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This is a guest blog, written by Louise Machinist and Karen Bush, and is based on a presentation they did at a professional conference.
This is an exciting time to be retired. The array of positive aging strategies is expanding as knowledge and lifestyle options proliferate, including innovative shared housing models that allow retirees to enhance both their financial resources and their quality of life.
As I discussed in a recent post, retirement may bring with it an opportunity to move. While figuring out where to move to can be exhilarating and fun, at the same time, we may be strongly attached to the place we already live in and to the things we keep there. Especially if we are living in the home in which we raised our family, the prospect of moving, and the downsizing that usually accompanies it, can turn from being an exciting adventure into an endeavor both a little sad and more-than-a-little daunting.
Retirement often brings with it an exciting opportunity to think about where we want to live during this portion of our lives. We may want to move to a different climate or be closer to relatives. We may want to reduce our cost of living. We may just want to see what it’s like to live in a different neighborhood or in a smaller house. But how to choose where to go?
How many articles have you read in the last five years about where you should live when you retire? Usually, the more information about a specific subject you’re researching, the better. But in this case, much of the information available is inconsistent, incomplete, and many times, in conflict.
Welcome and Happy New Year! This is going to be an exciting and wonderful year; I can just feel it. I’m so glad you have decided to join me on this journey – retirement can be the best part of your life and I’d like to help you make it so.
Over time, I’ll be covering a lot of ground in these posts. Here’s an interesting exercise: Do a Google search for “retirement advice.” By far, the vast majority of websites that come up will be about the financial aspects of retirement. Of course, that’s important, but that’s not all there is to it!
I'm Linda Fleit. My husband and I were lucky enough to retire when we were 61, about nine years ago. We love being retired and want to share all that we've learned over the years about this wonderful stage of life.