Advent Christian Village. Our North Florida senior living community offers a compassionate continuum of care with a hometown feel. Come live life to the fullest! Contact us to schedule a tour or to request more information.