Baby Boomer Series ~ A Tale of Two Women

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Baby Boomer Series ~ A Tale of Two Women

A Great Place to RetireThis post was prompted by a recent visit to two relatives, each of whom is living in a popular retirement area.  Both are 84-year-old widowed women.  They both began living in their current homes when their husbands were alive, and now they are living alone. As I visited with each of them, I started to think that the choices we make in early retirement or even pre-retirement are going to impact us long after those fun-filled active retirement years, so it’s wise to think ahead when making those decisions.

One woman lives in a single-family home in a quiet neighborhood near shopping and amenities. Her neighbors are mainly young families with children; most of her time is spent inside her house except when she walks her small dog. She has a yard with nice plantings, a fish pond, and a pool and lanai. When she and her husband bought the property, they considered it easy maintenance compared to their larger home in the north, but now this house requires maintenance that the woman is not able to do.  And although she is in a warm sunny locale and can accommodate visitors, she doesn’t have frequent company.

The other woman lives in an age-restricted community in a single family home. The community takes care of the exterior maintenance and a service is available to help with inside chores. She is close to many people her own age and can participate in a variety of activities. She has frequent visitors because friends and family enjoy the lifestyle as well as all the amenities that are available.

Neither situation is perfect, and people must decide what is best for them. Some never want to give up neighborhood living and will simply hire people to do the work; others would prefer to have it done for them. Some enjoy their solitude, while others enjoy the company of others. Either way, it's a big decision.

If you are thinking of downsizing and staying here in Connecticut, I can help you find your next home. If you are thinking of relocating to warmer climates, I can refer you to someone who will help you with your search. 

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Comments (6)

David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

My widowed neighbor is 80 and maintains her detached bi-level herself ( she was digging weeds this evening). She packs lunches once a week for "meals on wheels". She is Danish and appears healthy as a horse.

Genetics is wortht its weight in gold. My parents lived into theit 90's and hoping that this is meaningful.


Mar 31, 2012 09:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Peggy as I mature in years those are some of the things that cross my mind.  Those days come upon us before we know it.

Mar 31, 2012 10:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Peggy- we were just speaking about this with a friend.  I have to thank my mother-in-law, who passed away last year, for making a decision on her own to go to a John Knox Village long before she had to.  She said she wanted to be the one to make the decision. 

Mar 31, 2012 11:02 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
These are interesting ....and very individual lifestyle decisions. I've worked with retired buyers who want to live near children and a mixture of "stage of life" families....and others who want to be in a 55+ community only. Luckily both possibilities are out there; it just does take people thinking through how they want to and need to live.
Mar 31, 2012 01:33 PM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


These are two exellent stories and an excellent point.  It really does depend on what the individual wants.  

Mar 31, 2012 04:53 PM

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