Retire Abroad to Costa Rica With Going Like Sixty

Retire Abroad Like Going Like SixtyGuest Blogger Mark Van Patten author of blog agreed to talk about retiring to Costa Rica

What made you decide to retire to a foreign country?
We thought we never could afford to retire because of the cost of health care in the U.S. When we started looking abroad, we discovered we might be able to make it work living strictly on Social Security. So far, so good. [Read more...]

Finding Your Perfect Retirement Home

Map of Southwest USAMy husband and I started thinking about our retirement home in our thirties. Wherever we traveled, we’d always ask, “Would we like to live here in retirement?” I think it had more to the interest at looking at homes more than anything. One of the benefits of this process was we developed a clear idea of the criteria we needed for our retirement home and community.

There are a number of factors you can use for selecting where you want to retire. Based on the mass exodus from the frigid Northeast and Midwest to the Sunbelt, weather has always been a primary factor. We weren’t an exception. Originally from Colorado, but having spent almost thirty years in So. California, neither one of us was interested in long, cold snowy winters. Neither were we interested in either humid and/or hot summers. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities to Help the Environment

Prior to the Second World War, few people considered the necessity to conserve, protect and restore the natural resources of land, air and water. For baby boomers who grew up in a time of expanded environmental awareness, working on environmental issues is a worthy retirement goal. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities Enjoying Nature

In 1971, the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized. This allowed the national parks to utilize volunteers for the benefit of both the individual and the parks. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers contribute millions of hour yearly to ‘preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage.’ [Read more...]

Living Arrangements for Older Singles

You’ve heard the saying that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. While that may be true, if you’re a woman, chances are good you’re going to spend some of your older years as a single.

One thing nice about aging baby boomers is even if you’re single, that doesn’t mean you have to be alone. [Read more...]

Is Happiness a Choice as We Get Older?

Celebration of getting older_I was talking to my best friend from high school this weekend and we were discussing getting older. The fervent wish we both shared was not be to be grumpy old people. The question arises as the whether or not happiness is a choice or are we victims of our own attitudes? Can you choose to be happy and how do you do that when life ain’t always grand? [Read more...]

Leisure Activities With Plants

After World War II, my parents rented a basement apartment from a retired Colorado Supreme Court justice and his wife. They became friends and I can remember visiting them as a young child. We would usually go to their house in the evening and Judge Alter (as I called him) would come into the living room wearing full bib overalls after a day of working in his vegetable garden. His passion was raising strawberries and I can remember being amazed at how the small white blossom would transform into a luscious ruby red fruit.

Whether you are content with a small herb garden on the kitchen windowsill or have elaborate acreage in the back forty, raising plants and gardening has always been one of the most popular leisure activities in retirement. [Read more...]

Do Family Secrets Help or Harm?

Going to the Grave with Family SecretsYesterday, I was sitting in the Doctor’s office waiting with my mother. She has dementia and we were waiting to hear the results of her recent blood panel. The days of conversation with my mom extending beyond how wonderful her cats are and moving back to Texas are few and far between.

Our exchange yesterday started out similar to most. She treasures the memories she has of her childhood in Iowa going to her grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner. She relives what a wonderful family she had and how everyone got along. You know, the typical good old days scenario.

My mom will admit that her memory is limited to her childhood and the years she and my dad lived in Texas, after they retired. It’s frustrating for her not remember raising her family and the time she spent in Denver. [Read more...]

The Value of Friendships in Retirement

DCP_3761 ABelow is the beginning of a newsletter I sent recently.  You can receive the RLMnow newsletter and get a the 7 Ingredients to a Satisfying Retirement, by signing up on our home page

Tomorrow is the birthday of my good friend, Christa. We came together by accident our sophomore year in high school. The school sponsored a trip to Mesa Verde and I didn’t have someone to sit with. We were arbitrarily put together as seatmates. We’ve been on this life journey together ever since. Our relationship has withstood many changes over the last 47 years. We haven’t even lived close to each other for over 35 years. It’s said if you have 3-4 intimates in your life, you’re lucky. I would say that is true. [Read more...]

Should I Get My Jeep Dirty?

Northern Arizona is jeep country and home of many new retirees, aging baby boomers looking for fun and adventure.

There are miles of dirt and rock road traversing the high desert. Our new friends recently moved here from Indiana. It was natural for them to trade their corvette for a brand new red jeep.

The problem with jeeping is it can be hard on jeeps. [Read more...]