Schneck Medical Center

SUM 2015

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8 S P I R I T O F W O M E N S U M M E R 2 015 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m perfect p e r t retirement spot Picking a By Kelly Burgess F I N A N C I A L F I T N E S S SHUTTERSTOCK with cost of living and home prices, Bernard recommends taking a close look at: • A senior-friendly environment. You don't want to be in a neighborhood where everyone else is 20 years old and activities are geared toward children. • Nearby services. Having necessities like the doctor's office and grocery store nearby may make life easier as you get older and want to cut back on driving longer distances or heavy traffic. • Interesting activities. Retiring near a university or college may open up a world of continuing education opportunities, while retiring near (but not right in) a popular tourist area ensures that there will always be plenty to do in your spare time. • Y ou don't have to look far to find lists of the best and worst places to retire based on cost of living, accessibility to health care, weather and other hard data. But often it's the "soft" data like nearby family and friends that should be the most essential factors in a relocation decision, say retirement experts. "The problem with these lists is that they are mostly algorithms. They don't take into account the little things that are important to us," says Dave Bernard, a retirement blogger for U.S. News & World Report and author of "I Want To Retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be." Coincidentally, Bernard and his wife are currently in the process of looking for their own perfect place to retire. Their criteria? Decent weather, which means not too much snow or rain, and being within a reasonable driving distance from each of their children—which Bernard says he considers to be about 90 minutes. However, if you want to be even more actively involved in your children's or grandchildren's lives—say, helping with caregiving—even 90 minutes may be too far. Beyond family considerations, you can compile your personal roster of best places to retire by applying the criteria from the popular lists that best fit your needs. Along If you're curious about which states come out on top and which sink to the bottom in a traditional algorithm-based retirement ranking, here are Bankrate.com's latest candidates based on cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, state and local taxes, personal well-being for seniors and weather. Source: Bankrate.com Making the list 5 best states to retire 1. Wyoming 2. Colorado 3. Utah 4. Idaho 5. Virginia 5 worst states to retire 46. Louisiana 47. West Virginia 48. Alaska 49. New York 50. Arkansas

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