A Retirement Move Can Be Hard

On our Retirement Media sites, we have touted the reasons to move in retirement. We have sites like 55 Community Guide, Small Town Retirement and even City Retirement .  Those sites show the advantages and sometimes even the disadvantages of moving to each.  I do believe in the advantages of moving to a place better suited to your retirement with activities and plenty of potential friends and in a house better designed for retirement living – this is a good thing.

See my articles about moving in retirement.
Anticipating a Move to a Small Town
Move Now Rather Than Later To A 55+ Retirement Community

A Retirement Move Can Be Hard

In fact my wife and I have bought a house in a Del Webb 55+ Community that we will be moving to shortly.  We are excited but have only moved once since 1980 so moving is not something we do too much. This is going to be a good change for us, but I have to tell you a retirement move  can be hard.

Our new house will be roughly the same size as our current house minus the basement, but the de-cluttering has been a six months or longer project. It needed to be done and this move is the catalyst. I will have to get some advice from my friends who moved recently as to what the best procedures are for the logistics of the move, like hiring a moving company.

Then we will have to get the current house ready to sell, but that is something I have a lot of experience doing, since I am a retired master property manager. Piece of cake.

There are the doctors and medicare insurance change overs to think about.  We will only be moving about 50+ miles away to the outskirts of metro Atlanta and may be able to keep some doctors but there is a brand new hospital at the entrance to Village at Deaton Creek where we will be moving. There is a medical campus spouting up around the new hospital with doctors of all sorts, so it will only make sense to me to start seeing local doctors.  I believe when you move you can make a change in your medicare insurance plan even if you are not in open enrollment, but luckily I think we can wait for open enrollment and get a policy suited to our new location.

The Hard Part is Leaving Your Friends

All of the above is expected and we can and will deal with that. But the hard part is leaving your friends behind.

I told my fellow Senior Center Activity Committee members to look for a replacement for me at the end of my two year term because I would be moving. Oh boy, now the word is out and all of our friends at the senior centers are asking questions about where and why we are moving. We are not keeping any secrets about our move. It will be hard to leave our wonderful friends at the senior center that we play bocce with and so many other things.

Our neighbors are good friends that we have been on six cruises with and go out to eat with every weekend. They are not taking the news of our move well. We certainly will keep in touch and hope to cruise with them again, but once we move things just change. I am sure we can stay good friends, but just not neighbors. They joked (maybe) they may move with us.

All of this is part of the process we are going through with a move to our retirement community, one we probably won’t do again anything soon, if ever. Despite these things we are dealing with, we are very much looking forward to being in our new home in an active adult community. We certainly will have the opportunities for many new activities as well as activities that we enjoy already like bocce, walking, even dancing.  I hear meeting new friends will be easy, just join in on some activities and you will meet people. People so far have been very friendly and engaging.

It was difficult deciding in the first place to move. Once we decided on moving to an active adult community and we became excited,  we soon thought “why didn’t we do this sooner?”.  At age 67 we will enjoy the activities and look forward to making new friends.

Robert and Mary Ann Fowler

Robert and Mary Ann
Robert and Mary Ann








Undiscovered Retirement Towns

If you are looking forward to retirement – or if you are already there – choosing a place to live is a big decision. Aside from just the climate and housing costs, you have to consider many other factors when making your choice. There are the “biggies”: Access to health care, senior-friendly tax structures, and availability of active adult communities. But there are also many other considerations that may make a city or town more appealing to some retirees than to others. There are plenty of off-the-beaten-path undiscovered retirement locations that are not on every “Best Places” list out there but still offer many of the features you may be looking for.

Here are a few retirement towns and cities you may not have considered:

1. Prescott, AZ: With a population of about 40,000 residents, this small city in Arizona gorgeous mountain region offers a vital downtown, and is home to two small colleges. Property taxes are lower here than in many states, and there are decent retirement employment opportunities due to the size of the town.

