Are retirement communities on the horizon for the old codgers? As they look forward to another winter of shoveling snow, the guys wonder when they are ready to consider the big move. They discuss whether the advantages of warm weather and endless leisure activities are right for them if they head to the Sun Belt. Retirement communities affiliated with universities are attractive alternatives for lifelong learners. And then there is the looming elephant in the room—the challenge of downsizing into a smaller space. Spoiler alert! The old codgers are still pondering this major life decision.
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3 comments on “Retirement Communities”
Hi guys. Really enjoyed your podcast today on retirement communities. Whilst I don’t like to shovel snow anymore than the rest of you, you forget that if you retire in places like Arizona or Florida you have to endure the summer heat and/or humidity. I, for one, dislike the heat as much as the cold. That’s one reason we chose Santa Fe for retirement. We get 4 seasons and the winters are relatively mild as are the summers. I rarely shovel snow here as it melts usually within 24 hours. Keep up the good work.
You are spot on about the perfect balance Santa Fe’s climate offers. The snow usually melts off the driveway by noon and winter hiking is still a good option (I’m just back from a quick trip up Sun Mountain). We recorded that episode on a day when I was mentally adjusting myself to winter. And you do remind us of the miserable Florida humidity for eight months of the year and the oven-like temps in Arizona in the summer. I think I’m here for a few more years…;-).
Rich — Bullseye! I grew up in Kansas, and it was the hot, humid, buggy summers that drove me out more than the winters. But then, I was in my teens and could get paid to shovel snow. The pocket change didn’t hurt. Since we live most of the year in Southern California, I haven’t really contemplated shoveling snow as a senior. Doesn’t sound lovely, though. Thanks for the comment!