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Four Independent Senior Living Myths Busted in 2023

Dec 12, 2022

We probably all have an idea of what senior living looks like.

Our view of senior living communities is often shaped by popular portrayals – such as those seen in movies and television, so it should come as no surprise that they might need a little updating. 

In recent years, the senior living industry has continued to innovate, offering older adults increased freedom, choice, and connections with others who share similar interests. At Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, residents enjoy these benefits and more in a progressive retirement culture right in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

In the following article, we’ll debunk some common myths about independent senior living.

MYTH: Senior living is only for those “elderly” people who need care.

FACT: At Gates Circle, we elevate the lifestyle of active, independent seniors.

If you need personal support or senior care, you’ll certainly find that at a senior living community like Gates Circle, but the truth is that many seniors move to independent living because they want daily opportunities for recreation and social interaction, like a full activities calendar where you can meet new friends while learning or pursuing an exciting new sport or hobby. Or kick back in our luxurious penthouse cocktail lounge while sipping something delicious after a long day of relaxation.

When you transition into independent living, you’re freed from chores and responsibilities like: 

  • Housekeeping 
  • Indoor and outdoor maintenance
  • Landscaping and lawn care
  • Meal preparation (if you so choose)

MYTH: I’ll have to leave my family and friends.

FACT: At Gates Circle, family and friends stay connected.

Our community in Buffalo welcomes family and friends. Our floor plans are spacious, with room for visitors. The community also features multiple communal spaces where friends and family can gather, such as: 

  • Lunt Hall for meetings and special events
  • Gorgeous lounge for relaxing or socializing

MYTH: I’ll be stuck inside with nothing to do.

FACT: On the contrary: Recreation, wellness, and personal development are all encouraged by senior living communities through activities, events, and outings.

Getting involved in your community, pursuing new interests, and learning new skills are among the many engaging opportunities available to you as a resident of Canterbury Woods Gates Circle. We have an extensive calendar of events and take interested residents on excursions throughout Buffalo and beyond.

We offer a packed activities calendar and numerous leisure options at Gates Circle. From yoga to tai chi to informal happy hours, there’s something fun for everyone. Some of our most popular lifestyle amenities include:

  • Library and media center
  • Cultural arts studio
  • Wellness Center and clinic
  • Guest apartment
  • Membership to the Jewish Community Center
  • Access to amenities at our Williamsville community

MYTH: There’s no privacy at a senior living community.

FACT: At Gates Circle, all floor plans are spacious and private.

While the community has a lot to offer, everyone needs a quiet refuge to relax. Our luxury senior apartment community is in the desired Elmwood Village neighborhood, close to everything you love while offering the perfect home base for venturing into the city. We offer a variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging in size from 800 to 2,000 square feet, so you’re sure to find one to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Contemporary Retirement Living Near Elmwood Village.

At Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, our goal is simple: provide seniors with the best possible living experience. To meet our residents’ changing needs, we offer Life Care. This contract grants access to a full continuum of care, which includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation

To qualify for Life Care, residents need to move in while still independent in addition to meeting certain age and income requirements. 

Contact us to learn more about independent living at Gates Circle today.

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