Category Archives: Massachusetts

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What are 55+ Communities?

We have all heard of people who retire to 55+ communities, about all the fun they have playing tennis and lazing around the pool and how much they enjoy their independent lives of relaxation. But, what exactly are 55+ communities, and how do active adults select the right community?

Choosing the Perfect Retirement Home

Choosing the Perfect Retirement Home

Making the Decision of Attached or Detached Retirement Homes

Active adults in the midst of downsizing and considering a move to a retirement home have the choice of attached or detached homes. This can be a bit of a challenging decision as there are various pros and cons to attached and detached homes. If you are in a bind trying to figure out which type of home to move into, here are a few advantages and disadvantages of both types of homes.

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Focus on Massachusetts

Relocating to a new state can be hard.  This is even more challenging; if your familiarity levels of the State you are moving to is at a low level.  While what is unknown and awaiting can certainly add to the excitement, you still need to know as much as possible about the place you plan to relocate.  After all, you are shifting base – probably for good and need to be happy with the environment, climate and what you can do while you live there.  Many active seniors find themselves in a predicament when it comes to educating themselves about the state they plan to move to.  While friends and relatives may give you some info, we too thought of being helpful in this regard. So, if you are considering a move to Massachusetts, here are some useful insights to this awesome State.

Maintenance Free Communities for 55plus active adult retirees & seniors

Why Do Many Baby Boomers Consider Maintenance-Free Living?

The American Dream is no longer home with a white picket fence, a yard, 2.5 kids and a golden retriever.  Things have changed dramatically in the last decade or so.  Now, more and more Americans are considering a home where there is no lawn to be mowed, fence to be painted and no walking the dog or shuttling kids to school.  Dog walkers and car-poolers may solve the last two problems, but not others.  This is because most Americans do not have the time for or the inclination to take on these tasks anymore.  Active lifestyles of empty nesters, baby boomers and seniors make them want to get the best out of their free time and maintaining gardens and homes is certainly not a fun-filled task! This is especially so if you are in the 55+ age group where home maintenance is certainly more of a chore than a joy. We find many baby boomers considering low maintenance or maintenance-free homes when moving into active adult communities for those very valid reasons.

Best Places to Retire

What are Some of the Best Places to Retire?

When you reach retirement age, you may worry about where you should retire to.  These places should be safe with a very low crime rate, should have low taxes, low cost of living, reasonably priced homes with opportunities to stay active, plus have quality health care and good weather etc.  There are a number of states that provide you all of the above and more.  According to Forbes Magazine’s June issue of 2012, there are many places that are suitable for retiring.  Below are some of the best states to retire to.

New Mexico is not only Forbes’ best places to retire; it is also vouched for by us.  This is a state that has many things to offer a retiree.  It is an enchanted state with breathtaking sunsets and fabulous, delicious cuisine. With a low 4.9% income tax rate, fantastic weather, cultural diversity, low crime rate, and high-quality medical care, New Mexico is rated as the Top state for retirement. If you are interested in a life of fun and frolic with many activities and amenities, you should consider a retirement community in New Mexico. One of the best retirement communities in this great state is Del Webb at Mirehaven in Albuquerque. This gated community offers you high desert views, mountain trails and plenty of open space to make the most of your days. Homes are affordable, priced at mid $200’s and you can enjoy your day just relaxing by the pool in the 10,000+ sq. ft. clubhouse.  Life is easy, fun and exciting in New Mexico making it an ideal place to retire.

Are You a Senior Seeking a Job After Retirement?

When Time is at Hand After Retirement, How do You Find another Job?

Retirement may be all exciting in its early stages. However, it can get boring when you have nothing but time on your hands. This may prompt the thought of returning to work, at least on a part-time basis. Are you seeking re-entrance to the workforce, now that you have thoroughly enjoyed some time in retirement? If so, there are a few factors that you should consider before applying for a job.

How to Spend 2 Days in Plymouth

Spiced cider, burnished piles of fallen leaves, if you’re craving all the autumn vibes but only have time for a weekend getaway, book a trip to Plymouth Massachusetts. Immortalized as the place where the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620 began a tradition that graces our tables every 4th  Thursday of November, it makes for the quintessential fall destination. Located 40 miles from  Boston, Plymouth packs centuries of rich history, revered monuments, and modern attractions into a modest 134 square miles.

You know those storybook 18th-century buildings with the quaint shutters and intoxicating scents of espresso and baked goods wafting from their doors? This kind of ambient sustenance is exactly what Plymouth is known for. From a morning cup of freshly brewed perfection and a  cinnamon roll from Blue Blinds Bakery to a decadent sandwich to go from the Jolly Bean Cafe,  this beautiful little town knows how to nourish a full weekend of sightseeing.

One could easily spend a week in Plymouth and not have a chance to delve into everything it has to offer, so to get the most out of this storied charmer, taking a walking tour is the perfect way to go. From the Spirit of Plymouth Walking Tour paying tribute to the early Pilgrims,  including the Plymouth Rock Monument, exploring downtown, and hallowed Revolutionary  War landmarks, to Jenny Museum’s Discover Plymouth’s History walking tour where you’ll be  immersed in the history of the Forefathers Monument, a stunning depiction of our forefather’s  brave pilgrimage to shore.

What is is more Autumnal than being knee deep in cranberries? If you’re lucky enough to be here in October, nearby Wareham pays homage to these tart little rubies with a harvest celebration of music, activities, food demos and the chance to get a glimpse into how this jeweled fruit goes from bog to table. Even if you miss the festivities the A.D Makepeace  Company offers guided tours of the harvest process, along with specialty shops for those essential souvenirs, cozy restaurants, and if you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, you can even rent a kayak.

After you’ve visited the recreated Mayflower II, and strolled Plymouth’s boat studded waterfront, it’s time to head downtown. This town elicits the charming feel of a New England seaside village with maritime treasures like Water Street with its irresistible Cape Cod architecture, quaint boutiques, and cafes, and The Village Landing Marketplace boasting cozy eateries and local shops tucked beneath brightly colored awnings and storybook storefronts. Cap off your day on Main Street at the Main Street Bar & Grill or WaterFire Tavern, but don’t forget to stop at Cupcake Charlie’s for a dozen pillowy clouds of frosted heaven to take back home with you – and maybe share.

 

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Why Boston is “America’s Walking City”

Boston has a historic landmark around every corner, a population of die-hard sports fans, and even a state dessert, but what really sets Bostonians apart is their healthy outlook. With parks, attractions, and businesses so close together, Boston makes it easy to get around on foot hence its reputation as “The Walking City.” Named one of the top 10 fittest cities in the country by the American Fitness Index, and ranked #3 on the Forbes healthiest cities list, it’s obvious that Boston’s population loves to move, and with all the outdoor beauty it has to offer, getting out for some exercise doesn’t take much persuasion.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Boston had one of the highest numbers of commuters heading to the office on foot versus getting behind the wheel. Boston is relatively compact with so many hidden gems to explore that walking or biking is the recommended mode of transportation. The city’s famous historic walking tours from the iconic Freedom Trail, and postcard-worthy Beacon Hill tour, to the Road to Revolution, are essential to any Boston experience and combine fresh air and exercise with an intriguing glimpse into Boston’s rich heritage