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Why Anthology Senior Living Communities Are Perfect for Active Seniors

Discovering Active Independent Senior Living

Life fulfillment doesn’t end at retirement – and Anthology Senior Living communities celebrate that! Active independent senior living is a new way of living life for senior citizens, one full of autonomy, options and freedom to enjoy their lives. Anthology and their dedicated staff are committed to creating an active lifestyle for every resident in the community.

Active independent senior living offers maintenance-free living to those in retirement age – generally 55 and older. The need for independent lifestyle communities has grown as the baby boomer generation is now of retirement age, and this population will continue to grow over the next 20 years.

Anthology communities offer a carefree living space, including little to no home maintenance, a perfectly sized living space that is easy to navigate for a senior citizen, close-knit neighbors and new friends, and amenities like fine dining, outdoor spaces and daily programming for all interests. The team members work to create a safe, warm and welcoming space for every resident while providing the autonomy for residents to choose what interests them.

Independent living is great for active seniors who can manage personal care tasks and light household tasks without support from others, such as nurses or aides. However, should the need arise for other support, Anthology communities can often also accommodate assisted living or memory care, many in the same location.

What Are Anthology Senior Living Communities?

Anthology Senior Living communities hold a mission to provide a unique senior living experience that offers their residents the best in hospitality and care to lead rich, fulfilling lives. The specialized staff are considered caregivers, giving crafted and personalized care to each resident to live in comfort.

Anthology has dozens of locations nationwide, and many communities offer a combination of independent living, assisted living and memory care services for those with dementia or cognitive decline. From Henrico, Virginia to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and locations all over the country, there is likely to be an Anthology location near you – offering the amazing service that thousands of residents have come to expect from Anthology Senior Living.

At Anthology of King of Prussia, additional on-site amenities include a spacious, open clubroom, fully equipped fitness center and an indoor pool. This community is tucked within the 122 acres at the Village of Valley Forge, centrally located near local highways, minutes from one of the largest shopping malls in America, and nearby dining and healthcare services.

The company’s driving values include passion, understanding, flexibility, trust, compassionate care and accountability. The entire staff works to provide a comfortable and independent living environment for their residents by enhancing their lifestyle to fit their wants and needs. At each location, residents have the luxury of a full-time team at their service, elevating their lifestyle in a variety of ways.

Amenities Offered in Active Independent Senior Living Communities

Anthology’s wellness programs embody the six dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and environmental. With extensive daily programming catered to appeal to each resident’s hobbies, flexible schedules and activities are designed to create fulfilling lives and bring peace of mind and purpose. 

Specialized caregivers are hired at each community after undergoing rigorous, specialized training in dementia care, plus additional mandatory safety training each year. These caregivers provide seamless dementia care with a high-tech, high-touch approach, employing the latest in smart technology and comprehensive electronic health records.

The amenities at Anthology Senior Living in Henrico, Virginia surpass the traditional idea of “retirement living” by offering daily engagement, including nurturing bonds with their loved ones and the compassionate staff, building new relationships and friendships, and exploring new activities in their lives. Residents are encouraged to choose as many or few activities as they’d like, from art classes and happy hours to fitness classes, residents can own their time and work, indulging every fulfilling activity they desire.

In addition to robust daily and monthly programming, Anthology Senior Living communities offer an exclusive Entice Dining program, offering unique culinary experiences for every meal. They believe that dining together is a part of the connection and joy within their community. With fresh, locally sourced, wholesome ingredients and gourmet meals prepared from scratch by professional in-house chefs, residents can enjoy both formal dining rooms and casual bistro settings.

In addition to the services and on-site amenities listed above, Anthology communities provide spacious, private accommodations with a variety of senior-friendly floor plans. Home maintenance, housekeeping and laundry services are included, removing those tasks from residents’ plates.

How to Budget for Anthology Senior Living Communities

There are a wide range of options when it comes to communities and levels of care. Note your monthly budget when looking at these communities and choosing what type of home you select for your loved one. Prioritize your must-have amenities and consider the cost of living in the locations that you are seeking to live.

