Westchester County recognized by AARP as a top place to live for seniors

When you start researching communities in the United States for your next home, you often have to look introspectively to discover the type of residency that you desire most. For example, mature Americans might be deterred from the hectic lifestyle that awaits in heavily populated metro areas like New York City, but real estate in Westchester County, New York, may be ideal because of its private and laid-back neighborhoods.

Recently, Westchester was recognized as one of the AARP's top places to live for the 50-plus crowd. The county is the newest community to join the AARP and World Health Organization's network of "Age-Friendly Communities."

"Such recognition gives us even more momentum to continue our hand work," Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said in a written statement, as reported by Newsday New York. "Through our innovative Livable Communities initiative, we are committed to helping our seniors remain in their homes as they grow older with independence, dignity and civic engagement opportunities."

The other American communities recognized by AARP were Bowling Green, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa; Macon-Bibb, Georgia; New York City; Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon, the news source reports. In addition, communities were rated on criteria such as transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communications and information and community support and health services.

For example, Westchester County is urging its residents to conduct good deeds to support neighbors. Currently, the county and The Volunteer Center of United Way are collecting donated paperback novels at Kensico Dam Plaza for military personnel. While this initiative affects people who may not reside in Westchester, it brings Westchester County residents together and builds a harmonious living environment for all.

If you want to relocate to an area where senior residents are treated with dignity and respect, Westchester County is for you. This spanning region of New York is an area known for its picturesque beauty, from vast woods to scenic sunsets and breathtaking valleys. Westchester County has something to offer everyone, and its recent recognition from AARP further proves that the area is home to people of all walks of life. When you start looking for a new home in the United States, make sure you give Westchester County a worthwhile shot - you may be surprised by what you find along your way.