Successful retirement in Canada relies on key factors:
A positive attitude.
A Positive Attitude
Moving from the family home to a retirement setting can be very
difficult but if you are not living life to the fullest that can be even harder.
If any of the following points sound familiar, retirement living in a community
setting can open up a world of possibilities.
Cleaning and maintenance of the home
and yard has become more time consuming and difficult.
Preparing healthy meals three times a
day is a chore especially if it is only for one or two people.
Social outings are sometimes difficult
to manage, particularly if friends and family live at any distance.
The positive attitude
can be derived from admitting that a change of scenery would be a great idea
and that you have better things to do than chores.
Retirement homes and
community settings provide respite for seniors who choose to use their
retirement years enjoying themselves rather than worrying about
responsibilities such as housekeeping, laundry or cooking healthy meals.
Developing a positive
attitude should also include redefining what the word ‘home' means. Home should be viewed as a place where one is
comfortable and secure, not just as an address. In fact, the trend for today's
active and independent seniors is better than home. Retirement homes and
communities have evolved into havens, offering many services and amenities that
will really turn retirement into the golden years. Of course, the services and
amenities offered can vary greatly between facilities, which is why research is
such an important part of successful retirement in Canada.
Planning and Research
Retirement should be about the freedom to live life unencumbered
and today's seniors are choosing a wide variety of ways to enjoy retirement.
Taking the time to plan will help you to develop a unique retirement plan
the most ideal retirement location that will accommodate those plans.
Ensuring to plan out the little details that may get lost among
the bigger decisions like downsizing, selling a home and packing is essential. Small
details like whether or not pets are welcome, or if parking is available for
personal vehicles may not be on your mind but they are incredibly important and
may be a source of regret later if not looked into properly.
When researching the different options, take care to visit the top
candidates for a personal viewing. When possible, schedule a short-term stay
and talk to current residents to get a feel for the location and, even better,
to see if they would have done anything differently while they were planning
Residents Offer Advice on Retirement Living:
Plan sooner, rather than later. This
allows for the ability to make the decisions based on want rather than on need.
Sometimes that last fall can leave you dependent on other people to do your
research and make your decisions for you.
Take your time when downsizing. It's
hard to say goodbye to ”things”. If you do it slowly the stress won't be so bad.
You might be able to make some profit AND the fewer the things you have to
worry about when looking for a home, the
more freedom and flexibility you will have when getting to the final stages of
planning your retirement.
When possible don't cancel outside
activities and memberships! Being active in the community outside of retirement
living is another form of freedom and can help you maintain stability. Make
sure you pick a residence that either has parking for your car, or offers
Research, planning and keeping a positive attitude will help you
to achieve a truly successful retirement.