March 16, 2015 — Charlene and many other women members of Topretirements have asked us if we have any plans to post a question like: “Where did you retire as a single and why?” It seems like a great question, so here goes. We are hoping to hear from many single women (and men) who have either retired or are considering different places to retire. We think the answers are going to be fascinating.
As Charlene said: “Many of us become widows/or widowers before retirement age and that changes everything. Do you move away? Do you retire near family because your alone in case of health issues? Are you welcomed in strongly coupled communities, Etc.? In other words I’d love to read from other singles where they live and what’s their experience. I know you have had comments about this but not a complete column of just real life experience. I have read Jan’s (Cullinane) book,”The Single Women’s Guide to Retirement“, but this would be another great resource.”
Another suggestion along the same lines came from Vita: “I’ve been reading about retirement for “golden girls” which is a group of single women who usually do not have a support network. They get together and share a home. Sometimes it’s a owner sharing her home or it could the girls purchase a home together. This is usually for women who would be alone in their senior years without support. Finances may or may not be an issue. The main issue tends to be being alone in this world without support.”
Comments: Please share your experiences if you are single and have moved somewhere in retirement (or became single after you moved), or haven’t yet picked a place but are considering some places that might be good for a single retirement. We look forward to many interesting comments.
For further reading:
If you are single and looking for a place to retire that will make you comfortable, you might enjoy these resources.
Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey on Single Women
When Living with Strangers Makes Sense
Creating Your Own Retirement Community (Forbes)
The Best Places for Retirement for Single Women
Women and Retirement (Topretirements Forum topic)
Retirement Your Way – When Cohousing Might be the Answer