Why spend your retirement shivering up north when you could be feeling the sand between your toes? If you’ve been looking for a warm-weather locale to call home in your retirement, discover why Delray Beach, Florida might just be it.
Residents of senior living communities like Harbour’s Edge take advantage of the tropical Southeast Florida weather to enjoy an inspired and active lifestyle year-round.
Winter is the perfect time to explore more about why living in this region can be so beneficial and invigorating for residents here.
Why Winter Weather Can Be Hazardous for Seniors
As you weigh the pros and cons of moving to a warmer climate for retirement, it’s important to remember that colder weather does pose additional risks for older adults. This is a big reason so many choose to live in more southerly climates like those at Delray Beach.
Difficult Driving Conditions
When the snow starts falling, it doesn’t take long for road conditions to become dangerous. These conditions can become especially problematic when you need to run essential errands such as picking up a prescription, going to a doctor’s appointment or simply getting groceries. Here in Delray Beach, we only get an average of 0.4 days a year where temperatures fall below freezing.
Whether you’re shoveling the sidewalk or simply taking a stroll, snow and ice can pose a serious risk, especially for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that falls are the leading cause of injury and injury death in adults aged 65 and older.
As the body changes with age, we lose heat more quickly and aren’t as aware of getting colder. This can happen even when your thermostat is set between 60 and 65 degrees. When the body’s internal temperature drops below 95 degrees it can lead to health issues including heart attack, kidney problems and liver damage. The average winter daytime high in Delray Beach is 77 degrees.
Carbon Monoxide Exposure
The largest source of carbon monoxide poisoning is gas-powered appliances such as furnaces. Known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible. This makes it impossible to detect without testing. Data from the CDC shows as many as 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Enjoy a Tropical Winter Season in Delray Beach
Here are some more reasons that Delray Beach is an ideal location to enjoy all winter long.
- Tropical climate. The coldest months in Delray Beach are December-March. During this stretch, the average daily temperature hovers around a very comfortable 77 degrees.
- Beach access. Located on Florida’s southeast coast, Delray Beach offers miles upon miles of exceptional beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Local beaches offer easy access to all kinds of activities ranging from boating to snorkeling.
- Sunny days. Winters in Delray Beach are generally sunny and bright, which is good news for those who abhor cold, dark winters. The city boasts an impressive 235 sunny days each year.
- Parks and recreation. Warm weather makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors in the wintertime. Delray Beach is home to numerous parks including the Wakodahatchee Wetlands where you can observe birds, turtles and alligators from a raised boardwalk.
- Thriving downtown. Downtown Delray Beach is full of life. The easily accessible area is packed with shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. In fact, it was recently named “Best of the Road – Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally & USA Today.
Live Comfortably Year-Round at Harbour’s Edge
For those seeking a winter of sunshine and palm trees, Harbour’s Edge is the ideal retirement community. Beyond the idyllic surroundings, our experienced and welcoming team here at Harbour’s Edge is dedicated to serving our residents’ needs. We provide a luxurious lifestyle centered around wellness and personal enrichment.
To learn more about life at Harbour’s Edge, or to see what living here is like for yourself or a loved one, contact us. Come and see what makes our community so unique.