Where Now? Deciding on Post-Retirement Living
Deciding where to live in retirement can involve more than checking the number of sunny days in various locations or calculating how long it will take to drive over to see the grandkids.
Studies indicate more and more people are deciding to remain where they are. When AARP surveyed people aged 45 or older, presumably a group that has at least started to think seriously about retirement living, nearly three out of four strongly agreed with the statement, “What I’d really like to do is stay in my current residence for as long as possible.”
Purdue University offers some extensive advice to its retirees and their families to help them weigh retirement options. When it comes to aging in place, the advice indicates about 27% of retirees live in a NORC, a naturally occurring retirement community. For example, 30 years ago a new development of single-family homes may have been built that attracted young couples. Now those couples are empty-nesters who are retiring. They have formed friendships and are there to support each other and band together to establish needed services as they age. An apartment building or condominium complex can also become a NORC.
But many retirees still want to take advantage of the opportunity to move, often to a location with less brutal winters. They may have dreamed of golfing or sailing year-round, and now is the time.
“Another thing they look at is the security. We talk about our great record in Sun City Center in having the lowest crime rate in Hillsborough County.”
People are also attracted, he continued, by the volunteer security patrol and the emergency squad ambulance service operated by volunteers licensed as first responders and emergency medical technicians.