Retirement communities are a sensible solution for independent elderly persons with few medical problems who feel the need for companionship, social activities and the desire to live among retirees with similar backgrounds and interests. Most retirement communities provide accommodations for about 75 to 250 residents.

Many of these communities offer a secured environment and a wide range of services, including meals, scheduled medical appointment transportation, shopping transportation, field trips, tours and housekeeping services. Some communities also offer assisted living services for residents who need help with everyday living activities