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Old 06-21-2007, 09:30 AM
 
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For anyone who has experience with this subject (as a retiree or as the child of a retiree): How can we make adjustment to retirement as smooth as possible for my parents?

A little background info: My family and I will have to transfer in the next couple of years. My parents are going to follow us wherever we move. My parents are probably going to build on our land (unless we can find a house with a small house in the back yard), but they will be on a fixed income. We are very close and already have great rules regarding privacy, respecting each other's space, etc. as we have lived next door to them before.

So, now I am looking for tips about what you think we can do, what we should avoid doing, etc. to make this a successful situation. I am interested in suggestions & ideas to help with adjusting to leaving friends behind and making new ones, housing issues, things to check on when moving to a new state (like taxes for retirees), really anything that you wish someone had told you or anything that you have learned! Thank you for your words of wisdom!

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Old 06-21-2007, 09:53 PM
 
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Off the top of my head Iíd say that when you move with retirement seniors a couple of the things you might want to keep in mind are. First you and your parents must be close enough that there arenít any problems living too close by each other, and thatís good. However do the seniors require much medical care? Hospitals and doctors will be an important consideration to where you move Ė if they donít need it now, they will soon.

Second, a place where other seniors are available for companionship for the parents is also important. They will need to establish their own personal circle of friends outside of yours.
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:16 AM
 
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Thank you AksarbeN! Your advice is excellent! I've heard that relocating is both harder and easier than one can ever imagine, and I'm finding out that the planning is that way, too. It is so exciting and fun because my parents are going with us, but it is more scary because when we all move, we want them to feel like they are at home instead of feeling uprooted. Advice like you have given will hopefully help us minimize the list of hard things to deal with before, during and after the move! Thank you again!
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:51 AM
 
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There are many new areas in most states that offer good benefits to senior residents. Things like social events, medical care, and more are important when relocating. If they have grandkids that will be left behind itís important that arrangements be made to always be able to have them visit one way or the other. And telephone calls back to other family members and friends should always be encouraged to help keep contacts alive and enjoyable.

Iím retired now and I would hate to move again. The last move took about 2 years before we felt comfortable with our new area. Finding doctors, dentists, and other professionals was important ~ some of our new friends had recommended several and things went very well after that.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:51 PM
 
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You might look into RETIREMENT LIVING INFORMATION CENTER - Retirement Communities and senior lifestyle data (taxes by state). Some states will tax pensions, social security, military retiree pay.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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You might look into RETIREMENT LIVING INFORMATION CENTER - Retirement Communities and senior lifestyle data (taxes by state). Some states will tax pensions, social security, military retiree pay.

Thank you so much for the great link! I am going to forward it on to my parents.
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