Then, there’s the slightly less famous, Judy Meyers,
the oldest female competitive barefoot water-skier in the
United States. All it took for Meyers at 53 to first try
barefoot skiing was a dare.
Now 74, Meyers not only “walks” on water but also
flips, turns, stands on one leg, and does tricks that would
make your body hurt just watching her.
And, finally, there’s the great Ida Keeling who, with
her daughter’s help, wrestled herself from depression after
her losing two sons in her late 60s by taking up running.
At 95, she was both setting and breaking 100-meter race
records and, days before her 101st birthday, became the
fastest running centenarian in history. Now 102, Keeling
is still running with no intention of stopping.
And, these are just a handful of the hundreds of stories
like them. While these examples may not represent the
average active adult, they do represent the trend toward a
“ 55 and better” mentality.
Sun City’s success drove home the idea that 55+
could symbolize new beginnings, fresh perspectives,
and second chances. And, while the concept definitely
turned developers heads, it took a couple of decades
and an influx of aging baby boomers for active adult
communities to become a widespread phenomenon.
Companies like K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons,
Traditions of America, and Landmark Homes came onto
the active adult scene in the 90s and have developed a
Barry McCarron, President of K. Hovnanians’s northeast
Division, says that variety is key in K. Hovnanian’s® Four
“Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, a tennis pro, or
an avid chef, our wide range of group activities meet the
diverse needs of our residents. We’ve created a world-
class lifestyle environment that supports those passions,
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons communities are
speckled along the East coast from New Jersey to South
Carolina to Florida. Dr. Amy Rady, resident of K.
Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Parkland, has lived both
When she and her husband decided to move from their
K. Hovnanian® community in New Jersey, they knew two
things: 1 – they wanted to be surrounded by active folks
in their age range, and, 2 – that they wanted to be in
Florida. They also hoped for the same K. Hovnanian®
experience they’d had in New Jersey. When they finally
chose Parkland as their Florida destination, they were in
“(We) basically had no other interest in looking at any
other area, and we’re very happy that we found Four
Seasons K. Hovnanian ® in Parkland,” Rady said. “It’s
been wonderful. It’s absolutely beautiful. And, there’s a
great ambience within the clubhouse.”
Aside from social and fitness opportunities, K.
Hovnanian® Four Seasons resident, Ken Brager, said it’s
the connection that he values most. “We came to this
community, and I have to tell you that, for the first time,
there’s a sense of camaraderie and community here at
Hovnanian that we never felt anywhere that we lived
before,” Brager said. “I’m not sure what it is, but the
people here are just fantastic, generous, fun, and active.”
Landmark Homes, a builder and developer in
Pennsylvania, started developing communities specifically
for active adults due to requests from customers.
“We found that this was what the majority of our
55+ customers were looking for,” said Cliff Weaver, vice
president of Landmark Homes.
Traditions of America