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Advantages to Being a Senior Citizen Living in Florida

by Lori Madden 09/20/2020

It's no mystery why thousands of retirement-age people choose Florida as the place they'd most like to live during their golden years.

The warm weather, tropical ocean breezes, and vacation-like environment are among the many reasons there's always a steady stream of retirees moving to Florida or relocating within the state.

Whether you're looking for a beachfront property or a cottage in a senior community, the choices are as varied as the people who make their homes here.

When you weigh the desirable features of living in Florida -- especially in one's retirement years -- the advantages make it a very appealing option!

As the result of the popularity of Florida among senior citizens, many businesses, organizations, and health care facilities are geared to meeting the needs of middle-aged and older residents. Although Florida certainly offers a lot of youth-oriented activities, attractions, and entertainment, it also goes "the extra mile" to cater to the interests and needs of the "Baby Boomer" generation: Americans born roughly between the years of 1946 and 1964.

There's no doubt that Florida seniors contribute immensely to the state's economy -- a fact that is widely recognized by government and business leaders. According to The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, "The 'spending power' of Florida's elders is $135 billion annually, almost $15 billion more than residents aged 49 and under." It also says seniors account for more than 50% of new home construction, and that seniors comprise more than 40% of all voters in Florida, making them the state's largest voting block. Since the 1970's, "the population of Florida has increasingly grown more senior, and with the aging of the baby boomers," the organization notes, "this trend will continue."

So what does this all mean to present and future Florida home owners who are approaching their retirement years? In a nutshell: Florida is a very "senior friendly" place in which to live, where there are many services, social activities, economic policies, and recreational programs geared to retirees.

While seniors may sometimes feel marginalized in other parts of the country, they are clearly recognized in Florida as a dominant, important, and growing sector of the population. To quote the ADRC: "By 2020, the State is expected to have a population of more then 23.5 million, and people over 60 will make up over 28 percent of that population."

Although Florida has proven to be a vibrant and thriving place to live for people of all ages, seniors have exceptional access to everything from senior-oriented housing and medical care to social activities and recreation.

It's always advisable to research different communities before setting your sights on specific Florida cities, but you won't have far to look for communities, climates, and locations that meet your personal requirements and lifestyle expectations.

About the Author
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Lori Madden

As a Florida native growing up in Sarasota, I have seen my hometown grow from a sleepy coastal town to a highly sought-after destination along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. After working in Chicago for 5 years, I returned to Sarasota and saw it through a new lens and really began to appreciate what makes Sarasota so desirable, including temperatures that allow for year round outdoor activities including tennis (a personal favorite), golf, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing and/or shelling on our pristine sandy shores, including Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the United States for 2017, Siesta Key! Sarasota’s cultural amenities are many and diverse, appealing to a wide range of arts lovers. Downtown Sarasota has become a destination in itself, drawing many new developments for those who want to be within walking distance of Main Street's offerings and the picturesque bayfront and marina. Foodies will find an eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants offering something for everyone, and there are now Farmers Markets every day of the week in various locations throughout Sarasota, but the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota draws the biggest crowds. Since 1988, my passion has been selling real estate, representing both buyers and sellers. I have been recognized by my clients and customers for an uncompromising work ethic and dedication to helping them achieve their real estate goals. Relying on my experience as a real estate paralegal and being highly organized, I am able to help make the transition between contract and closing a smooth one for my clients. With an eye for interior and landscape design, I've been known to pitch in and help Sellers minimize and/or reorganize their belongings in order to stage their home to maximize its sale potential. I specialize in out of state buyers looking for their piece of paradise along the Gulf Coast and make it a priority to keep them up to date on our quickly changing local real estate market. I welcome the opportunity to share with you all Sarasota and her surrounding islands have to offer!