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Niche Retirement Communities

According to AARP, there are 78 million baby boomers now reaching retirement age. Like those who came before them, many will sell the house, pick up stakes and head off to retirement communities to live out their autumn years.

For these retirees and soon-to-be retirees, their needs will go way beyond bingo, prune juice and shuffleboard. After all, this is the generation that attended sit-ins and watched Jimi Hendrix perform at Woodstock, and they have brought every last ounce of their vitality with them into retirement age.

These retirees often have specialized interests. As a result, communities are popping up everywhere that offer access to resources for continuing education, sports, the arts and more.

These niche retirement communities — sometimes known as “affinity communities” — cater to the needs of the retiree who truly believes that age is just a number, and who rejects the idea that exiting the workforce equals a compromised existence.

Read ahead to learn about some of the niche retirement communities currently serving the needs of the silver-haired boomer population.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 26 June 2012