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Dreamy Senior Living: Retirement Options You Never Imagined

Retirement Options You Never Imagined

By , Caring.com senior editor
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We baby boomers don't want to think about aging and senior living options. For many of us, the idea of "senior living" is synonymous with "nursing home" -- and our impressions of nursing homes are not great. One recent survey found that we actually fear death less than we fear loss of independence and moving into a nursing home. We're also extremely concerned about our aging parents' futures. More than 82 percent of boomers surveyed in the study Aging in Place in America fear their parents will be mistreated in a nursing home, and 89 percent worry their parents will be depressed.

Yet it's pretty inevitable that at some point fairly soon, we're going to have to make some tough decisions about senior living for our parents, our sisters, our spouses. And ourselves.

Here's the good news. Senior living options are changing. We've come a long way from those stuffy waiting rooms and narrow, disinfectant-scented corridors we remember from the 1970s. Many of today's communities are downright dreamy -- they feel more like cozy small towns or high-end resorts than anything else. The enormous number of options available presents us with a chance to reenvision what's possible in aging. Not just for those lucky enough to be physically and financially sound, but for all of us.

Here, you'll find just a few inspiring senior living options that help us look forward in a positive way to what might be possible for us (and our loved ones) as we age. The places we profile may be too far from you, and some may be too expensive for your family's resources. But hopefully seeing what's possible will spark you to think about what's important to you when you start to tour the places that are within your reach.

Read on to learn about assisted living communities for different types of people, including the country craftsperson, seaside stroller, lifelong learner, and desert spa lover.