About 40% of American retirees downsize or move after retirement. Some retirees opt to relocate to a new community and others decide to age in place. Below are things to consider when choosing a home for retirement and resources to help make the best choice. Tips Alternatives – consider changing lifestyle, downsizing to a condominium, or living with family. Benefits - moving provides opportunities for improving health, lifestyle, and happiness. Communities - choices include active adult, assisted living, life plan (also known as continuing care retirement), and lifestyle communities (e.g., beach and golf communities). Cost - consider financial and psychological expenses of moving; rent before buying to reduce risks. Dwelling - varieties include apartments, cabins, condominiums, garden homes, mobile homes, and townhomes. Family - explore alternatives with family members to achieve consensus. Health - plan for the go-go years, the slow-go years, and the no-go years. Purpose -
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Below are recommendations for reducing parental pressure and raising happier kids. For more tips, read articles about raising kids and keeping them happy . Also read Jennifer Brehenny's book about avoiding problems experienced by over achieving kids. Tip Delight - Lighten up when your child enters the room to show that their presence delights. Chores - insist that your child complete chores because it makes them feel that they matter at home. Family - organize low-stress family activities to promote healthier balances between work and play. Grades - don't emphasize top grades in every subject to avoid pressuring your child. Outdoors - promote outdoor activities like camping, hiking, etc.