So you’ve planned for just about every aspect of your retirement—what kind of budget to follow, which hobbies to pursue—but what about your plans for maintaining good physical and mental health? A recent Healthgrades article (“How to Stay Healthy After Retirement,” November 2015) listed surefire ways to stay as active and alert as you were while working.
Where you choose to live can make it easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle. AARP listed the “30 Best Cities for Staying Healthy” (December 2015) for those 50 years and older, using the Livability Index created by the AARP Public Policy Institute. This tool scores U.S. neighborhoods on the services, amenities and conditions that impact how livable neighborhoods are. Here is a sample of the cities that received high marks in categories such as percentage of residents who live healthy lifestyles and doctor-to-population ratio:
Staying healthy in retirement is all about maintaining your sense of purpose and keeping that body moving. Spend your time doing things you enjoy with people you care about—a happy retiree is a healthy retiree!