Welcome to Delmarva: Active Adults and Healthy Living
Spend your morning exploring a historic town, your afternoon strolling along the beach, and the evening enjoying a dinner of fresh seafood. On the Eastern Shore you can do it all in just one day or spend years enjoying each new discovery the region has to offer.
The Eastern Shore is located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the Delmarva Peninsula and includes parts of Maryland and Delaware. The vast area encompasses Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties in Maryland and Kent and Sussex Counties in Delaware.
Attractions include the ever popular Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City and more quaint destinations, such as historic Cambridge in Dorchester county and Crisfield, the “Crab Capital of the World,” in Somerset County. The region is also home to countless small towns filled with historic sites and beautiful views. Urbanites tired of traffic and congestion will enjoy the open spaces, friendly locals, and fresh air. The Shore’s small towns are also filled with social and cultural amenities that provide endless entertainment. For those looking for a complete escape, the area is filled with miles of rural countryside, where farming endures as a way of life.
Because of its waterfront views, bountiful fields, and natural and historic landmarks, the region has always been a popular vacation destination. In the past few years, however, many seniors have decided to extend their vacations permanently by making the move to this rapidly-growing retirement destination.
Life on the Eastern Shore is appealing not only because of the great variety of beautiful landscapes but also because of the many retirement living options and services that are available for seniors in the area. According to Carolyn Stegman and Peggy Bradford in “Senior Surge,” “the state – and particularly the Eastern Shore – is experiencing a surge in population of those over age 60. Maryland projects that by 2030, the 60-plus population will have grown 107.2% . . . For five southernmost counties of the lower shore -Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset – that averages to a growth rate of almost 70%.”
For Retirees, this boost in their numbers makes the Shore even more appealing. They find themselves surrounded by their peers-healthy, active seniors who are ready to enjoy all that the region has to offer. The population surge has also led to a massive growth in the local senior-serving industry; this means that seniors have more choices and better options for a variety of services.
Continuing education programs, large senior centers, and a variety of services for the aging make the Shore a great place to age in place. Aging in place allows seniors to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. As seniors age, services are enlisted to help them as they become necessary. Adult Day services, Home Care services, and a variety of governmental and private resources are available to seniors who choose to remain in their homes as they age. Younger seniors can enjoy an active lifestyle with the comfort of knowing that there are services available in their community to meet all their future needs.
In addition to the services offered by local organizations and agencies, there are a variety of retirement communities that offer seniors a full range of amenities and care options. Senior-serving professionals are also available to help with everything from moving and downsizing to administering a care plan. Seniors on the Eastern Shore can rest assured that whatever problem or challenge they may face in the future there will be someone available to help.
Secure in their future, the Eastern Shore’s retirees can spend their time basking in the sun on sandy shores, getting some exercise on one of the region’s 20 golf courses, or taking in the fabulous architecture of some of our country’s oldest towns. The Eastern Shore may be steeped in history, but it is only starting to turn gray, and it is looking better every day.