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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

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