Category Archives: Retirement Guides

Discover California’s Farm-to-Table Capital

California’s capital is fast-paced and progressive, but no matter how much “city” goes into it, nothing can take away from its deep agricultural roots. For the baby boomer or retiree who can’t decide between going urban or spending the weekend whitewater rafting, Sacramento, otherwise known as The River City, is a harmonious blend of modern meets country. What started out as the birthplace of the 1848 Gold Rush has turned into a thriving epicenter for education, business development, and a farm-to-table way of life.

Sacramento has been dubbed the Farm-to-Fork capital and the diversified city that sits where the American meets the Sacramento River. Home to the grand State Capitol Building, and historic attractions including Old Sacramento, and Gold Country, this isn’t a city to just drive through, it’s one to be explored. Named one of the best cities to live by Sunset Magazine, and Niche.com, Sacramento boasts nearly 300 days of sun, infinite amenities, and a growing 55+ demographic attracted to the city’s affordable active adult housing market, and age-friendly lifestyle.

Minneapolis. image of Minneapolis downtown at twilight

This Dynamic Duo Rated #1 For Healthy Living

The new year has just about everyone looking to give their lifestyle a healthy facelift from 30-day diets to starting a workout regimen. Depending on where you live, some cities seem to naturally cater to the wellness world giving health enthusiasts access to plenty of bike trails, fitness studios, and healthy food options. Places like L.A and South Beach may be synonymous for their beach bodies, and juice bars, but for one metro area, the pursuit of wellness made it the nation’s healthiest destination according to the American Fitness Index. Welcome to the heart pumping, smoothie loving hotspot of MinneapolisSt. Paul where whether you’re a runner or yogi, healthy living is just how the folks in the Twin Cities roll.

Despite arctic winters locals don’t bat an eye. Rain or snow, getting up and heading outdoors is what people here do to take advantage of all this metro hub has to offer. Home to more than seventy parks, five pro sports teams, and the Minneapolis farmers market established in 1937, a focus on health and wellness is woven into its tapestry. Cycling is to the Twin Cities as the subway is to New York as the main mode of transportation whether commuting to the office or doing some sightseeing. Named the number one bike city by Bicycling.com with over eighty miles of bike paths, and an extensive infrastructure of bike lanes, residents in this area are logging more Fitbit steps, than putting miles on their cars.

Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

While the lines at See’s Candy are wrapped around the block, and local florists are in a frenzy of ribbon, and rose petals, this very loving time of year could be spent giving back, and spending time with friends. You don’t have to be hitched to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in fact not being committed to a dinner reservation gives you the freedom to use your talents, and connect with those around you. Get creative this year with some heartfelt ways to show you care.

Start a Singles Group

Live in a 55+ neighborhood? With all the social clubs many offer, why not start a group for singles? It’s an amazing way to meet new people, and share exciting activities. Mix it up once and a while and get together for a dance class, wine tasting, or try a new restaurant. Even if sparks don’t fly, socializing with fellow singles is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends, and share something in common.

group of senior friends enjoying meal in outdoor restaurant

CoHousing: Seniors Find Independence Aging in Community

Remember the days when asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar, or ride to the market was a day in the life? The support of neighbors especially as we age is priceless particularly for those without family nearby, or who live alone. For the residents of Glacier Circle in Davis, California, the concept of senior co-housing has created a commune of active adults living independent lives, with fellow age peers nearby to lend a helping hand. As the country’s first “aging in community” neighborhood, the value of knowing someone is there when you need them has led to the development of numerous co-housing communities across the nation.

Retirement Communities Give Back to Their Hometowns

Housing designed for baby boomers and empty nesters takes the term “senior” out of the equation, focusing on promoting an active lifestyle, and offering amenity-rich neighborhoods. While 55+ communities continue to enhance the lives of residents, they have an even greater impact on the surrounding city. Many don’t realize how valuable these communities are, and how they influence the social, and economic infrastructure of the town they’re established in. From supporting the local art scene to providing volunteer services, retirees aren’t the only ones benefiting from their communities.

State of the art healthcare facilities are important to seniors, and most active lifestyle communities are within close proximity to reputable hospitals and medical centers. The upside to having top-rated facilities nearby is boosting the employment rate within a city, also providing job opportunities to baby boomers still in the workforce.

Winter Wellness Rituals

Winter Wellness Rituals

Depending on where you are in the world, chances are you’re cranking up the heat, and seeking refuge under a warm blanket, living on hot soup, and perhaps a Netflix marathon. This time of year is dead of winter at its peak, and New Year resolutions that promised a brisk walk, and lots of salads might be fizzling out as our bodies brave the cold. The good news is that going strong with your wellness resolutions can easily be done in the great indoors with some simple modifications.

During the summer when we crave lighter foods, the opposite is true during winter when the body actually needs warm cooked foods to regulate body temperature, and feel satiated. It’s easy to incorporate vegetables into your diet by way of hot soups, and warm salads made with grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables. Does market produce looking sad? Choose veggies like parsnips, winter squash, rutabaga, or leafy cabbages. Use warming spices to enhance digestion such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Thought a juice cleanse was the only way to detox? Last summer on a weekend family getaway, we all settled into our hotel room and spent a good while immersed in our cell phones. It could have been an iPhone commercial or an ad for how the modern family does downtime, but it was also an eye-opener to how technology has become such a pivotal part of our lives that we almost feel lost without it. How many times have you witnessed someone’s frustration because they lost reception, or couldn’t get wifi? What began as a convenient way to stay in touch, has become an all-consuming pastime of checking for updates from the moment we wake up. The benefits of a digital fast can be as beneficial as putting healthy fuel into your body, reminding us that technology is there to work for us not the other way around.

55+ Housing

Navigating the 55+ Housing Boom

According to the latest numbers, the Baby Boomer generation makes up 76 million of the U.S population, and with that comes an increased demand for housing, and services geared toward this discerning demographic. We’re no longer living in an era where you have your retirement cake send-off, and organize a major yard sale to downsize your life. Sure, aging in place with Jeopardy on the DVR may be a textbook move, but this isn’t how active adults are tackling their next phase. Boomers are the driving force behind the hundreds of age-targeted, and age-restricted communities designed to give them what they really want, and that’s not just a home, but an all-inclusive lifestyle. Looking ahead, most 55+ buyers aren’t looking to scale down at all, and are demanding more square footage, an abundance of amenities, and a desirable location.