According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute National Household Travel Survey, more than one-fifth of adults who are age 65 or older do not drive. AARP reports that more seniors “will be clamoring for rides as the country’s 78 million boomers, now ages 49 to 67, shed their car keys.”
That’s some fuel for thought. For many individuals in our society, younger and older Americans alike, our cars, trucks and SUVs represent a form of freedom in a way—providing us with the vehicle—pun intended!—to get up and go when we want, how we want and for as long as we want.
AARP noted that getting older Americans where they need to go could turn into what it classified as a “national conundrum.” Here at Southgate at Shrewsbury, we can certainly appreciate that sentiment. But, we’re very pleased that our community offers independent living solutions that virtually take the need for travel out of your daily regime if you decide you don’t want to or can’t drive anymore.
And, for those who continue to drive, our interwoven community of gourmet restaurants, entertainment, apartment-style living, educational outlets and fitness activities leave many of our residents thinking about ditching their wheels altogether. In fact, many of the residents here at Southgate at Shrewsbury have embraced the hassle-free lifestyle, much like someone burrowing in Greenwich Village on the most cosmopolitan island in the world—Manhattan—would!
What it boils down to is this: If you don’t have “the world” at your doorstep having a car may make sense. And, for many, driving is something they will always want and need to do. But, when you choose to live in an independent senior living community like Southgate at Shrewsbury, that “world” is at your doorstep, literally, so if you’re thinking about retiring your vehicle, this very well could be the place for you!
What drives your happiness—your car or your ability to enjoy the things you savor most in life? Contact Southgate at Shrewsbury to learn how our comprehensive array of residential lifestyle options can steer you toward the future you’ve always wanted, and most certainly deserve.