Coastal NC

VOL14ISS1 2018

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32 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 RETIRING TO THE COAST MARIANNA B. STACY Community Outreach Educator Brightmore of Wilmington already living there; the discovery of new friends; improved health; feeling secure; less lonely and socially isolated; and change in lifestyle. The less personal control associated with a move and control over your destiny you have could result in negative outcomes that might include: anxiety; anger; a feeling of powerlessness; betrayal; increased confusion; sense of a devalued self and decreased life satisfaction. Often, these feelings occur when we don't take personal control by planning for a part of our lives that seems to be easier to just push under the rug. A study by (Rossen & Knafl, 2003) suggested that the person's perception about choice to move and preparation affects their relocation adjustment and consequently their physical, emotional, and social well-being. So, consider which is most desirable to you… letting someone else make your decisions about the part of your life you've worked to get to or waiting until you have failing health or another life incident that requires you to put a plan together quickly… or… planning ahead so you can have that retirement you've dreamed of in a little house (or retirement community) by the sea doing the things you've always wanted to do with a plan in place to make each phase of your mature years, the best possible! There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management, "Failing to plan is planning to fail," Don't let this happen to you! Get your plan together and get to the coast soon! [] Retiring to the Coast Whether you're in the thinking, planning or doing stage of relocating to a coastal area, there's so many things to look forward to and to love about living in a warmer weather climate. At any age, the advantages are endless! Aside from leaving behind high probabilities for cold temperatures, snow, sleet and/or ice, thus decreasing the chances of falls and broken bones and high heating bills, among the best things about living in a warm weather climate are the outdoor activities available for all ages. Studies show that a large majority of those living inland desire to live near the water. Population projections for Coastal North Carolina mirror that study and many of those reflected include mature adults who dream of spending their retirement years in milder climate areas like Wilmington, Southport, New Bern, etc. Their goals are to leave behind time-consuming responsibilities and try their hand with activities previously accessible to them only on a visit to the coast like surfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, Deep Sea fishing, and kayaking. The key to making these dreams come true and reaching the goal of living in retirement by the ocean is planning ahead and preparing for all the phases of retirement! The first phase of retirement planning might include downsizing and relocating to a smaller home, a patio or cluster home, or a townhouse or condominium where your responsibilities of home and/or yard maintenance might be lessened offering you the freedom to enjoy our beautiful coastal lifestyle. The second phase of retirement planning should include arranging in-home care, if needed, or a move to a retirement community such as an independent living, assisted living, or a CCRC. A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care and skilled nursing & rehabilitation, but relocation to a retirement community in the coastal region will require some exploration of your options, which can conjure up both positive and negative thoughts. One good reason to plan ahead for this second phase of retirement living relates to the degree of personal control you want to have over your destiny. The more you are in control and not someone else, the more likely you are to have positive feelings regarding the move. Positive outcomes you can look forward to include: relief from the burden of home/yard responsibilities; freedom and time to enjoy life and let others do things for you; being closer to your family; joining friends who are planning for the best outcome

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