Not surprisingly, most of these stories dealt with finding good places to retire, maintaining our health, inter-generational relationships, and our retirement finances. One significant difference I noticed during the past year was that more of our readers seemed to be giving serious consideration to retiring abroad.
Important Retirement Stories You May Have Missed
Best Places to Retire Outside the US
This is one of the top ten most read articles since this blog has been in existence. It includes the AARP list of the best places to retire abroad, along with a small amount of information about each location. You can also find more detailed articles on this blog about some of these locals.
Best Sunny Places to Retire
This list brings us back to the United States to review the communities here that have at least 250 sunny days a year, a low crime rate, strong local economies and plenty of fun activities for retirees. The surprising news in this article was that not all of these communities are in the south. In fact, both Oregon and Utah are represented on the list!
Why Retire in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands or Guam
Moving to one of the U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, America Samoa or Guam, is a great choice for those who want the feeling of living abroad without actually living in a foreign country. You do not need a passport, learn a new language, or obtain foreign health insurance. If you are contemplating moving to another country, you may want to read this article first.
Do You Need a Million Dollars to Retire?
Many people fear they will never be able to retire because they will never be able to save enough money. However, you may not need as much money as you think. Learn how you can stretch your Social Security benefits as much as possible so you will only have to supplement your income a little. You may be closer to retirement than you think!
Healing Relationships with Your Adult Children
This article was based on some sad facts I read in an AARP magazine about the increasing number of Baby Boomers who have become estranged from their adult children. While there are many reasons why this may happen, with a little help this situation can sometimes be reversed. If you are in a stressful relationship with any of your adult children, this article could help.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases After Age 50
Our adult children may not want to think about it, but many divorced or widowed Baby Boomers are actively dating again. While they no longer need to worry about birth control, unfortunately STD's are a serious problem. In fact, one quarter of the people in the US who are living with HIV/AIDS are over the age of 50! Learn how you can protect yourself.
Retiring Former Hippies Spark a New Generation Gap
This article was actually at the top of my list for several months. Now that the Baby Boomer generation is reaching retirement age, we rarely think about the differences between our values and those of our still-living parents. However, the generation gap that existed in the 1960's is making a comeback, as our generation becomes active in existing retirement communities where we once again find ourselves living with "the generation before us."
Finding Niche Retirement Communities
What activities are important to you when you retire? Several retirement community developers are building niche retirement communities that cater to the needs of special groups, including Asian-Americans, gays and lesbians, RVers, nudists and artists. If you are interested in finding a niche retirement community, this article will give you resources to help with your search.
Retiring in Luxury to Hua Hin, Thailand
This lovely, beachside town in Thailand is extremely affordable, with apartment rentals running from $400 to $1000 a month and a full-time housekeeper available for as little as $250 a month. Consequently, some American ex-patriots are finding that a couple can live there comfortably on their Social Security benefits alone.
Americans Retiring in Panama
Another country that has become popular with American retirees is Panama. One advantage of moving to this Central American country is the fact that the U.S. dollar is the official currency of Panama. Although the major cities in Panama have become expensive, many smaller communities are much more affordable.
Coping with Divorce after 50
Because this issue is so important to many Baby Boomers, I expanded the list of articles from ten to eleven important stories to be sure to include this one. While the divorce rate for other age groups has decreased in the United States during the past 20 years, it has actually doubled for people over the age of 50. Getting divorced at this age can have serious consequences, so it could be helpful for those who find themselves in this situation to read this article if they missed it earlier this year.
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