Long Island's best places to live for seniors
Successful senior living will largely boil down to finding a place that offers things like transportation options, opportunities to socialize and a selection of homes that are set up for, or can be adapted to, declining physical abilities. A number of Long Island communities fit the bill -- including some neighborhoods previously highlighted in the Best Places to Live series, such as Huntington, Great Neck and Stony Brook -- with perks for all ages such as walkability, cultural arts and parks, as well as senior-specific housing, clubs and services.
Here, we shine a light on some senior hot spots you may not have heard about. Continue your home search with Newsday Homes.
The Zumba class held by Margaret Tapogna Gatzonis, 55, at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park, seeks to get seniors up and moving about, incorporating dancing and a more progressive form of exercising. (Sept. 10, 2013)
The Seasons at Plainview is a 55 and over adult active condo community, located at 135 Autumn Dr., that boasts indoor and outdoor pools and other recreational facilities. (Sept. 9, 2013)
The Knolls, at 425 Salisbury Park Dr. in East Meadow, is located within the Golden Age Zoning district created by the Town of Hempstead for affordable senior housing. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The Knolls, at 555 Salisbury Park Dr. in East Meadow, is located in the Golden Age Zoning district created by The Town of Hempstead for affordable housing for seniors on Long Island. (Sept. 12, 2013)
Sunrise Senior Living in West Babylon holds daily activities such as fitness training and exercise classes. (Sept. 10, 2013)
Sunrise Senior Living in West Babylon also holds a modified horse race where dogs and makeshift horses are brought in and the residents are able to place 10-cent bets on who the winner will be. (Sept. 10, 2013)
Donald Keegan, 73 of Lindenhurst (far left), Lenny Abruzzo, 69 (second from left), with Alois Metzger, 83, of Lindenhurst (far right), go for daily walks around Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon. Seniors living in the communities surrounding Belmont Lake State Park are only a short distance from the park, which has a lake that is popular with cyclists, runners and picnickers. (Sept. 6, 2013)
The Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview has an Alzheimer's Respite Program exercise class that provides cognitive stimulation through recreational activities for seniors living with the disease. (Sept. 9, 2013)
The Indian Island Golf Course in Riverhead is a favorite among locals and tourists, and is a pride among Riverhead citizens. It's located near the Stoneleigh Woods 55 and over community. (Sept. 4, 2013)