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Senior Living in the Sunshine State

Although Sarasota County residents form a rich tapestry of singles, young families, middle-aged folks and senior citizens, the lion's share of its population are people over 65. Whether it's the agreeable climate (no snow!), the safe, serene streets, the numerous activities at your fingertips or the option to do absolutely nothing but relax, a number of retirees flock to here each year. The abundance of retirement options are especially popular with growing families who don't want to be separated from their aging parents. The perfect solution is often for both households to move here.

Housing options are countless. There are quaint beach bungalows, townhouses, moderate single-family homes, ocean-front mansions and more. If you prefer, you can take advantage of the various retirement communities springing up throughout the county. Each has its own particular appeal, depending on your personal needs. Choices are plentiful, ranging from mobile homes to villas and full-size houses. Many feature clubhouses which offer a selection of social and recreational activities.

For those who prefer an extra helping hand, other alternatives include medically-staffed, full-care nursing facilities and licensed adult congregate living facilities (also known as ACLFs), or ALF's (Assisted Living Facilities). An ACLF is a popular choice for those who like the thought of some day-to-day assistance but do not require constant medical care. Some amenities offered by ACLFs are housing and housekeeping services, meals, transportation, plus assistance with bathing, dressing and other personal needs.

Senior Friendship Centers, Inc., at 1888 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota, (941) 955-2122, is more than happy to provide additional information on retirement lifestyles.

Important Numbers for Seniors:
AARP (800) 424-3410
Agency for Health Care Administration (941) 338-2366
Aging & Adult Services (941) 338-1396
Alzheimer's Disease Association (800) 272-3900
American Heart Ass'n (State Office) (813) 570-8809
Area Agency on Aging (Statewide) (800) 262-2243
Elder Abuse Hotline (800) 962-2873
Elder Helpline (Statewide) (800) 861-8111
Florida Bar-Elderly Referral (Statewide) (800) 414-2000
Florida Department of Elderly Affairs (850) 414-2000
Long-Term Ombudsman Council (941) 338-1493
Meals on Wheels (Sarasota County) (941) 366-6693
Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833
Senior Friendship Centers (941) 955-2122
Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213
United Seniors Health Cooperative (202) 479-6973
Veteran's Administration (800) 827-1000

Health Care
Sarasota County offers a wide choice of medical providers and services to make certain its residents are healthy as well as happy. Health facilities in the area include hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, walk-in clinics, plus counseling and rehabilitative centers. For more information, please consult your local telephone directory.

Ballroom Dancing
Wilsons Dance Sport. 2272 Main St. Sarasota. (941) 955-8558
The Dance Palace. 5725 Lawton Dr. Sarasota. (941) 923-3923
The Ballroom. 5660 Swift Rd. Sarasota. (941) 925-2411
Gotta Dance Studio. 303 S. Tamiami Trail. Nokomis. (941) 486-0326

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