The Experience of a Lifetime!
Perhaps we owe it to the ancient Greeks and their Festival of Dionysus, which ushered in ‘spring break’ as it were, a time to celebrate the arrival of spring, fertility, and of course great wine. Fast forwarding to the mid-1930s, Florida’s temperate climate gave birth to an idea that American college swim coaches latched on to in droves—winter swim training was much better in Florida than the frigid Northeast! And since swimming can’t be done 24-hours a day, those athletes figured out that Florida was also a swell place to party, and relax! And every decade since, the young, old, and every age in between have been flocking to the sunny, paradisiacal, white-sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast, from sunny Sarasota to the Keys and beyond.
But you don’t have to be a seasonal ‘spring-breaker’ to enjoy all Florida has to offer because you’re a senior adult who’s earned the right to do what you please, when you please, and as such, Florida is ready to welcome you 365 days per year!
Senior living should be done right, after all, you’ve put in the work and earned your ticket. You’ve spent decades giving to others, so you’ve earned that ticket to paradise, and that’s… senior living done right—the experience of a lifetime in sunny Sarasota!
The benefits of living in Sarasota Florida for seniors are many. So, let’s dig into some of the best.
Picture Postcard Views… and the Weather!
There’s something about a white-sandy beach, the sound of rolling waves, pinkish purple skies, and that salty smell of the water as it shuffles over your toes on an evening walk down the coastline. It’s an undeniably joyous experience for nearly everyone. Perhaps even old Ebenezer Scrooge himself might’ve cracked a smile if the Sarasota beach sun hit him just right while a cool, coastal breeze graced his face.
So, when we talk about the benefits of living in Florida for seniors, the conversation has to begin with that beautiful coastline, the kiss of the gulf, beaches where troubles seem to melt away. And Sarasota has some of the best. In fact, Sarasota’s own, Siesta Key, was recently ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Beaches in Florida for 2023” report featured in their “Best Vacations Rankings.” The world-famous Siesta Beach offers Sarasota seniors 8 unspoiled miles of some of the whitest sand beaches on Earth paired with clear waters that make it perfect for a stroll, a run, or just relaxing and enjoying the wondrous beauty of nature’s perfection. It is, like many of Sarasota’s beaches, a postcard view in the truest sense, indeed.
And no perfect beach experience is complete without perfect weather. Like a fine wine compliments a great fillet, Sarasota’s pleasant, year-round weather is superbly matched with its celebrated beaches. Winters in Sarasota are mild, with average lows dropping to around 53 degrees in January, the coldest month, and January highs hitting the low 70s. Summer temperatures cap around 88 degrees, which makes most of the year—quite enjoyable!
Experience the Cultural Scene & an Abundance of Outdoor Fun!
Senior living in Sarasota is done right! When you choose to live here, and take advantage of the prime perks of Sarasota’s premier senior living residence, 81 Oaks, you’ll always be ‘in-the-know’ about what’s happening in the community at large. Because at 81 Oaks, we understand that your senior years should be your best years, and that’s why we make it a priority to keep residents up-to-date on everything Sarasota has to offer, whether its events, cultural opportunities, or activities for health and wellness.
Culture, Sarasota’s Got It!
One of the many benefits of living in Florida for seniors is arts and culture. From the rich architectural splendor of Miami to central Florida’s outstanding museums, seemingly all of Florida is imbued with spectacular cultural experiences of note. But Sarasota is perhaps the most culturally-alive city of all in the great Sunshine State.
See a popular musical at the renowned Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Dress up for a night at the Sarasota Opera House. Enjoy one of the many great shows at Sarasota’s museums and private galleries. The arts options are limitless. With regular concerts, live theatre, the opera, ballet, museums and galleries to take in till your heart’s content, Sarasota truly puts the ‘art’ in heart!
Get Outdoors and Get Active!
Walk it. Run it. Or Take Your Own Sweet Time.
With 8 miles of stunning, white-sand beaches, some obvious activities require nothing but a willingness to put one foot in front of the other. Walking on the beach, no matter how fast or slow you do it, is a heart-healthy activity for everyone, especially seniors. So, whether you’re a power walker, runner, or a take-your-timer, it doesn’t matter because the health benefits are built in. Just 30 minutes a day, and you’ll be on your way to a lean, healthy senior life.
It’s Better To Get There by Boat!
Not a runner? Walking seems a bore? No problem, because in Sarasota your kayaking opportunities are plentiful. And Sarasota’s Lido Key is a popular destination for exploring the mangroves. View Florida’s diverse wildlife from a comfortable seat in your kayak, and with luck you’ll catch sight of dolphins, rays, manatees, and an assortment of Florida’s exotic birds. And just because you’re sitting down, doesn’t mean you’re not getting healthy while you do it, because paddling offers a great core workout.
Your Health Is Top Priority
Senior living in Sarasota can be a rewarding experience. In the journey of life, youth has its moments; your family years are where your heart remains; but your senior years are a time to explore, to chase dreams, and get the most out of life with family and friends. So, staying healthy is a top priority.
Sunshine has been linked to a range of health benefits, some of which are particularly important for seniors. It can improve sleep patterns, mental health, cognition all while supporting bone health, Vitamin D production and can even lower blood pressure. The Sarasota area offers year-round sunshine which can help with seasonal depression as well. So, slather on that sunscreen, stay hydrated, and start reaping the benefits.
At 81 Oaks, our restaurant-style dining features chef-prepared healthy meals and we continually evaluate our physical training programs (featuring the Osprey Fitness Center) and wellness programs to ensure that they’re the best offerings available. We pride ourselves on our ‘always exciting, always expanding’ fitness and nutrition opportunities for residents, because your good health is always on our mind.
And 81 Oaks offers coordination of various ancillary and medical services by our expert wellness director, personalized fitness plans, medication management, as well as home health providers on-site.
Additionally, Sarasota is a prime destination for quality healthcare featuring top-level hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers for emergencies, as well as a handful of highly-respected medical facilities such as Sarasota Memorial Hospital (“nationally ranked” and “high performing”—U.S. News & World Report), HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital (“high performing”—U.S. News & World Report), and several other respected hospitals just a short drive away.
The Decision is Sarasota!
Senior living in Sarasota offers beauty, culture, great medical establishments, and healthy outdoor activities for year-round fun, plus an abundance of social activities. Of course, living in paradise is not for everyone, some like to be cold, enjoy slipping on frozen sidewalks, and paying exorbitant heating bills. But most of us would choose paradise in the Gulf Coast of Florida if we could. And you can.