“Time is of the essence.” You’ve probably heard that phrase before. It usually is in reference to some type of decision that has a sense of urgency.

In most cases, there may be some loss or lesser desired outcome if a specific action doesn’t take place within a certain timeframe.

We all know that time is a precious commodity that we all take for granted. The clock is always ticking. And, as we age, we also are reminded that we just can’t do what we used to do.

The question is: Are you being honest with yourself and admitting it’s time to make changes?

Getting older, from a health perspective, we have to manage both physical and mental issues. If you have difficulties with balance and considered a potential fall risk, a walking cane is an ego fix but not necessarily the right solution.

Today, walkers help provide the balance needed when walking. The “walker stigma” has passed, as users have put their egos on the shelf and limited the possibility of falling.

Today, independent living communities accept seniors who use a walker.

Mental health issues are a little bit different. Everyone has some level of cognitive decline – whether you’re 55 or 95.

Short-term memory loss impacts a lot behavior issues, one of which is getting lost. Someone with this level of decline can’t remember where to go and how to get there.

Brain health is becoming the equal to physical health, in that there are many activities one can do to improve brain function.

So, what is so urgent about right now, that seniors need to be thinking about? As I mentioned before, the clock is ticking. Continuing care retirement communities were created to simplify one’s life as one ages. It’s like you’re on a never-ending cruise where everyone caters to you while you enjoy yourself each day with a bunch of good friends.

“Continuing care” means as you age and your needs change, the services necessary to take care of you are available where you live, at any time. The question is, when will that care be necessary? Who knows, but it’s available when needed.

All continuing care retirement communities have access to assisted living services and 24/7 care via a skilled nursing facility.

The key to having a fulfilling senior life is the capability of enjoying each and every day. Having good physical and mental health will allow you do so. Moving to an independent living retirement community puts you in a safe place that feels like a vacation.

Remember, time is of the essence.

Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. TheSeabrook.com