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Old 03-16-2010, 10:02 AM   #21
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I'll be 60 this year.

My house is falling apart.

I've started looking for a retirement community: independent living, assisted living...

I don't want to go. They all look so ---middle class, suburban, perfect dead-zone lawns---

Eventually I can't stay here. How shall I live without critters, compost...?

"Hope I die before I get old..."
Haven't you heard? 60 is the new 40
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:55 AM   #22
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I have been to and worked with residents of lots of assisted living communities and the average age is more like late 70's unless someone has a serious health problem at a younger age . So Khan ask your self will being surrounded by people at least fifteen years older than you bring you down mentally and also you do not seem to like social contact so group dining could be a nightmare come true .The happiest residents at these places are usually people who like the social contact and need the security of health care near by . If you are worried about something happening and no one finding you buy one of those alarm buttons and think long and hard about making this decision .
My mom lived at a senior apt. complex. When residents arrived at the beautiful dining room, they were asked if they wanted to be seated alone or with others. I noticed serveral women opting for alone with their books.
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My house is falling apart.
I've started looking for a retirement community: independent living, assisted living...
Have you considered making a list with a general contractor and putting a price on the repairs? It might turn out to be a lot more affordable (and amenable) than a "retirement community".

You might be surprised how much longer you can live independently, especially with assistive technology and staff. You already have the housecleaner taken care of, and if you wanted more help it's not that much more of a stretch to meal/grocery delivery, visiting nurses, and transportation. It still might be cheaper than an assisted-living facility.

I think that a retirement community requires a huge commitment of both money and lifestyle, neither of which you seem particularly eager to give. However you could fight years of rearguard actions for a much smaller burn rate.

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I can't wait until Pete Townshend's great-grandchildren sing these lyrics with him...
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Have you considered making a list with a general contractor and putting a price on the repairs? It might turn out to be a lot more affordable (and amenable) than a "retirement community".

You might be surprised how much longer you can live independently
, especially with assistive technology and staff. You already have the housecleaner taken care of, and if you wanted more help it's not that much more of a stretch to meal/grocery delivery, visiting nurses, and transportation. It still might be cheaper than an assisted-living facility.

I think that a retirement community requires a huge commitment of both money and lifestyle, neither of which you seem particularly eager to give. However you could fight years of rearguard actions for a much smaller burn rate.


I can't wait until Pete Townshend's great-grandchildren sing these lyrics with him...
You may be right.

I should ask local contractors about salvaging the place.

Cheapest independent living I saw was ~$1600/month.

$20K/year might cover much rehab.
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I should ask local contractors about salvaging the place.
These go a long way toward demystifying the process:
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Have you seen the Zimmers?



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I don't want to go.
And there's your answer. As others have suggested, have repairs made to your home and enjoy it.
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Have you seen the Zimmers?
Yes, did you notice Pete sitting in with the group?

They turned down Keith Richards' audition, though, because he looked too old and was scaring some of the group's younger members.

They're my favorite classics... rockers.
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The Zimmers are great. They look like people who still feel really young and wondering what the hell happened when they look in the mirror.

Khan, I just recently turned 57 and I can't imagine being in an assisted living place at this stage of my life. I agree with some of the others, that they do look wonderful, and I could imagine living there in 15-20 years perhaps. I would think long and hard about it. You might end up enjoying being around people and become more social or you could be absolutely miserable. I have found in life, that people who think that they are going to enjoy something, usually do, and those who think that they will not enjoy it, usually don't. Keep a positive outlook!
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I work in the assisted living/independent living environment. It's definitely something I would consider for us as we age - but as others have said, the average age is usually mid 70's and up. Keep that in mind for sure. Also, you could just consider moving into an apartment, where all of the maintenance is handled for you. There are many options to consider. It's good to plan ahead, but I wouldn't move prematurely if you aren't ready emotionally for that kind of change. I think if you really sit down and think about what you want, you can find a situation that will work perfectly for you. What kind of living situation do you want, ideally?
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