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I thought after I retired last year that I would find myself something to do that would take me out of home and meet up with people. As we all know it is difficult to find such a thing with the pandemic all around us.My wife passed away in 2019 and I don't have much in the way of family near where I live in semi-rural Lancashire.I believe I have had an interesting life. I did many jobs when I was younger until I settled on social work and qualified for this after some non-qualified, but nevertheless interesting, work in social care. I moved over to working in adult education after a time which enabled me to travel around the north-west. I miss the journeys I used to take with my late wife. We went around the UK finding out-of-the-way places to walk, enjoy the scenery and observe the wildlife.I always find things to do as I don't like just sitting around. I have brought my garden up to the standards that my late wife always used to. I like walking (although I can't get as far as I used to) and my hobbies include photography. I don't feel lonely as such but I do miss the companionship and realise that we never make as much of this as we should.I wold like to communicate with like minded people.
Hi. I'm Ali and I'm 65.I live in Norwich but planning to move to Bristol later in the year to be closer to my only Son.I have nobody left where I am since my Dad and Step mum passed away over the past 3 years. A dear old gentleman that I cared for passed away in January this year and I finish my employment within the next couple if months, so pretty much feeling alone.I'm scared at the thought of moving but desperately need to be closer to my Son as he has health issues. I'm really looking to chat to anyone that can help me boost my confidence in taking this next step in my life.My work colleagues have tried to assure me that everything will be fine! They mean well but doesn't stop me being scared at looking for a new house to rent and all that goes with a life changing move.Any words of wisdom out there as to how I stay cool, calm and collected?
Hi everyone. I've just read some posts which were put up some time ago but are so relevant to my current situation I'm hoping someone out there can share an experience or offer some insight.I've just turned 63 and live alone. My only family is my daughter and she lives in Australia.I'm fortunate in many ways; I have a good job I enjoy, a home I love and my adorable Labrador. The downside is arthritis is making it hard to keep working full time and I'm worried that it will also stop me being able to upkeep my house, financially and maintenance.For a long time, I've dreamt of downsizing to a coastal area. But as the prospect grows closer I realise I fear losing the only connections I have in my current area. Some friends, good neighbours and several aquaintances. The saying 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' doesn't work for me with this issue. I am scared of being a stranger in a strange place and, once I've sold and left my home there's no going back. I feel so stuck!Has anyone been through this, and made the move? How did it work out for you?
Hello, I couldn't find a thread on retirement homes so started a new one....I am looking into retirement home purchase and the associated fees eg if the home is sold.My questions are;1. Have you recently purchased a retirement home and know about event fees/exit fees eg 1% needs to be paid when the property is re-sold? At what stage of the purchase were you made aware of these? Estate agents or solicitors?2. What has your experience been of buying a retirement home and especially understanding the fees?3. Were you given fee information in a clear format?4. would you prefer the fee information in written format or access it electronically5. Do you use the website Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) to find advice and information on accommodation ? Thank you RSZara
Hi everyone, I was looking at this article on Silversurfers and was wondering what your thoughts were on this? https://www.silversurfers.com/property/retirement-living/period-modern-home-right/ I've looked at the Harefield Place website and saw that it was going to be completed during Spring this year! It looks like a great investment and was also wondering who else was interested? Dave
Very new to this site. Hope everyone is safe & well! I’m 50 and and rapidly approaching retirement within the next 12 months.Anyone else find retiring stressful? Work is such a huge part of my life and while I’m grateful for such a wonderful career- it’s time for me.There is so much I want to see & do. Any tips!
Hello, I'm looking for advice and possible options. My mother and father in law are selling there house in Kent and moving to Cornwall to retire and be closer to family. We are really stuck with what they should do, mid 50's and mid 60's Do they, rent, buy, or buy a lodge/caravan on a residential site. Its such a big move and dont want to put money into something that might possibly be the wrong decision so would like some positive advice. Thanks