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Retirement in Another Country

Anne Holmes | 11.03.08

Moving - or even retiring - overseas is no longer a radical notion. More and more, Baby Boomers are looking into retiring offshore in an effort the get the most from their retirement dollars, while having the adventure of a lifetime. Actually, Americans are choosing to emigrate for a variety of excellent reasons:

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If you are thinking about living in a different place after retirement sooner or later the question will probably enter your mind: “Should I live in an active adult community or in a mixed generation (traditional) community”. In our experience most people’s ideas on the subject are fluid – as they explore the options and the various pros and cons about active adult communities, their opinions often change. >>More



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Moving an Aging America Forward

Mary Kay Buysse | Executive Director | NASMM


This excellent article provides more details about the Association and services of Senior Move Managers.>>Download

Growing older in a changing climate

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In many European countries, the average age of the population is increasing. Researchers believe that the dual problems of age and climate change should be considered when developing policy. A new report on the UK population details particular issues faced by the over 50s relating to climate change, and puts forward five key recommendations covering policy, housing, transport, accessibility and leadership to address these concerns. >>More

The Villages, Florida


Consistently one of the most talked about, written about, and searched for Florida retirement communities, The Villages is an active adult (55 and over) community located in central Florida. >>More







Moving Away



Moving After Retirement

Gretchen Heuring | 2.20.09


There are many reasons why people move after retirement. These could include:

Living closer to family members

Moving to a smaller home or a home with no stairs

Moving closer to good health care

Choosing a retirement community

Choosing a communal home

Selecting an extended care program

Moving because of seasonal weather conditions

Following a dream and moving to a boat or near a golf course

Choosing an area with improved cost of living

And others!


Choosing Where To Live After Retirement


Deciding where to live after retirement can be pretty complicated. It's important to truly understand the reasons for moving before making your choice. Do you want to be closer to a sibling or your children? Are you following a lifelong dream to move to a warmer climate, or to a boat, or next to a golf course? Once you understand the basis for your choice, it will be a little easier, though still stressful.


Mary Ann Lawroski, a home economist with the University of Idaho, has written an excellent document, Where to live After retirement. She provides a checklist to help you make the best decision for you and discusses the pros and cons of different possibilities. You can download her document here. >>Download


Moving Can Be Surprisingly Stressful


Moving involves a lot of detail and big changes. Even when a move has been planned for a long time, it can be disturbing to actually take the steps. Dr. Scott Sindelar is a Scottsdale, Arizona Psychologist, author, and expert on stress, fear and anger. He says there are four major reasons for stress when we move.


"Security Alert, our homes provide security and when we make a move we are giving up known levels of security and trading them for unknown security.


"Memory Triggers, as we pack up our years of accumulated belongings, we are also forcing ourselves to review our lives.


"Reprogramming Blues, once we have lived in a home...we become used to where we keep our things. When we move, we have to find and remember new locations, subtly adding to our stress and causing fatigue.


"Support System Sacrifice, our old community provided obvious and hidden supports. We learned the locations and hours of the local grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, religious and school institutions. We developed some acquaintances and friendships. In moving, we lose those support systems and have to find replacements. More


Dr. Sinclaire can be reached at and through his website at