City Living for Retirees Gains Popularity

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City living is no longer reserved for 20- or 30-somethings seeking the hustle and bustle that major metropolitans have to offer. Now more than ever, city living for retirees has quite the appeal. In fact, more people are deciding they want to remain in cities as they age, according to the 2017 Aging in Cities Survey.

Seven out of 10 city dwellers – and eight out of 10 baby boomers – say they prefer to keep living in the city well into their 80s rather than escaping to the suburbs, according to the survey findings. The survey features responses from 3,000 adults of all ages living in 10 large North American cities, including Chicago. It was commissioned by Welltower Inc., a health care real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Toledo, Ohio.

Participants believe their city is the best option as they age for many reasons, including:

– Access to high-quality health care

– Transportation options that enhance mobility

– Proximity to jobs for full- or part-time work in retirement

– Ease of social interactions

– Diverse populations

– Walkability to shops, activities and more

City Living at The Clare

At The Clare, you can expect to fulfill each of the desires that ranked highest among survey participants. The community is located near Northwestern Memorial Hospital, for one. A recent partnership with ride-share company Lyft provides residents with rides to their medical appointments within a 3-mile radius of the building. Public transportation is also easily accessible, and drivers on staff can get residents where they need to go, as well.

The Clare’s central location in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood means residents can walk to high-end stores and upscale restaurants on the Magnificent Mile. The community even recently received top mark from Walk Score® for its walkable accessibility to local attractions. Plus, Chicago is the sixth most walkable large city in the United States.

Within the building, a variety of programming takes places every day, such as social and learning opportunities. The best part is, The Clare offers life care, meaning you will be taken care of as you age without having to move from place to place.

In any case, city living for retirees is made entirely possible at The Clare. Just ask the residents who already live here.