Medical Tourism in Guatemala: Report on a Recent Emergency

Category: Health Issues

By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
 
U.S. has the best care in the world?
As an adult, I have been in the hospital overnight on five occasions for various health issues; Four times in the USA in different facilities and states, and once now in Guatemala. In three of those four times in the U.S. I had either poor results or negative outcomes. That’s 75% of my personal experiences with U.S. hospital care which have been unfavorable.

These events have ranged from little or no follow up from attending doctors once a procedure was completed, leaving me confused, concerned and on my own to figure things out, to the incorrect construction of a cast covering a broken wrist following a (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 28th, 2012

Your Editor Picks: How We Rank the 10 Best Places to Retire – And Why

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 28, 2012 — Last week we announced the list of the 100 Most Popular Retirement Towns, our annual list of the places that our visitors and members seem the most intrigued with. This week we decided to take that idea a little further by analyzing that list against 12 important retirement criteria. The result is a top 10 that looks very different, with 4 towns from the top 20 moving up to the top 10. Here are your editor’s selections for the “10 Best Places to Retire” – (the # in ( ) was its ranking on the popularity list).

The 10 Best Places to Retire – Topretirements Editor Picks
1. Sarasota, Florida (#2). Our top pick on Florida’s Gulf Coast has so many things going for it. The economics are very (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 28th, 2012

Tell Us Where You Are Going to Retire – And Why

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 22, 2012 — OK Topretirements members and readers, it’s your turn to help. We have been trying our best to give you practical advice about the best places to retire along with general retirement advice – now we need your (brief) input on a specific question. That is, tell your fellow members “Where are you going to retire, and why others should consider it”. For our part, we promise to analyze and categorize the responses in a future article. The project depends on getting many people to contribute, which will give us valuable survey data that everyone will appreciate. A similar survey that your editor worked on for NARFE, So Many Great Towns, So Hard to Choose, a few years ago generated hundreds of responses – we have every confidence our 22,000 subscribers can do the same. After all, this site is free, think of this assignment as your small payback. (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 21st, 2012

2012 List of 100 Best Places to Retire – Sunbelt Remains on Top

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 21, 2012 – Editor’s Note: See the 2014 edition of “The 100 Best Places to Retire
Once again this year the Sunbelt is the preferred region for baby boomer retirements. Topretirements.com has just published its 6th annual list of the 100 most popular places to retire on its site, and the Sunbelt’s retirement popularity continues — 75 of the 100 top positions are held by towns in the Sunbelt. Florida dominates the list of best places to retire, taking 26 of the spots (the same as in 2011), followed by North Carolina (11) and South Carolina and Arizona (7 each). The highest ranking non-Sun Belt city on our list was Bend (OR) at #37. Note: To make sure you don’t miss new lists like this, sign up for our free weekly “Best Places to Retire” newsletter. See also “The Worst States for Retirement – 2014“.

The Top 10
As has been the case since Topretirements published its first list in 2007, Asheville, NC is the #1 town, receiving more than 25 times as many page visits as Princeton (NJ), which squeezed onto the list in the #100 position. Asheville’s reputation as a great place to retire, its mountains, gentle 4 seasons climate, and recreational/cultural opportunities all make it the standard that all other retirement towns can aspire to. Sarasota (FL) once again occupies the #2 spot, while Austin (TX) and Venice (FL) climbed (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 21st, 2012

Living the Dream: This Baby Boomer is Making Award-Winning Wines in the Napa Valley

Category: Adventurous retirement

Note: This is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles. Our goal is to portray a variety of active baby boomer retirement lifestyles for our members. If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

Amelia Ceja is President of Ceja Vineyards, which Inc. Magazine named “Entrepreneur of the Year” (one of 7) in 2004. She and her husband Pedro are hard-working people. After talking with them for just a short time it is easy to see why their perfect idea of retirement is to just keep doing what they love doing – growing grapes and making wine in the Napa Valley. We think you will enjoy the story of these successful baby boomers and how they are living their dream retirement.

What Amelia Did Before Retirement
Amelia emigrated to the USA from Mexico at age 12. Her parents worked in the California grape industry. Growing up Amelia also worked in the vineyards as a child and during summers in college. After attending (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 14th, 2012

One Year Later: Artie’s Observations on Moving to the Carolinas from New York

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

This article was originally posted as a comment from Artie on our “Dueling Carolinas Comparison” article (where you also find many other helpful comments). He provides so much detail we thought it would make a great blog article on his own, so with his permission we have done that. We also added some other relevant comments to add even more detail. Thanks Artie!

Originally I thought I was moving to Florida (Jupiter), but here I am in Cary, NC. I can’t speak specifically to the advantages of disadvantages of having chosen NC over SC. But I’m sure my wife and I could have been happy in any number of places in either state.

One Year Later
This past August has been our one year anniversary since (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 11th, 2012

Top Retirement Myths of the Week – And More

Category: Retirement Planning

February 8, 2012 — Some weeks much good retirement advice comes in that we can’t possibly write about all of it. Since we didn’t want you to miss any of it, we’ve put together capsule summaries and links to all the great stuff. Here goes:

5 Myths About Retirement Homes. This story from Time Magazine’s Moneyland is essential reading for any baby boomer who is willing to be (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 7th, 2012

Why a Natural (Green) Burial Is a Good Idea

Category: Green Retirement Communities

February 7, 2010 — When my sister-in-law, the nature writer and environmentalist Susan Cerulean, first proposed a natural burial (also called a green, or conservation burial) for her father, I have to admit there was some serious eye-rolling on my part. And after I heard the scouting report on the first green cemetery she considered, I was even more sceptical. To an outsider the setting seemed undignified, and the people running it appeared more interested in the profit motive than in saving the planet. Fortunately she was able to find another cemetery nearby, a place of great peace and beauty that met all of her objectives for a natural burial.

After experiencing the serene and just about (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 7th, 2012

Which is the Best Carolina for Retirement

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 2, 2012 — We have just updated our 2010 article that compared retirement in South Carolina vs. North Carolina. Since you might have trouble finding it that far back in our Blog, we are publishing the link here:
http://www.topretirements.com/blog/great-towns/dueling-carolinas-north-carolina-vs-south-carolina-as-the-best-retirement-state.html/?awt_l=5x8Ih&awt_m=Iwrh29qzmRaAA4

The article compares cost of living, taxes of all types, housing prices, regions, climate, and best places to live. There are lots of comments too.

Posted by Admin on February 2nd, 2012

Retirement Reality Check

Category: Retirement Planning

By Betty Fitterman
Note: This is Part 1 in series. Here is the link to Part 2: “Living on a Dime, Or So It Would Seem“.
When we retired in July of 2008, we thought we were set for retirement. After all, we had over a million dollars in the bank, had just sold both house and condo, furniture and cars, and we’d settled in for a wonderful ride across the country in our new home, a classy motor coach with all the bells and whistles anybody could ask for. Little did we know.

If you want all the details of our three-year odyssey, you can see them all on my blog, but for now I want to talk to you about the money. And where it went. And went. And went.

First of all, (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 1st, 2012