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There is a common misconception that people have to be 80 or older to even consider moving into a senior living community, and this perception seems to stem from the idea that seniors should only move into one if they face the onset of disability or have severe health issues.

This perception couldn’t be further from the truth — or the real day-to-day lives of those at today’s senior living residences. Take The Cardinal at North Hills for example: The average age of seniors moving in is between 65 and 80, and their choice to move in is most often based on wanting to enrich their lifestyle with positive changes.

“The whole point of moving into a community like The Cardinal is that people are ready to take their retirement to the next level by indulging in a variety of experiences that enhance their lives,” said Tom Ford, executive director of The Cardinal. “There are so many amenities, programs, educational initiatives and more available. It’s the perfect time to do all the things they love that they could not focus on as they started their careers and raised their families. What’s more is that it is available to them in an environment that’s conducive to an active lifestyle and forgoes the stress of home ownership.”

Ford and his teamv share 10 reasons for why moving into a senior living community at 65+ is a smart and fun choice:

Enjoy maintenance-free living. Forget about scheduling lawn services, repairs for appliances, air conditioning units and plumbing, renovating the floors or replacing the roof or foundation. Embrace a retirement without the hassles of home ownership.

Position yourself in a community of like-minded individuals who have similar life experiences, shared interests and successful careers under their belts.

Wake up to a variety of engaging social, cultural, physical and educational events and activities to choose from every day. Explore new experiences with friends and family.

Enjoy the convenience of luxury, resort-style amenities within walking distance of your home.

Get assistance that you or your spouse needs in a community that is conducive to your health and features specialized medical services and individualized on-site care.

Feel peace of mind knowing that a variety of professionals are available to deliver a five-star experience that caters to your life. Whether you want to experience a meal from a renowned chef, create an individualized wellness program with a physical therapist or relax in the spa while getting a world-class massage, you’re covered.

Don’t feel like driving? Transportation can be arranged without having to use an application on your phone.

Don’t have time to clean? Enjoy housekeeping and laundry services so you have time to do the things you love.

Welcome friends and family to a community that you’re proud to call home with an abundance of spaces designed for entertaining.

Choose a floor plan that fits your living needs, whether you want an intimate studio or need 2,000+ square feet after downsizing from your home.

The Cardinal at North Hills is Midtown Raleigh’s premier continuing care retirement community located in the vibrant North Hills Midtown District, steps away from a variety of walking trails, retail shops, delectable restaurants, theaters, concerts, medical services and much more. Within the 6-acre campus, The Cardinal features 165 luxurious independent living apartments, as well as assisted living apartments, memory care suites, private rooms for short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing, all accessible under one roof and nestled within a lively urban setting.

Residents enjoy a variety of amenities including healthy chef-prepared dining choices delivered in the bistro, main dining room or pub. The community also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and award-winning wellness program, full-service health and beauty salon, blooming gardens, courtyards with walking paths, outdoor entertaining areas and terraces, and a full list of daily activities from which to choose. Residents are also provided with housekeeping and linen service, concierge services, scheduled transportation, intellectually stimulating events and activities, as well as opportunities to engage in social and recreational programs. It is a place where people can share passions, live in balance and build a lasting legacy.