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Having children or grandchildren who live in distant cities can be a nearly constant tug on your heartstrings – but should it tug you physically when you consider retirement? When it’s time to plan their next chapter, some move across the country to retire close to family, but it’s not a decision that suits everyone.

The advantages of retiring close to the family are obvious. You’ll be on hand to witness grandkids’ milestones firsthand and enjoy the built-in support system that comes with living in proximity of family. It’s easy to get caught up in emotional decisions, but a major move has a lot of more practical implications you’ll need to consider before hiring movers.

  • Prioritizing One Child? If your children have scattered to different cities, moving to be near one comes at the expense of not being near others. This may make sense for some situations, but may also make other children feel neglected.
  • Set Expectations: Even if you move great distances to be closer to your kids and grandchildren, you’ll still want a life of your own – and vice versa for your kids’ family. Your vision of the grandparent/independent adult balance may be significantly different than your kids’. Determine how much help with babysitting, transportation and running errands you’re able to provide while still keeping your independence.
  • Social Ramifications: A major move puts you closer to your family, but moves you farther from the life you built for yourself. Are you ready to cut ties with the friends and communities you built in your current city?
  • Location, Location, Location: Your family is an enormous part of your life, but it’s not the only piece of it. Moving to a region that doesn’t fit your personal climate, cultural or recreational needs may set you up for an unhappy retirement.
  • Destination Grandparents: Some grandparents enjoy being the “destination getaway” for their families. When children and grandchildren look forward to visits, it makes sporadic visits seem extra special.
  • Following Your Kids? If you move to be close to your child’s family, what happens if a career opportunity takes them elsewhere? Are you willing to follow them and move again? Will guilt about leaving you after your move keep your kids from accepting a career opportunity?
  • Economic Impacts: A long-distance move is a large expense, and relocating to areas that are more expensive may have outsized impacts on your retirement budget.

Life at 55 Resort Apartments

Whether you’re moving to Northern Colorado to retire close to family or are planning on maintaining your role as destination grandparents, 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley suits your lifestyle.

  • Activity Central: Kids and grandkids won’t mind paying you a visit with all the entertainment options our on-site amenities provide. Watch Frozen, Star Wars or the big game in our theater room, spend a day splashing in our pool or spread out in our activities room with all the space you need for craft projects or games.
  • Travel, Made Easy: Heading out to visit the grandkids? Don’t worry about your home. With staff on hand for security and to accept mail and packages, residents enjoy a true lock’n’leave lifestyle.
  • Guest Bedrooms … Or Not: Downsizing doesn’t mean abandoning hospitality. Two-bedroom floor plans give you space to comfortably entertain houseguests, and single-bedroom options make it affordable to frequently visit others.

Ready to see what 55 Resort Apartments brings to independent adult living? Schedule a time to visit us and meet the community. Call 833-LEASE-55 (833-532-7355) to schedule your appointment or visit our Contact page to email us.

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