My goal this month was to give readers some things to consider before relocating, based on my recent retirement and move from Southern Michigan to Central Florida. However, as I started doing some research, I realize I am in the minority. In a recent AARP survey, it was revealed that nine out of 10 people over 60 will live in the same county when they retire. So, for that tenth person, here are some of the things that I have found .

 1. Friends and Family- 34% of the people surveyed wouldn’t move because they want to stay close to their family and friends. This was definitely the most difficult part of the move for me. I would advise making a plan that includes frequent visits to family and friends and mandatory visits to you. We had a long-standing tradition of celebrating New Yearâ€Ã‹Ås Eve with our dearest friends. We still do, but now they fly down to Florida and greet the new year in a warmer climate. We head north for a few weeks each summer to visit friends and continue the tradition of attending a Summer Art Fair. The other thing I have learned is that you meet great people wherever you are. We have met many people in our new location that we really enjoy doing things with.

2. Weather- One of the driving factors in our relocation decision was the weather. The Michigan winters were no longer fun. Skiing just wasn’t the same as it had been when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Let’s face it, as you get older, you want to enjoy every minute and staying inside hibernating during the winter just wasn’t appealing.

3. Movies, Shopping, Culture- As weird as it may sound, culture can play a major role in how you feel about a place. I moved from an area that was considered a cultural center with foreign and art films to an area that well, wasn’t. As more and more people move to Central Florida, I see that changing. As is shopping. I like unique shops and shopping is fun. Certainly something to consider before moving.

4. Healthcare- Let’s face it, if you are thinking about retirement, you are getting older. Your health is your greatest asset that will allow you to make the best of any situation. However, you need to really check on the availability of doctors and the quality of care before relocating.

5. Flexibility- You know your personality and that of your spouse. Or do you? Nothing will test it like a move in later life. It takes a lot of moxie to pull up stakes and go on an adventure. It can be rewarding, but it is something that you want to think about carefully before you proceed. Maybe there is a reason that only one in 10 take the plunge.

Alane CunninghamLifestyle for Contemporary RetirementMy goal this month was to give readers some things to consider before relocating, based on my recent retirement and move from Southern Michigan to Central Florida. However, as I started doing some research, I realize I am in the minority. In a recent AARP survey, it was revealed...Parenting Advice and Family Fun Activities