Next Avenue: How do we find the right place to retire? Here’s a guide for couples.

by | Oct 10, 2023 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from It’s a knotty question for many couples in, or near, retirement: Where should we live? I recently saw this play out in the virtual Right Place Workshop that “Right Place Right Time” author Ryan Frederick conducted for eight people in their 60s and 70s.

Most were married (though just one member of each couple participated), talking candidly about their difficulties figuring out whether to stay in their homes, relocate locally or make a more radical geographic move.‘Somewhere’ or ‘anywhere’? Each person also completed Frederick’s Right Place Assessment Form to see how well their home and community might fit them in the future and a Right Plan Canvas exercise to assess residential desires and constraints. The Canvas would help them, and any partners, see if they were “Somewhere” people (preferring one location) or “Anywhere” people (open to alternatives). Frederick had the workshop attendees watch a video on design thinking, too, showing the usefulness of testing out ideas before making big decisions. After the four-session discussions ended, Frederick — the Austin, Texas-based CEO of the housing and aging consultancy Here—created a Right Place Plan for each.Deciding where to live Based on what I heard from the participants and my follow-up interviews with two of them, they and their partners now have a clearer idea of how to make the right right-place decision for them. “Putting these plans together spoke to me abo …

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