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Life at an Independent Living Community

Themed parties, chef-inspired cuisine, laundry service and leisurely strolls through the gardens. Sounds like a five-star resort, right? Think again. These are just a few of the many amenities you can enjoy at our independent living communities.

A lot of people misunderstand independent living communities. They think it’s a place to go when you’re slowing down. But in reality, independent living communities open up the door for so many possibilities.

With pet-friendly environments, quality dining, transportation services and an ever-changing calendar of activities, events and excursions, our independent living communities might just be the start of your next great adventure.

A Day In The Life of an Independent Living Resident

If you were in an independent living community, how would you schedule your day? 

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Programs Available at an Independent Living Community

One of the best ways to improve your quality of life, and to keep enjoying the things you love, is to invest in your health. 

That’s why we have a variety of evidence-based programs for you to get involved in at our independent living communities. We call it Optimum Life, and it’s how we approach holistic health and wellness. 

Optimum Life guides our signature programs, which are only available at Brookdale communities, and allow you to improve everything from physical and mental health to social connections and more.

Learn more about Optimum Life and our signature programs

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B-Fit

To help you stay physically fit, our B-Fit exercise program encompasses the latest research and guidelines to give you a fun, stimulating and social exercise experience. Different class options promise to keep the experience fresh and engaging.

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Ageless Spirit

Your spiritual experience matters to us. That is why we created The Ageless Spirit, an award-winning program designed to express simple but powerful practices like kindness, gratitude, joy, appreciating nature, connectedness, and celebrating aging.

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My Life Story

Your unique story has made you who you are today. Through our storytelling program, My Life Story, you can share your unique perspective and valuable wisdom, all while learning about others’ life stories and building friendships.


“When I first arrived on campus, I thought I would stay for the six weeks it took me to recover from an injury and then go back home. But they treated me so well. They cooked, cleaned and did my laundry. I realized this is a wonderful life and decided to stay.”


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Find Out What Your Local Community Is Up To

Curious to know what your local community is doing this month? Each of our locations publishes their events calendar online so you can get a feel for what life is like on campus. Discover what’s on the agenda today.

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Further Reading

Get all of the basics you need to know about independent living.

You like the idea of independent living, but can you afford it?

Finding the right independent living community is easy with these helpful tips.