Where Are You Going To Live When You Retire?
BOSTON (CBS) – Almost one in every four Massachusetts residents belongs to the Over the Hill Gang. And that number will increase as the Boomers age.
If you are in the planning stage now how much money you will have in retirement is important and will dictate where you can live.
And it truly is a myth that we all want to retire some place far away. Some retirees do have wanderlust, but most don’t. They may want the warmer weather in January and February but the summers and falls here in New England.
Most Massachusetts’ communities have the basics of a support system in place; a Council on Aging or a senior center that offers various activities and services for their elders.
So how do you stay in your own home or your community so you are close to your support system? For starters, would you consider downsizing and moving into a smaller house that you can grow old in? Can you retrofit the house you live in or build a new home so it can accommodate your needs as you age?
Would you consider some of the plus 55 communities that are growing in popularity? You can own a home or a townhouse. Could be a gated community with a golf course, recreational center, a pool. All have rules about such things as putting up Christmas lights, visiting grandchildren and dogs you will have to live with!
How about a roommate? More and more seniors who are single are looking to share a home. Here in Massachusetts we don’t have a central database like they do in California but check with your local COA to see if they know of anyone interested in house sharing.
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, NORCs, is a demographic term to describe neighborhoods or buildings in which a large segment of the residents are older adults. NORCs are currently in Brookline, Framingham, Malden, Springfield, Lynn and soon to be in Worcester.
As a last resort there are the kids. If you are considering that, think about a granny flat so that you have some distance from the family and can come and go as you please.