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How Many Retirements by Connie Mason Michaelis

Excerpt from Daily Cures, Wisdom for Healthy Aging

If you think about it, we have many opportunities in life to retire. Each time we make a significant life transition, we, in essence, retire from one stage and move on to the next. Although we don’t usually think of it this way, we retire from scholastic endeavors at some point in life and move on to work-life. We retire from being single to transition into married life. We retire from parenthood and enter into empty-nesters or grandparenthood. At some point, we may officially retire from our careers and choose yet another new lifestyle. Maybe it will be a time for self-expression, hobbies, travel, etc. Many Seniors think about a change in location. After a trip to Florida last week, it is apparent that many folks are moving to warm climates to retire! The supermarkets, retail stores, golf courses, and beaches are full of Seniors. It made me think, “If you’ve lived in Florida all your life, where do you go to retire?” Everyone has decisions to make, even if they’ve grown up in paradise!

Every day I see people making a lifestyle choice that involves socialization, desire for safety, and medical support. Even when Seniors are active and healthy, they may start thinking about moving and downsizing. Many retirees want to return closer to home, kids, and grandkids. Some Seniors are ready to retire from home maintenance, cooking, and cleaning, and they may decide to move to a maintenance-free senior community. Another segment of the senior population wants to continue working because of finances or a passion for their work. Even if they choose to stay involved with work, they may want to simplify their living environment. The point is, retirement is not a one size fits all. There is a world of retirements to choose from!

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