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Old 03-06-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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Aging in place concept has been oversold, professor argues - The Washington Post

What are your thoughts on where and how to live as you age?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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i want to be near the kids ,grandkids and family. everything else is secondary. as long as they live here we are here.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:07 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I am torn between selling my current house and buying one in a small town or buying a house that is isolated (lake, forest, etc.).

Can't make up my mind, so I'm staying put until I can!
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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We would love to stay near friends and family, but financially that is not wise for us.
We are moving to a smaller home in a place much less expensive than our current area. Besides, there's no guarantee our kids will stay in the same area either!

Aging is partly about loss and how to accept it, as eventually we lose everything. Gradually adjusting is better. I'm actually looking forward to getting rid of a lot of the possessions that we have stockpiled over the years.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I'd say that article is spot-on. The house in suburbia or out in the boonies that works for a middle-aged couple with kids probably won't work well at all for a senior who has developed mobility issues or who can't drive. And the cost of maintaining such a house goes up when you can no longer do most of the yardwork and basic maintenance yourself and start having to hire help.

I know I'm going to sell my house when the time comes to retire. It's a very nice house, but it's bigger than I need and more work than I'll want to deal with once I'm old. A condo or a rental apartment would be more practical, should I choose to stay in the city where I am currently living. And I think that renting a 2 bedroom apartment in a senior's development might even be cheaper once I factor ALL the costs of maintaining my house into my budget.

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Old 03-06-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Do what is best for you at whatever stage of life you are at for as long as you can. You don't get a life mulligan!
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:38 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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What are your thoughts on where and how to live as you age?
Gonna live where we want and how we want. Oh! Wait! That's what we're doing and has been since we both retired. What a concept!

Where our children and grandchildren live is not a factor as with today's mobile society, too many have moved to be near them or stayed in place because of them only to have them pick-up and move elsewhere as jobs, finances, medical issues, weather patterns or new employment opportunities have beckoned or dictated.

How willing are you to let your children and/or grandchildren essentially dictate how and where you spend your retirement years? We're certainly not.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Aging in place concept has been oversold, professor argues - The Washington Post

What are your thoughts on where and how to live as you age?
I'm where I plan to be as I age, and figure that the only way I'll leave here is carried out feet first, in a pine box.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Northern IL
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We can't wait to leave after we retire and the house is sold. We have no kids and some family lives here but we can travel to see them.

Can't wait to get out of high traffic area and inot more rural environment. Would have always lived there if we could have made a decent living.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Aging in place concept has been oversold, professor argues - The Washington Post

What are your thoughts on where and how to live as you age?
This sums it up

"Golant said the United States has so far failed to provide decent alternatives for older people to relocate. The middle class is especially affected, because they cannot qualify for assistance available for people with low incomes, such as Medicaid, and they can’t afford many retirement communities.

“We know how to provide beautiful long-term care,” Golant said. “What we don’t know how to do is make that kind of product affordable to anyone but [those] in a higher income bracket.”
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