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Retiring Solo

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Retiring solo, whether by choice or due to circumstances like the loss of a partner or divorce, requires careful planning and consideration. With an increasing number of individuals aged 50 and older experiencing divorce—over a quarter of those over 60 living alone—preparing for a solo retirement is more important than ever.

Staying Connected

Maintaining social connections is vital for a fulfilling solo retirement. Loneliness can affect both mental and physical health, so it’s important to:

• Join interest-based clubs, groups, or sports activities. At any age, that’s typically the best place to meet the kind of people you’ll like.

• Volunteer for causes you’re passionate about. It’s good for those you’re helping—including yourself.

• Stay connected with friends and family. In-person is usually best, and can include some travel, too. But even staying connected through social media and video calls can be fun for you and those you love.

The Right Place?

Deciding where to retire is crucial, especially for those living alone. For many, Florida is a popular choice, and if you’re already here, you’re likely to stay. Florida’s appeal isn’t just about its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and almost countless options for activities; it’s also about the support and community it offers retirees. But wherever you’re starting from, always keep these three points in mind:

• Community and Services: Look for areas with services tailored for retirees, including recreational centers, continuing education classes, and accessible healthcare facilities.

• Proximity to Family and Friends: Having a support network within reach can provide both emotional and practical benefits.

• Safety and Accessibility: Consider public transportation options, walkable neighborhoods, and communities with other single retirees.

By carefully selecting your retirement location, you can ensure that you’ll make the most of your “golden years.”

Self Care Doesn’t Have to Be Solo

While it may be uncomfortable to think about, planning for potential health care needs is a critical aspect of preparing for solo retirement. Anticipating who will assist you in case of health issues and understanding the resources available can provide peace of mind. Some strategies include:

• Investing in long-term care insurance for expenses not covered by regular health insurance.

• Establishing health directives and living wills to ensure your wishes are both known and followed as you wish.

• Building and maintaining a trusted network of friends, family, and professionals who understand your preferences and can advocate on your behalf. 

The better you take care of yourself—regardless of who’s helping you—the more you’re likely to have the health you’ll need to keep enjoying the people and things you love.

Embracing Solo Retirement 

Living solo in retirement is an opportunity to craft a life that truly reflects your interests, values, and desires. It encourages self-reliance and resilience, offering the freedom to pursue passions without compromise. Embracing this stage with preparation and positivity can lead to a richly rewarding experience.

You can explore new hobbies or skills you’ve always wanted to try. If you’ve always liked to travel, you may agree with many others who have discovered that traveling solo lets them experience the world from a unique perspective. Of course, there is always the option to choose “staycations,” and you can always invite friends and family to join you for those as well.

The Takeaway

Retiring solo offers a unique opportunity to design a life that truly aligns with your personal aspirations and values. It’s a chance to embrace independence, explore new interests, and connect with a community that supports your journey. As you plan for this new phase, remember that financial planning is essential for ensuring you have the resources needed for a long and healthy solo retirement.

By addressing key considerations like social connections, location, healthcare—and financial security—you can create a retirement experience that is not only secure but also vibrant and fulfilling.


Questions to Ask If Navigating a Solo Retirement: Ensure your retirement is not only secure, but also vibrant and fulfilling. Copyright © 2024 FMeX. All rights reserved. Distributed by Financial Media Exchange. 

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