2. St. Augustine, FL: This small town (pop. 13,500) in NE Florida boasts beaches, museums, year-round golf, a historical district, a college campus, and a top-notch outdoor concert venue (and the great weather needed to enjoy it!). The cost of living is low, and there is no income tax. Proximity to Jacksonville provides access to excellent healthcare facilities and night life, while living in a cozy, safe small-town environment.  More Best Small Towns in Florida

3. King of Prussia, PA: With a central location, King of Prussia residents can get to either the mountains or the seashore in a short 2-hour drive for recreational opportunities galore. There are also two of Pennsylvania’s largest malls just a few minutes away. Proximity to Philadelphia offers access to a number of universities, teaching hospitals, and excellent healthcare facilities.

4. College Station, TX: College Station population ranges from 97,000 – 150,000, depending on whether Texas A&M classes are in session. This is a real “college   town,” with all the excitement of college sports and a wide variety of affordable dining and entertainment options.

5. Branson, MO: The tourist town of Branson, with a “permanent” population of about 10,000 residents, has the benefit of an infrastructure designed to accommodate 60,000 people or more due to tourism. Great public transportation, police and fire services, and excellent health care are available here. This picturesque town is situated among three beautiful, serene lakes, nine golf courses, and many other outdoor recreational areas.

If you have not yet decided where you would like to live after retirement, sit down and write out a list of the factors that are most important to you. Whether you choose a location from our list of suggestions or look further afield, with a bit of research, you will be sure to find a location that is just right.

How To Get AARP Discounts

It is easy to get AARP discounts but you need to follow these simple steps:

Step One: Join AARP and get your membership card. Membership is only $16 a year and is open to anyone age 50 or older. You will see many more benefits from your AARP membership, but let’s stay with discounts on this post.

AARP card

Step Two: Always ask is there is an AARP discount and have your AARP membership card available.

Yes, it is that simple.

Places to Get AARP Discounts

Visit this page to find vendors that offer AARP discounts. On twitter @AARPMemberAdv has a stream of discounts available including the newest AARP discounts. On Pinterest AARP Discounts.

AARP Services is like the Costco of senior discounts. Travel, dining and entertainment is huge for AARP discounts, but also apparel, flowers & gifts, items for the home, and health & wellness are included.

Learn More From These Boomer Blog Posts About Where to get AARP Discounts

Bloggers covering the recent AARP Lifeat50 Miami event talked first hand with vendors offering AARP discounts and wrote these posts which profile some of the discounts available. Always check with the vendors for the current AARP discounts being offered.

AARP Member Discounts – A 50th Birthday Present
By Boomeresque — Baby Boomer Travels for the Body and Mind.

UnitedHealthcare Insurance | AARP Medicare Plans
By BoomerPlaces – Boomers at 50 – 55 – 62 – 65+

How AARP Membership Can Save You Money?
By Chloe of the Mountain

Getting Older Does Not Suck
By Midlife Road Trip

AARP Discounts: Consumer Cellular
by Boomerplaces

Lifeat50+ Swag and More
By Midlife Road Trip

AARP Member Advantages
By The Review Broads

How to Make Your Mother-in-law Love You Forever
By The GypsyNester

Cruising along at 6o+
By Champagne Living – Live the Good Life!

Miami: Great Travel Discounts Found Through AARP Expo
By Travel Gal: Kim Swidler

A little time investigating AARP discounts will save you a lot of money. Just look at these AARP travel deals.

The sooner you start, the sooner you start saving.

Many times you are already doing business with these vendors, so you might as well get a discount as I have. Recently I got a $8 Regal Movie ticket and a discount on my Coke and popcorn and saved on copies at my UPS Store saving several dollars on items I was buying anyway.

Travel is really where you can save some significant dollars. With savings like 30% off Budget rentals, up to $1,000 off cruises and big savings offered by several hotel companies, these saving really add up.