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What Next?

Approaching the later years in life

What do you want to do for the rest of your life? Some of us will be fortunate enough to plan what we do in a leisurely way, others will be pushed into planning, perhaps because of a crisis that occurs. Either way, the next question might be . . . What are my options?

How about?

  • Stay right where I am in my home and community
  • Move to be closer to family
  • Travel in a mobile home
  • Keep working in my current job
  • Go back to school and start a new career
  • Pursue other interests
  • Volunteer

For ideas and resources about community options click here

Books

Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life
by Chris Farrell http://www.chrisfarrellblog.com

Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life
by Dr. Dr. Bill Thomas
blog: http://drbillthomas.com/blog/

Communities

When I first began researching alternatives to retirement communities I was delighted to find Beth Baker’s book, With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. It was just the thing I was looking for with descriptions of villages, cohousing, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC), cooperatives, as well as multigenerational and niche communities. People are helping each other to age in place in their homes in the communities that they’ve lived in for many years or in new communities that they are creating. Have a look through the resources below and perhaps you’ll find something that resonates with you.

Articles

Communities for Life

Books

With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older
by Beth Baker

Websites

Caring

It seems that when we’re most vulnerable we have to make some of the most serious decisions of our life – oftentimes without knowing about the options available to us or the time to find out about them. In this section you’ll find information about the various levels of care, as well as resources for people living with Parkinson’s and dementia.

When we’re ill – tired, weak, in pain, confused – we rely on others to care for us. Family, friends, paid caregivers and medical professionals can all work together to help us to recover, or be comfortable when we are near the end of our lives. There’s a lot of information on the Internet for carepartners and caregivers, and I hope you’ll add the websites that you’ve found helpful in the comments section below. In addition to educating ourselves, you may find that talking with others who are dealing with the same issues, for instance in a support group, is comforting, too.

Books

The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents From the Perils of Modern Healthcare
by Marcy Cottrell Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom M.D.
This is a unique book in that each author writes from a different perspective; the daughter wrote about what she and her parents experienced as she oversaw their care in the last years of their lives, and the geriatrician provides explanations so caregivers know what to expect and practical suggestions for them to navigate the health care system and advocate for their loved ones.

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