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. 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.

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

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.

The 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.

10 Good Reasons to Attend AARP’s Life@50+ Event in Miami

AARP has two national events per year and for 2015 the Spring Life@50+ event will be at The Miami Beach Convention Center.

Mary Ann and I attended the Lifeat50+ AARP National Events in 2013 (Atlanta), 2014 (Boston) and now plan on being in Miami,  May 14-16, 2015 for this year’s event too. We are excited!

So we want to share some good reasons we like to attend the AARP Lifeat50+ Events, especially the one coming up in Miami.

10 Reasons to Attend Life@50+ Miami

1. Frankly it’s an exciting and fun thing to do.

So many new experiences  and things to see all at one place. See how much fun we had in Boston!

2. The price is only $35 for the whole event.

Yes that is correct. Very affordable.

3. Ideas@50+ Miami Speakers

The following celebrities and experts will be on stage to inform, entertain and engage with attendees at Ideas@50+ in Miami. Check back often … More speakers will be added soon!

James Brown

James Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Emmy Award-winning broadcaster
  • Founding partner of the Washington Nationals
Samantha Brown, AARP Travel Expert

Samantha Brown

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Robert Carter appearing at the AARP National Event & Expo.

Robert Carter

Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Jean Chatzky, AARP expert on money

Jean Chatzky

Friday, May 15, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Diego Chauca leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Diego Chauca

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Certified group fitness and Zumba instructor
  • Health awareness promoter to corporations and nonprofits
Jeff Cole appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Expert in technology and emerging media
  • Founder of the World Internet Project
Adam Gazzaley will be a speaker during AARP's Life@50+ in Miami

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Neurologist specializing in how brains handle memory, attention and aging
  • University professor
Carla Hall appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Carla Hall

Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Co-host of ABC’s The Chew
  • Restaurateur, cookbook author and former competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef
Ingrid Hoffmann appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ingrid Hoffmann

Saturday, May 16, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Host of Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel
  • Owner of Rocca in Miami
Michio Kaku appearing at the Ideas@50+ National Event & Expo in San Diego.

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Renowned theoretical physicist
  • Best-selling author of The Future of the Mind
Rita Moreno performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

  • Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award-winning performer
  • New York Times best-selling author
Alonzo Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Alonzo Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • NBA All-Star and hall of fame inductee
  • Founder of the Mourning Family Foundation
Tracy Mourning appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Tracy Mourning

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Broadcast journalist, motivational speaker
  • Founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program
Robin Roberts appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Robin Roberts

Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Coanchor of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Author of her memoir Everybody’s Got Something
Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Jon Secada

Friday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • 2-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer, songwriter and performer
  • Professor and mentor for young singers
Ernestine Shepherd leading morning fitness at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ernestine Shepherd

Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Fitness guru and exercise coach
  • Honored by Guinness World Records as the “Oldest Living Bodybuilder”
Donnie Simpson appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Donnie Simpson

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Detroit and Washington, D.C. radio disc jockey
  • BET video jockey
Ben Stein appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Ben Stein

Friday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Economist and lawyer
  • Emmy-winning actor known for portraying the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston.

Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP

Friday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Author of The Doctor in the Mirror
  • Managing director of Tuckson Health Connections
Blair Underwood appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Blair Underwood

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Award-winning actor, director and producer
  • Portrayed Jonathan Rollins on NBC’s L.A. Law

4. Community Day of Service.

AARP volunteers and Rebuilding Together helped renovate and improve the home of Leonard Edwards in San Diego.
AARP Lifeat50+ Volunteer

Life@50+ begins Thursday, May 14, with the Community Day of Service sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase.  In the morning, volunteers will hear from community leaders, then volunteer groups will be brought into Miami neighborhoods to engage residents in projects that will improve their daily lives. Some activities will take place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

5. Movies For Grownups® Film Festival

Friday May 15th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   We had been featuring AARP’s Moives For Grownups on our Baby Boomer Movies page and get to see their excellent recommendations and reviews. Here, in person, you will see a screening of a new movie and meet some of the stars in the movie.

6. Learning Tracks are truly mind expanding and life altering.

I came away so motivated by the knowledge I had been given. Mary Ann and I especially like the AARP TEK seminars. These “learning tracks” as I will call them are reason enough to attend Lifeat50+ in Miami.

