Most of us have a vision of what our retirement years will look like. That vision might include plans to travel, tackle new hobbies, or spend time spoiling the grandchildren. As you finalize your plans to live your best life during retirement, it’s important to remember that where you live matters.
Safety, socialization, and purposefulness are a few of the elements that impact quality of life for retirees—and each are dependent on where you live. Here are five factors to consider as you prepare to make your retirement dreams a reality:
- Environment: Falls around the home remain a leading cause of disability for seniors. That’s why it’s important to pay special attention to your home’s environment when you are planning to retire. Good lighting, an open floor plan, an accessible bathroom, and single-story living can all add up to a safer environment during retirement. Finding a place to live that meets those safety criteria is essential.
- Location: While many of us dream of retiring in a climate that is warm year-round, packing up and moving far away might not be the best idea. As you grow older, you might want to be closer to friends and loved ones you can count on for support. So, think carefully about the location you choose.
- Companionship: From depression to heart disease, older adults who lack companionship and social interaction are at higher risk for a variety of health conditions. When you are choosing where and how you will spend your retirement years, explore how easy it will be to make friends and maintain a social network.
- Access to care: Another important factor to consider is nearby healthcare providers. A change in health status can reduce a senior’s ability to drive safely. Living in an area that is near hospitals and physicians or in a senior community that offers transportation can allow you to easily access the medical care you might need.
- Purposeful days: Living with purpose helps older adults enjoy longer, healthier lives. Finding a place to retire that has easy access to life enrichment programs, volunteer work, and social activities can help you continue to find purpose after you are no longer a part of the working world.
If a move to a retirement community—also known as an independent living community—is in your future, we invite you to get to know Sunrise. We offer full-service continuing care communities and traditional independent living centers across the country, as well as assisted living and memory care programs. You are sure to find an option that meets your needs and interests!
Source: Sunrise Senior Living