Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

4 Steps to Help Aging Parents Find the Perfect Place to Retire

If your parents have reached the end of their working days, the next step is to help them transition into an enjoyable retirement. While your parents ultimately have the final say in where they will retire, your input can help them make a better decision than they might make on their own. To help make this process easier for everyone involved, here are four steps to help aging parents find the perfect place to retire.

Consider Budget

First and foremost, you’ll want to consider your parents’ retirement budget when choosing where they will live. While some locations may be extremely desirable, they’re not always the most affordable. Take a good look at the money your parents have saved, then, and determine where they can afford to live out the rest of their lives. Looking in places “off the beaten path” may help you find the amenities your parents are seeking at a fraction of the cost.

Consider Climate

The climate of a specific location can have a big effect on the enjoyment your parents get out of their retirement. Locales with a nice climate can help protect your parents from illnesses and ensure they’re able to get outside more, which can help them stay more physically fit. Of course, places with a pleasant climate are popular with other retirees, as well, so you’ll want to ensure your parents are okay with larger cities before committing to a specific place.

Consider Community

As humans are meant to be communal creatures, the absence of community can lead to serious health effects, especially in older people. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your parents end up somewhere where there is a large senior population with whom they can connect and enjoy spending time together. One way to do this is to find a quality senior living center for your parents. These places provide welcoming communities and plenty of activities to ensure your parents never get bored.

Consider Distance

Even though your parents are moving, you’ll still want to be able to visit them regularly. Therefore, when considering where your parents will retire, it’s important to consider that locale’s distance from you and other family members. If your parents’ new location is too far to drive, it’s important to try and find a city with a large airport that can offer affordable flights to and from your city. This will help bridge the distance and help everyone stay connected.

Keep on Keeping on

Even though your parents have retired from a typical job, that doesn’t mean they should quit working. Staying active in meaningful and challenging activities can help your parents stay mentally, socially, and physically active, helping them to stay healthier as they age.

No matter where your parents end up, then, spend some time to help them become connected with local organizations where their time and talents can be put to good use.

Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

1 day ago

Integrated Family Community Services - IFCS

Together, we can continue our mission of feeding our neighbors and our friends during this crisis. With unemployment rising, people who have never needed help before are calling IFCS. There can be enough for everyone with your support. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Integrated Family Community Services - IFCS family, "The Skip", a 24-foot expandable conveyor! This item was necessary as we could not continue to provide Emergency Food to the community in a safe manor without it. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

IFCS On Twitter

National news picking up on what we are seeing - a massive growth in need. Monetary donations are a huge need right now! #DoingMyPartCO

It's been an incredibly busy day thanks to @KS1075 and DJ Tony V letting folks know about our free Emergency Food Assistance food boxes. Appointments are filled through tomorrow (3/25), so please call to schedule for Thursday and Friday. (303) 789-0501

IFCS is feeding up to 8 families per hour Monday- Friday! That's a lot of boxes filled with food. Thank you to two local U-Haul locations for donating 12x12's to us today. To make a financial donation please visit

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)