Slowing down a bit and contemplating retirement can be catalysts for lifestyle changes that allow more freedom and increased opportunities for travel. And a good beach is the latest popular destination for today’s active seniors. Fodor's Travel has released its list of Best Beaches for 2014, and it might also be termed an exciting chapter in a guide to retirement living for today's elder citizens.
Far-flung destinations provide just the right mix of adventure, luxury and beauty to satisfy even the most demanding tourist. It matters not if you are interested in playing on and in the water or if you'd rather just look at it. Take your pick of the natural attractions of Belize, opt for the classic charms of Corsica in the Med as a treat following a European tour or head for trendy Hvar in Croatia if you prefer sailing and shopping over sitting.
Also popular are outlying Brazilian beaches for seniors who tire of the constant spectacle of Rio's Copacabana. You could also indulge in the unspoiled remoteness of French Polynesia on the island once used as an escape by Marlon Brando. On the serene scale, little can compare with Koi Samui, Thailand.
The world may be shrinking fast, but there are still enough choices left to capture the imagination of inveterate travelers. But not all beaches are foreign and far-away. If the New Jersey shore or Southern California's San Diego beckon, know that they also made the list of top beaches.
Because today's senior population knows that living well means staying active and staying interested, senior travelers have no qualms about booking trips to faraway places.
Modern travel makes getting there, wherever "there" may be, relatively easy. The variety of excellent accommodations available across the globe means that most special needs— whether they involve diet, mobility or medications— can be easily handled. Modern communication "connectedness" eliminates the need for extensive preparation.
It All Takes Planning
It is increasingly evident that aging Americans are changing the face of society. The US Administration on Aging statistics report that in 2010, Americans over 65 represented approximately 12.9 percent of the population. By 2030, that percentage is expected to increase to approximately 19 percent— with a total of just over 72 million individuals age 65 or older.
But enjoying your retirement years still requires planning, however. So it is important that your future travel plans be part of an overall scheme that includes financial provisions, living facilities, care considerations, contingency plans in case of unexpected illness or medical concerns and the understanding of family members.
How to Plan Ahead
In preparing a realistic guide to retirement living, you should consider not only your plans for future travel, but also the ability to continue the lifestyle you enjoy in your home and in your hometown.
Remaining active and involved with the people, places, organizations and interests that have been a large part of your working years will add to your enjoyment of retirement. Retirement should not be an abrupt change, but rather a transition to a more carefree and relaxed routine that will, ideally, continue for many years.
Cincinnati residents have exemplary options in terms of medical care and retirement living choices.
It is easy to plan for and enjoy good health, community familiarity, social and cultural stability and the support network of long-time friends. If you have questions about local options for senior communities and eldercare services, we at ERH would be delighted to assist you in your preparation of a personal guide to retirement living.
In the meantime, maybe just dream a little about those beaches!