After World War II, Long Island was a suburban hot spot for people wanting to raise a family. Today, however, Long Island is facing a reality that is common across the country – a rapidly aging population and minimal growth in the number of residences purposefully designed for older adults.
The Long Island Index notes that Long Island’s 55+ population is growing by about 2% per year, which is more than six times Long Island’s overall population growth. Long Island also has a higher share of individuals 55 and older when compared to both New York City and other suburban areas of New York.
Despite this higher share of the population, people seeking independent living on Long Island have only four Life Plan Communities* to choose from. The number of Life Plan Communities in New York State in relation to the potential demand is slim, particularly when compared to the ratios found in neighboring states like Pennsylvania.
Why is independent living in demand?
Many people move to a Life Plan Community to simplify their lives and improve their social well-being. Often, individuals find that the neighborhood they raised their family in is beginning to change, with new families purchasing the homes of old friends. This change can contribute to social isolation which can negatively impact overall health and wellness; conversely, a Life Plan Community is designed to support socialization and community involvement.
Reflecting a shift in retirees’ attitudes, a recent study conducted by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University showed that:
- 69 percent of residents reported that moving to a Life Plan Community “somewhat or greatly improved” their social wellness.
- Life Plan Community residents tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness than their counterparts who do not live in a Life Plan Community.
- Residents report significantly more healthy behaviors than community dwellers (not just more exercise).
If you’re considering independent living on Long Island – even if you’re not quite ready to move –now is the time to make your deposit and secure your future residence at Fountaingate Gardens, Long Island’s newest proposed Life Plan Community. With limited options available and an increasing demand, waiting until you’re “ready” may just be too late.
Fountaingate Gardens’ amenity-filled, resort-style setting will feature dining venues, a fitness center, an indoor pool and even health care services, all on the Gurwin campus in Commack, Long Island, not to mention a convenient proximity to beaches, wineries, New York City and more.
Call 631-715-2693 today or request an onsite appointment to learn more about how Fountaingate Gardens could positively impact your total wellness.
*also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC