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Retirement Homes

Searching for Retirement Home Can be Fun

Destin FL - Where to retire
Getting out and exploring new things is always fun.  Exploring retirement home options can fall in to that category.  Maybe you have a little more time to take a few days off. Explore retirement options in your area, your city, your region and far away. Make it your hobby to research and then to travel and experience new options you now have.

Experience the Vacation Getaways at the Active Adult 55+ Communities with a trip of 3 or 4 days and see first hand what they are all about. In addition you get to visit the town and area where the community is located.  These are positive experiences at very little costs.

Next visit small towns in your area and region. This would be as short as a day trip, an overnight trip or spent 2 or 3 days and visit several small towns.   Do your research first on the web and plan your visit. Visit during a festival or town event would be interesting as well. There are many advantages to retiring in a small town but just visiting can be fun too.

Next travel to a resort area and combine a vacation and a retirement research trip. Go to Hilton Head for a week. While there explore some of the communities in the area.  Warning: don’t buy any timeshares while there. Enjoy your vacation and learn something too. You have a legitimate reason for visiting the communities, you are not wasting anyone’s time. You are the prime prospect, but most communities are helpful and low pressure.  If you really did fall in love with the place, maybe renting for a season would be a good idea first.

Finally explore your own city. Research first then go downtown and experience the mixed use, high rise, loft, town centers and other interesting concepts in your very own metro downtown or midtown.  What would it be like to walk to restaurants and museums from your very own condo. Urban life is not for everyone but there are some boomers moving downtown to experience the advanatages of retirement city living style.

But the main to remember is to have fun! There are no deadlines and you don’t have to do anything. Take your time during your visit to take it all in.

Originally posted 2012-06-11 10:45:15.

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South Carolina

Retiring to South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Bay Street in Beaufort SC

 

We made a visit to Beaufort in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This area around Beaufort seems perfect for retirement living.

Here is a report on a few of the small towns, islands and communities in the Lowcountry that you may want to check out for places to retire.

 

Beaufort SC

Beaufort is a wonderful small town to visit on vacation, that is for sure. We enjoyed the carriage tour of the historical district and seeing the wonderful old homes here. We enjoyed walking the streets in the tourist areas off Bay Street and eating at the wonderful restaurants, especially those with seafood. We enjoyed the day trips up the Sea Island Parkway to visit Lady’s Island where some of the people we talked with in Beaufort told us they lived and mentioned when we asked about a good place to retire in the Lowcountry of SC. We enjoyed walking along the Waterfront Park on the Beaufort River on the backside of Bay Street and sitting on the decks of the restaurants there.

Lowcountry Retirement Towns / Islands

There are not any Over 55 Communities that we could find in the area except of course the Sun City Hilton Head which is about 30 miles away. People do retire to the Lowcountry but live in homes near Beaufort or on one of the many Sea Islands. Crossing the bridge from the historical district on the Sea Island Parkway you enter Mary’s Island which is home to several retirement community like communities, but not age qualified.

That’s OK for sure and actually preferred by many, living among multi-generations. Several of the communities had wonderful clubhouses with plenty of amenities. Of course these are resort style communities and are usually not far from a body of water,  if not actually waterfront or marsh front themselves.

Living in any of these communities would give you a great base for visiting nature, the beach, any of the numerous sea islands, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston.

Some Lowcountry Communities That Might Be Nice to Retire To

Our research led us to these Lowcountry communities as being great places to live, retired or not.

Coosaw Point http://www.coosawpoint.com/ – Located on Lady’s Island, this is a 400 acre beautiful Lowcountry community on the edge of the ACE Basin with all it’s wildlife , old rice fields, streams, wetlands and marches. Yet this community is only 10 minutes to Beaufort. A 12,000 square foot clubhouse with amenities and a causal feel for Lowcountry living at it’s best.

Newpoint SC – Another waterfront community on Lady’s Island boast a walking neighborhood that overlooks the beautiful Beaufort River. About 50+ acres it is a good size but not huge community.

Distant Island – We rode through The Village at Distant Island on Mary’s Island and saw some beautiful custom built homes in this waterfront community.

Pleasant Point Plantation on Ladys Island also has a waterfront location and a wide price range on homes.

Habersham SC is a beautiful small town on the coast of Broad River and is perfect for your retirement living. http://www.habershamsc.com/index.html

Dataw Island http://www.discoverdataw.com/ – East of Beaufort, this really is a retirement island as there are mostly adults living here in a gated community. It boasts golf course homes, waterfront and marsh front homes in this beautiful community that would be great for retirement.

Fripp Island http://www.frippislandrealestate.com/ is another island about 21 miles from Beaufort to check out. The whole island is a gated community! It’s a vacation resort but several hundred people live at Fripp also.

I think staying for a few days in Beaufort would give you a good base to scout out all of the above communities and have a great vacation as well. Maybe you will find a Lowcountry community that will be perfect for you to retire to.

For more information on Beaufort and surrounding towns and communities contact Keith Strawn at explorebeaufortrealestate.com

Resources:
More small towns in South Carolina
Thanks to Todd Covington at Low Country Properties

Originally posted 2013-11-01 16:44:42.

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Atlanta Ellijay Georgia North Georgia Mountains

Big Canoe – Retirement in North Georgia Mountains

Big Canoe is perfect for
Retirement in North Georgia Mountains

Big Canoe is one of the nicest large mountain resort communities in the country. It’s a small town in itself.

Last week we used a friends home in Big Canoe for a couple of days for a family reunion and I was reminded what a nice community Big Canoe is.  It is a beautiful mountain community with 8,000 acres, 3 or 4 lakes and 22 miles of trails.  A self sustaining park like resort community only one hour north of Atlanta GA.

Lake at Big Canoe
Lake at Big Canoe

Now Big Canoe is not officially a retirement community but they have everything say a Del Webb Community has and more. There are over 100 clubs in their activity center building as well a gym, pool, craft room, etc.  Several restaurants are in the community. Some more reasons we like Big Canoe for a retirement home.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 11:16:47.

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Senior Living

When is it Time to Put the Brakes on Elderly Driving?

Family Conversations with Older Drivers

senior driving

Our nearby senior community, Somerby of Alpharetta, invited me to a seminar they were giving titled “We need to talk… Family Conversations with Older Drivers” one of several excellent seminars they were giving. This is a good service they are doing and the meeting room was full. Didn’t hurt they included dinner, but the seminar was very professional and included speakers Thomas Corrigan who is a Geriatric Consultant, Mr. Jim Swain an elder care attorney, an Alpharetta police officer, and Ms Deann Young the Somerby representative.

The stop driving seminar was excellent and here are some of the highlights from my notes.

Ms. Young pointed out age alone is not sufficient to make the decision to stop driving.  Their is a post man in Birmingham Al who is over age 90 and still drives his postal route and has never had an accident. Many elderly drives are fine despite the jokes about old drivers.

There was a resident of Somerby who got up to talk about his decision to stop driving.  He and his wife had been living up at Big Canoe when he started having mini seizes, just going blank a couple of seconds.  He got better, then off on on he might have one.  He said he always had a practice throughout his life of arriving early for an appointment and to do that, he had to leave early. So in his mind he certainly didn’t want to hurt or injury anyone, and although he might could continue to drive until something happen, he would stop now. It was not about him, but about other people and their children.  Just like leaving early to keep his appointments, he would stop driving now, maybe early but the safe route.

Elderly Driving

Mr. Swain pointed out most people have been driving longer than they have been married, or longer than their career. It is difficult decision for them to make, to stop driving.

Some facts were presented.  You can’t say when a safe time of time to drive is, accidents happen all the time. An elderly driver has a 66% chance of dying in a vehicle crash. When you are young you can bounce back, but vehicle crashes are more serious to older people.

Age related conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts can interfere with driving.  Your field of vision really goes down hill fast after age 75. Medical factors which impact driving include diminished eyesight and hearing, prescription medications, decreased reaction time, physical flexibility, impaired judgment, dementia and memory loss, increase use of alcohol or OTC medications.

So how do you being a conversation with an older person about whether it is time to stop driving?  Begin collecting information.  Take a ride with the driver. Ask yourself would you let your 5 year old grandchild be in the car with them?  Get a driving evaluation (cost $300-$500)that will test cognition, reflexes, vision, flexibility, and visual attention. Has the Senior been in “close calls” or got lost while driving. Take a walk around their vehicle and look for dents and scrapes. Seniors have may difficulty turning to check over their shoulder while backing up or changing lanes. Has the Senior received multiple traffic tickets or warnings from law enforcement offers? All of these could be warning sign tells about driving problems.

It was pointed out that Seniors are a tough generation and don’t know quit, stop or give up. Later Officer Howard offers that you should talk with Seniors about Retiring from driving -not quitting.

Discussion About Driving

It is good to have the whole family on board before having conversations with the Senior about not driving. Discuss in a private setting. Then maybe the least confrontational relative or friend should begin the conversation about it maybe time to stop driving. Try to be non-confrontational. Encourage the Senior to express their concerns about their driving. Realize but remove the emotion from conversation. Then the whole family could reinforce the conversation.

Maybe give the Senior socially acceptable reasons that they could tell their friends why they stopped driving, like a hip replacement or medications for example. They need to explain why they stopped driving.

Offer up solutions

Other options for getting around could include take a taxi, using senior center vans, home care agency, senior service agencies, public transportation, and family members or neighbors and friends.

New Activities

Some new routines for the Senior that do not include driving may be gardening, spending time with grandchildren, travel, senior centers, family activities.

Positive steps Loved Ones Can Take
Schedule an eye exam with an Ophthalmologist, ask physician if there are assistive devices which could help with driving, have senior undergo a complete physical examination, consider neuropsychological testing if dementia is a concern, review all medications and side effects which could affect driving, arrange for the Senior to take a driver education refresher course through AAA or AARP, offer to pay for a comprehensive driving evaluation.

Professional Help

Doctors can help but it was pointed out they are not going to tell the Senior they can’t drive anymore.  Geriatric Care Manager can assisted as well as counseling professionals, Senior Realtors and certified driving instructor.

Hope this points help if you are concerned about a Senior continuing to drive.

Senior Community Guide

Originally posted 2010-11-08 08:55:35.