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