Where to retire -
choosing where to live

where to retire

Where to retire is a question we older adults start to ask at some point in our life.

Where should you live? Millenials or baby boomer you will be confronted with this issue.

It doesn't matter if you are you just starting out or starting over.  It could be your chance to start fresh and decide how you want to live for the foreseeable future. 

Maybe as an older adult, you don't want to change anything, and you can do that. Many don't have that luxury. Some are looking forward to making changes.

Begin with what is important to you.

"Home is where the heart is" ~ Pliny the elder

Where to live or where to retire.

Here is a list of things you may want to take into consideration.

 It will give you ideas on where to start.

  • How will you afford this?
  • Would you like to live in a city or rural area?
  • Community
  • What kind of building would you like?
  • The size of the house
  • What about co-living?  Co-living is an idea for young or older adults. 
  • Maybe a self-sustainable or efficient home is in your future.
  • Rent or buy
  • senior home
  • resort style
  • Distance to family and friends
  • Are there opportunities for learning?
  • What is the transportation available?
  • Walking community.
  • Crime rate.
  • Climate
  • Is there a variety of food available?
  • Health services nearby.
  • Do you need to work?
  • Culture.
  • Can you afford the rate of property tax?
  • Independence
  • Would you like to age in place after this next move?
  • How would you feel about moving to another part of the country of another part of the world?

I suggest that you sit down when you aren't interrupted.  Use this list and add things that are important to you. Under each item from the list write how you feel about it. Then draw up your conclusions. It will help you when you start looking for a  place to live. 

Pick what you feel is your number one issue. Take this and expand on it. How can it be solved before you move on to another step?

It doesn't mean that you have to ignore everything else, but sometimes an issue must be worked on before we can make the next choice. 

For instance, for me, my health is my number one issue, and I have been dealing with it. However, I needed to work out my finances before I could move to the next step of where I will live.  

Ask for help, don't be afraid. However, this is your decision. You want to remain in control, and that is why it is so important to do it before you do not have the energy. Where to live is something you should take seriously no matter what your age.

Where to retire is a good question to ask yourself even if you plan to work forever.

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