Eden offers seniors an affordable lifestyle in a close-knit community that embraces newcomers. With the cost of living around 12.9 percent lower than the nation’s average, visitors, as well as residents, see their dollars stretch further.

Golf course homes and villas make the links even more convenient. Housing options include new construction, older homes in historic neighborhoods and maintenance-free living in townhomes, condominiums, apartments or retirement complexes.

Numerous fitness centers, including the Eden YMCA, offer specialized programs for seniors. An active senior center offers classes, activities, social functions and trips. Rockingham Community College has a Center for Active Retirement. Seniors can enjoy aerobics, computer training, day and overnight trips as well as various other recreational activities. The Smith River Greenway is a gathering spot for people of all ages, and one rarely walks the riverside trail without spotting others conversing as they put in their miles.

River activities abound and, whether it’s teaching a grandchild to fish from the riverbank or enjoying a peaceful paddle along calm waters with a spouse or a group, Gardening, hikes in the woods, boating on the two neighboring lakes are some of the activities people enjoy. And they do it without looking over their shoulders since Eden is a very safe community. Morehead Memorial Hospital is a past recipient of the “Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S.” award; it was also named a “Best Value Hospital” in 2008.

Volunteer opportunities abound. Groups like Friends of the Library, the Rockingham Literacy Project, Veterans’ groups, SCORE, school volunteer programs, The Dan River Basin Association and the Eden Preservation Society are enhanced by the involvement of older adults.

Learn more about Eden at www.exploreedennc.com.

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Latitude: 36° 29' 18.4992" / Longitude: -79° 46' 0.1308"

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