A few things to consider when creating a budget:

  • List your loved one’s net income – make sure to include all income sources, including social security, investments and any other earnings.
  • Outline expenses and spending habits – include groceries, medications and any other “treats” that your loved one may pay for each month.
  • Consider any goals or obstacles that may change the budget per month, such as birthday gifts, car repairs or more.
  • Ask what is included in the monthly service fees and rent that you will pay to the community every month. Factor in these expenses as well.
  • Compare the cost and advantages/disadvantages of your loved one’s current housing situation: factor in situations such as home maintenance, safety, socialization and more that this new community will provide.

Keep all these things in mind when outlining your budget. Make sure that moving into the community makes financial sense for the budget that you have. You will find that Anthology communities are some of the most affordable for the level of service, outstanding on-site amenities and care that is provided to its residents.

Touring Anthology Senior Living Communities

When you tour an Anthology Senior Living Community, you are immediately welcomed to the warm, inviting environment that fuels the community, residents and team members every day. It’s important to find the right fit of a senior community for your loved one, so ask a lot of questions!

The communities are clean, beautifully landscaped and spacious for residents’ enjoyment. The communities are carefully located to be near hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare providers. The apartment homes are welcome to be personalized to create the at-home feel for their residents, and in many places, pets are allowed.

You will find compassionate care from everyone on the team, warm smiles and a general calm and welcoming disposition, from everyone from the dining room team to the housekeeping staff.

When touring an Anthology community, we welcome walk-ins and scheduled tours in advance. This ensures that staff are available with plenty of time to fully answer all your questions during the tour.

Here are some of the things to expect and observe during the tour:

  • Observe a daily programming activity – such as an art or yoga class – choose something that your loved one would enjoy doing to pique their interest in the daily programming that Anthology has and grab an activity calendar on the way out to discover even more activities that are coming up in the next month.
  • Check out the gourmet dining rooms and stay for lunch – enjoy the difference in the culinary experience that Anthology is known for, and gather around the table to talk about your experience at the community. This is a great time to ask questions about dietary preferences and options. During lunch, mingle with some of the other residents and hear about what they love about living in the community.
  • Observe the residents and team members throughout the tour. Are they engaged, alert and excited about their day? How well does the team communicate with you and other residents?
  • Ask any specific questions that you have about your loved one’s care. What is medication management like? What does the resident do or who do they contact if they need help right away?
  • Finally, ask about the security of the community. Find out what safety precautions are in place for the residents. Ask if there have been any security concerns in the past and how they were handled.


How do I know what kind of care my loved one needs?

The three main tenets of retirement style living include independent living, assisted living and memory care/dementia care living.

  • Independent living is offered for seniors who can manage their own personal care and daily living tasks like light housekeeping. These are active seniors who want to live highly engaged lives.
  • Assisted living still offers the benefits of independent living, but these seniors need extra care – such as help from an aide or nurse – to help with personal care and daily tasks.
  • Memory care services are for those dealing with memory-impairing illnesses. These services include a higher level of care and specialized training to ensure extra safety, security and comfort for those with dementia.

What is included in independent living communities’ monthly rent?

At Anthology Senior Living, monthly rent includes accommodations, fine dining options and daily programming, as well as support from the entire staff, as well as light housekeeping and included maintenance-free living.

What is the reputation of Anthology Senior Living?

According to online reviews and this report from Forbes, residents and families are highly satisfied with Anthology Senior Living, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google. But don’t take our word for it – ask a resident when you come to tour one of our many communities!

Living in an Anthology community is not just a place to live – it’s a way of life! With a dedicated focus on elevating healthy habits and increasing socialization, the team is dedicated to keeping residents happy and fulfilled.

With robust daily programming, empathetic and thoughtful care in every interaction, your loved one will enjoy living at Anthology – and give you the peace of mind that they are well taken care of, happy and healthy. We welcome you to explore our communities by scheduling a tour at any of our locations. You can locate your community by clicking here. We can’t wait to meet you!