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Aging With Choice: The Retirement Community Decision

Whether you’re nearing retirement or have been retired a while, you’ve probably already begun to think about how to make the most of your senior years. You’ve grown weary of cleaning leaves out of the gutters and are ready to focus your attention on living life to the fullest!

Still, when’s the right time to move?

The answer is certainly as individual as you are. However, there are some important considerations to factor into your decision. And whether it’s now or later, it’s best to learn as much as possible to prepare.

Here are four reasons to make a move sooner:

1. Give yourself options.

We often talk to teenagers about the future. Whether it’s preparing for college, a technical career, or the military, we have guidance counselors who help them make the most of their options. We help them dream about what’s next. We need to have the same intentionality about our senior years.

Unfortunately, sometimes we put off a decision until a health crisis hits. Then, we may have little or no choice about where to go, based on what’s available at that moment. If you’ve had a family member enter the hospital and then need to quickly move to rehab or nursing care, you know how limited the options can be.

With a retirement community offering assisted living, memory care and other health services, you can move in with a completely independent lifestyle and enjoy the peace of mind that more skilled care is available when you need it. Then, when you need more care, you don’t have to move from place to place, based on space. You don’t have to start over with strangers. At St. Anthony’s Gardens, you become a part of our community, get to know our staff and neighbors, and stay in the community through your life.

2. Make yourself at home.

Moving into a senior living community when you’re independent and healthy means you can make the most of all of our community programs and events. You get to know your neighbors and our staff. You can participate in activities and really make St. Anthony’s Gardens your home.

Go for popcorn and a movie. Attend a lecture to challenge your brain. Improve your flexibility with morning yoga in one of our two on-campus fitness centers. Join your friends for a special outing, or stroll next door to Most Holy Trinity for Mass. Bask in all the upscale creature comforts of lavish living, from 9-foot ceilings and granite countertops to private patios and generous closets.

3. Take care of your well-being.

One of the dangers of staying in your home too long is becoming isolated from the outside world. Today, about one in three seniors live alone, and the health implications are leading to a loneliness epidemic. Science is telling us that isolation can be as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. If your health begins to decline, you have few opportunities for social activity.

The numbers of people affected by this loneliness epidemic are alarming. But you don’t have to be a statistic. At St. Anthony’s Gardens, you always have friends nearby. Our friendly staff soon begins to feel like family.

Further, at St. Anthony’s Gardens, as a nonprofit organization, we fully invest in and prioritize your health and well-being with numerous services and amenities. Our Garden Center Commons Area provides a number of luxury amenities, including exercise classes and cardio and strength-training equipment; full-service salon and barber shop; routine blood pressure, weight and wellness checks; educational lectures and classes; outpatient rehabilitation with physical, occupational and speech therapy; onsite clinic, and much more!

Our dining services will also enrich your life with delicious and nutritious meals.

4. Don’t wait too long.

A generation or so ago, moving into a senior living community may have felt like something you did late in life, when you needed assistance with the tasks of daily living. But today’s older Americans are enjoying more active lifestyles and social activities in retirement communities of all sorts. They are taking charge of their destiny and deciding where they will spend some of the most carefree and flexible days of their lives. They are deciding to live fully without the burdens of home maintenance and transportation worries.

There’s really no reason to wait too long — the sooner you move, the more quickly you can get on with living life to the fullest St. Anthony’s Gardens!

The St. Anthony’s Gardens Difference

St. Anthony’s Gardens, an upscale senior living, provides a boutique retirement experience, meeting your needs now and in the future.

Along with basic services such as housekeeping, security, restaurant-style dining, cable and Wi-Fi, St. Anthony’s Gardens provides resort-style amenities such as:

  • Open lobby with piano and concierge desk
  • Lounge with party area and TV
  • Elegant, private dining room for special events
  • Theater with big-screen TV
  • Arts and crafts studio
  • Library with resident business center
  • Beauty salon and barber shop
  • Multiple exercise rooms for cardio and strength training
  • Auditorium
  • On-site Chapel
  • Covered porch and walking paths
  • Bicycle reservations to explore our campus on an outdoor ride

Additionally, our community is part of the vibrant culture of Louisiana: the taste of Cajun and creole cuisine, the sounds of jazz, and the festivals of the area. Our campus blends bustling activities with quiet retreats. Enjoy high tea, an exercise class or catch a concert with good friends. And, don’t miss downtown Covington’s one-of-a-kind streets of shops and restaurants.

It’s never too soon to move, and one of the nicest things about St. Anthony’s Gardens is that there is no large buy-in fee. You can move any time without a financially burdensome up-front payment. Call today for information or a tour: 985-238-4310!



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