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Golden Years

Top-rated senior living facilities offer good times and peace of mind for residents.

Westminster Winter Park

Florida has long been home to more than its fair share of the nation’s retirees, and for good reason: Gracious living, yearround warm weather, easy access to beautiful beaches, and lots of opportunities for fun and socializing all add up to a very attractive package.

Accordingly, it’s no surprise that the Sunshine State—including Greater Orlando—has a multitude of senior living facilities to choose from, which means that finding the right one can be a daunting challenge. But with so many vying for your business, it also results in a buyer’s market, with each community trying to outdo each other to put you or a loved one in a new home.

After sizing up local options, we’ve zeroed in on six communities we’ll be eager to join once we hit their 55-and-up age limit. They all offer something for everyone, and a host of amenities, care services, living options, and other features will take your cares away once you’re ready to ease into your golden years.

Featuring 15 beautiful acres—including courtyards and gardens—Brookdale Island Lake has myriad independent and assisted-living options for residents. Amenity highlights encompass a concierge service, a library, an arts & crafts studio, a beauty/barber center, fitness equipment, heated indoor and outdoor pools, and much more. The community makes it easy for seniors to enjoy a full, active lifestyle without even having to leave home, while support services and partnerships with top healthcare professionals see to every need.
(407) 641-0546,

Located just outside trendy Windermere, and adjacent to everything that makes Central Florida living so prized, this innovative community is ideal for those who are still active and independent, as well as those who need assistance. Lined with landscaped courtyards and walking paths, Inspired Living also features putting greens, a dog park, a fitness center, and even a pool with a tiki bar. Chef-prepared meals can be enjoyed in dining rooms, and educational and social programming is scheduled daily.
(407) 961-7400,

Operated by the Good Samaritan Society, Kissimmee Village is a sprawling, 425-acre, gated golf-course community with options for independent and assisted living. With 14 neighborhoods to choose from, the Village boasts amenities such as heated indoor and outdoor pools, exercise rooms, resort-quality food services, and even spiritual care ministries. In addition to manufactured home choices, they also offer senior apartments and assisted-living apartments designed to fit your budget, as well as an array of rehab and skilled-care services.
(800) 859-1550,

Located in Oviedo, The Tremont offers independent living with a small-town feel. Services such as weekly housekeeping, linen service, transportation, and chef-prepared meals are available, and there are several apartment floorplans to choose from. Furthermore, community features include a billiard lounge, fitness equipment, a barber/beauty salon, on-site laundry facilities, community grounds, and a chapel. The location is great, too, being situated just 30 minutes from Orlando and close to Central Florida Regional Hospital and the Oviedo Mall.
(407) 792-2721,

This Tuscan-inspired village is conveniently located near the Solivita Marketplace and the Poinciana Parkway, making it a snap for residents to explore everything Greater Orlando offers. Living options include independent and assisted, and the Heartfelt Connections program is perfect for residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s or related disorders. It’s easy to enjoy la dulce vita here, too, with gourmet and casual dining, a sports bar, a fully equipped fitness center, a theater, wellness programs, and other recreational choices being available.
(407) 343-5044,


Winter Park

Nestled on the banks of Lake Berry, Westminster Winter Park features residences with lake views, and independent and assisted living is available. The community also promotes multifaceted active lifestyles, including easy access to bike and walking paths, dining, retail, museums, art galleries and everything else that makes Winter Park so special. (Speaking of which, adult learning opportunities are available in partnership with Rollins College.) All this, plus multiple dining options, a fitness center, on-site security, housekeeping, transportation, and more.
(877) 452-2588,

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