AARP presents a way for you to learn, engage and interact with others who share the same interests and passions as you at Life@50+. Attendees will experience all that AARP has to offer and discover their real possibilities through five tracks:


Health & Wellness

From brain health to caregiving to simple steps to get fit, the Health & Wellness track will provide comprehensive information and ideas from top experts in the field.


Money & Work

Are you in need of smart advice about money? Looking for a career change? Maybe you’re interested in starting a business? Our Money & Work track can help guide you in the right direction.


Technology & Innovation

Whether you’re learning how to embrace the latest trends and exciting devices, staying connected to the people and passions in your life, or you’re already on the cutting edge and want to meet others like you, the Technology & Innovation track is right for you.


Travel & Lifestyle

Your journey begins here! Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next dream trip, digging for home and garden suggestions or want to find out about how you can play a larger role in your community, the Travel & Lifestyle track will be your road map for success!

Life@50+ Miami Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The creative arts are a true outlet of human expression. Join with people from all disciplines to learn, connect and share in a brand new Life@50+ experience.

Crossing all tracks, Life Reimagined is designed for adapting to new aging challenges and possibilities. Today’s 50-plus Americans are living longer, healthier lives and, at the same time, are navigating economic, health, social and technological realities unlike any generation before them. We’ll help equip attendees to lead the type of life they imagine and prompt them to consider the most important questions they face.

7.  Health Innovation@50+

LivePitch Health Innovation@50+
LivePitch Health Innovation@50+

You will really like LivePitch for health technology and innovation for people 50 and over. In Miami, companies will be giving pitches about how they can improve lives in the 50+ community. Watching this live is truly fascinating. The Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch  is  Thursday May 14th 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8. Meeting, sharing and socializing

Connect with other attendees from all over the country. They are excited to be there and we are too! There will be a number of activities each day that will bring us together with exciting activities planned for us.

9. Exhibitor Hall

Ideas@50+ exhibit floor at the San Diego Convention Center.Here is an opportunity to talk first hand with company representatives that provide the services you and I need. You learn about discounts you never knew about that will save you some money. They will answer your questions.

I like that many of the sponsors are companies I use having meet them via AARP, like United Healthcare where I have my Advantage plan. I am switching to Consumer Cellular this week and getting the AARP discount to save much $$s. This is information we can use..  Take a look at these Lifeat50+ sponsors listed by track.

10. Play tourist in Miami Beach!

One main thing I like is to travel to Miami and Miami Beach and enjoy the city, the Miami’s restaurants and the historical sites. It has been a few years since I was in Miami (except to catch a cruise). I wonder if Joe’s Stone Crab Shack in Miami Beach is still great? Maybe I will find out! Here is Miami Sightseeing Tours, Attractions & More! on MiamiAndBeaches.com

Did I say 10? Well here is one more for good measure.

11. Amazing concerts

Several things going on here.

Looking for the Next Singing Sensation – AARP Superstar 2015

Superstar Contest 2015The finale of the AARP Superstar 2015 Contest will be held Friday, May 15. Finalists will compete at Life@50+ in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Don’t miss this fun and exciting night of music, and help crown the winner of AARP’s Superstar 2015! Tickets will go on sale soon.

Big Show on Saturday Night

This Just In

Gloria Estefan performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Gloria Estefan

Rita Moreno and Jon Secada performing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami.

Rita Moreno                      Jon Secada

Sweet Sounds in South Beach

International superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan joins forces with Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar-winning entertainment legend Rita Moreno and two-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada on Saturday for a night of music that will have you dancing into the streets of South Beach.

Life@50+ Saturday Entertainment Packages* start at $35 and are on sale now. Don’t miss out on this epic event! Get Your Tickets Now!

Entertainment at Lifeat50+
Entertainment at Lifeat50+

Gloria Estefan will close out Ideas@50+ with a show on Saturday night, live in Miami. This is a don’t miss opportunity. Stay tuned to see who it is.

Just Do it!

Now is the time to plan your trip.  Here is Ideas@50+ Miami info including registration. You will be glad you did.

Robert and Mary Ann Fowler
Retirement Media Inc.

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At the LifeAt50+ event you will meet many of the AARP providers that provide member benefits listed here: