Welcome to Senior Orange County!
To live in a senior community, at least one person needs to be 55 or better. Children may visit, but typically for no more than two weeks at a time, or 90 days a year. These communities are also called active adult communities, 55+ communities, or even retirement communities even though not everyone living there is retired.
There are special amenities and activities in these communities catering to seniors. The larger communities offer more activities than smaller communities, simply because there are more people.
The choice of whether to live in a 55+ community is a personal one. Active adult communities tend to have an organized social life in which you can become involved. Outside of the 55+ communities, you are your own recreation director, but you’ll see more young families and children playing in the neighborhood. Some people tell me they like that, it keeps them feeling younger, while others tell me it’s a great relief to be away from screaming kids and barking dogs. So it all depends on your point of view and what kind of lifestyle you picture yourself living. In Orange County, we have something for everyone!