Retiring? A senior housing referral service points you to Florida.
SeniorAdvice released a list of the top 15 thriving senior living communities in the United States for LGBT seniors. Taking the top two slots are Florida senior living communities The Palms of Manasota in Palmetto, Florida and The Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Fort Myers, FL.
The Palms was the first retirement community in the country to openly welcome LGBT seniors, according to the site. It’s “a vibrant, thriving place to live,” according to SeniorAdvice. “Residents report a friendly, warm atmosphere with activities, comfortable and beautiful common areas, and a convenient location.”
As for the women-only community The Resort in Fort Myers, the housing referral service notes “This place is a popular vacation spot for many while others choose to make it their year-round home. There are beautiful vistas, meticulous common areas for swimming, outdoor living, and plenty of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy the popular Southwest Florida lifestyle.”
Other living communities included Stonewall Gardens in Palm Springs, California; Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, CA and Triangle Square in Hollywood, CA.
"SeniorAdvice.com will continue to be dedicated and focus on the challenges and needs of seniors of all backgrounds,” said SeniorAdvice CEO and Founder Ryan Patterson in a press release. “The LGBTQ senior community faces additional challenges that other seniors do not have to deal with, and we like to provide resources aimed at this group to help make transitioning to senior housing easier for all involved.”
The American Psychological Association claims “more than 39 million people in the U.S. are age 65 years or older including 2.4 million people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). It is estimated that as the baby boomer generation ages, the older adult population will increase from 12.8 percent to an estimated 19 percent in 2030.”