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From Sun Cities to the VillagesA History of Active Adult, Age-restricted Communities$
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Judith Ann Trolander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036045

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036045.001.0001

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The Significance of Active Adult, Age-Restricted Communities

(p.279) Conclusion
From Sun Cities to the Villages

Judith Ann Trolander

University Press of Florida

The conclusion summarizes thoughts on the significance of these communities, the values they represent, and how they have affected the social and political landscape of the United States. This chapter also gives an account of the trends and the possibility of projecting those trends into the future boomer years of retirement. While some of the values associated with these communities are controversial, the reader should enjoy the images of warmth and sunshine in the dead of winter, the growing prosperity of retirees, and the improving health and personal energy that has made it possible for increasing numbers of middle-class retirees to participate in what was billed nearly a halfcentury ago as “active retirement” and “a new way of life” and, in the twenty-first century, is being called “a resort like lifestyle” by one developer, while another promotes his “active adult resort communities.”

Keywords:   communities, political landscape, United States, retirement, middle-class retirees

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