Retirement often means moving to another location, whether that’s across town or across the country. Sometimes it’s across the ocean. Finding your new home, and possibly new lifestyle, can be challenging. It isn’t just a roof over your head; it’s home. If you’re already retired, or thinking about it, it’s a good idea to put a lot of time and thought into this decision.
Living choices abound today. 55+ Communities, Independent Living with an Assisted Living option, Memory Care, your own little place, apartments, and RV living are choices being made by seniors every day. You may want to travel, but stay in your own home with its comfort and memories.
Any choice you make will require change and adjustment when you quit your regular job. Perhaps you’ve been using your vacations for checking out retirement communities, possibly in a warm climate. You may also have decided on a permanent place to live.
Snowbirds are a versatile and thriving species. On the road, at home, or at their vacation location, they soak up activities and amenities with gusto. Folks from colder climates really have two summers a year, with a little chilly weather in between. Sunshine, golf, new places to see and a leisure pace can be deceptive. When you live somewhere, of course, you’re buying groceries, paying utilities, and trying to fill many hours a day/week with meaningful activities.
I have lived in three senior communities, each unique, and very different from the others. My first move was from the midwest to Arizona, and I chose a community still being built. I paid a monthly fee for the space it occupied, and for the community amenities. A large clubhouse was the center of social events and gatherings. A ballroom for countless events, a library and business center, billiards, fitness center, ceramics, inviting lobby and craft rooms kept residents busy all day and into the evening. The pool and patio were spacious, and hosted many parties and cookouts.
The second place was a very large and well-known community. Most of the homes were purchased; however, I chose to rent. The first house I rented, though large and lovely, had not been properly prepared before I moved in. Cockroaches and water leakage through the floor boards were just the beginning. The landlord offered to break the lease, and I started house hunting.
I chose to remain in the same community and found another home for rent. It was smaller but very comfortable and I liked it. Unfortunately, rats lived under the shrubbery outside, and made nests under the hood of my car. Oh no! Help was not on the way, so I began packing.
Currently, I’m living in a planned 55+ community. The housing choices are numerous, with row houses, single family homes and apartments. There is affordable housing in each building and a green environment. One can walk to shops, the Farmers Market and parks.
Doing Your Research
I searched carefully (I thought) before each move. I toured facilities and asked questions of the staff. What I didn’t do was talk to residents. I also did not take the lease to an attorney. I will do these things in the future. I will also check the Better Business Bureau and the state government offices for requirements and rules for landlords, as well as tenants.
For the most part, seniors want sports and craft activities, social events, safe and affordable housing and good management. The list could go on and on, with personal wishes and ideas. Most of all, we want respect and truth-telling.
Senior issues and needs drive the markets today, because we are the fastest growing age group. Here are links to information about senior concerns.
Seniors Living Well Embracing Change
Words Of Wisdom
Plan your best life and live it to the fullest. You can always change your mind.
The truth of the matter is that you have experience and options galore.
The consequences will let you know whether you need to re-work your plan.
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