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Retire To Your Happy Place

Dec 19, 2017 | Life at Ávila

“You’re off to great places! So get on your way! Your mountain is waiting . . .
so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

You know the place–the one that gives you a big smile and warms your insides. It’s your happy place: it may be a certain town, a favorite hobby, a cozy reading corner or being in the presence of a great friend.

For a lot of people, when they think of retirement, they imagine a life of decreased responsibilities and increased fun. Talk about a happy place! To achieve this, it’s important to plan ahead. Around age 50-55, start actively thinking about the big picture—what do you want out of your retirement?

  1. How do you want to spend your days?
  2. Where do you want to spend your days?
  3. What would make you most fulfilled?

If you are married or have a partner, make sure you talk to them early and often about your thoughts, ideas and plans. Many retired adults love their simplified life—it gives them more freedom to enjoy activities, family and travel.

wine and cheese at Avila Retirement Community

Wine and cheese around the piano at Avila (photo courtesy of Max Tiller)

In your retirement, you’ll want to strike a balance of physical activity, mental stimulation, social connections and personal fulfillment. Hobbies are a great way to meet a lot of these benchmarks. Exercising regularly is another strategy for success. And lifelong learning can be an incredible way to stay engaged with the world around you.

Playing mah jong with friends at Avila.

The average age for retiring in America is 63. For many, that’s right around the corner.

Each person’s “happy place” is unique to them. If you’re an older adult, start thinking about what your happy place means to you.

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