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Old 11-01-2007, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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ITA, it becomes much more difficult to move to a new city the older you get. This isn't based on any studies, just my own observation of friends and family over the years.

It seems like most people get 1-2 last bursts of desire for change. One hits when they get to the point of retirement (and they feel excited about the next stage in their life). The other is much milder, and hits when it's time to move into an assisted living facility. A lot of people don't get this second burst, and those that do tend to chose facilities in their own neighborhood. By this point in your life, you want to shop at the same stores, go to the same places, see the same faces.

I've lived in Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Asheville, and Northern VA. In my 20's, I moved all the time, just becuase I was bored and wanted to see a new place. Often I moved across the country without having a job!

In my 30's I moved once, for a major promotion at my work. I noticed this move was much more difficult than the ones before. That was the first time I realized it really does become more difficult to move as you get older.

In my 40's I thought about moving a few times, but decided against it because it just seemed like too much of an ordeal. Moving was no longer an adventure.

In my 50's, retirement was straight ahead, and moving to a new, less urban place was exciting. OTOH, we also hated the thought of leaving the familiar more than ever. Also, the logistics of moving seemed exhausting. We knew this would probably be our last major move.

We will probably move one more time, in our 70's. However, we were careful to choose a retirement home with a variety of appropriate plaecs in our neighborhood. Becuase we just don't want to make a major move again.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think it depends on how much you moved when you were young and if it was a good experience. I love the chance to get to know someplace new. I hate the mechanics of it but once I get there, great!

Family. Ick! I've already put in my time caring for the elderly, 11 years, and I'm done with babysitting too. What's coming up next is MY time and I earned every minute of it. If I want to see family that's what planes are for.
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