When planning a move, keep in mind the proximity to your doctor and other health care providers when deciding on a location. You may not always be able to drive yourself, so look for public transportation or access to community-based transportation services. You’ll need to be able to get to doctors, dentists, pharmacies, labs, hospitals and other places without traveling long distances.
You should also consider the location of grocery stores, churches, libraries, recreational facilities and other community services you’ll need. This is especially important if you are moving to a new area away from friends and familiar places. Look for local groups that can help you to feel at home, such as church groups, senior centers or non-profit organizations that offer assistance and services to older adults.
No matter the reason for moving, keep in mind that this is not an easy process. Moving to a new home can affect you in unexpected ways, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Life coaches, counselors or elder advocates can help you with the decision and emotional aspects. Then you can make the next step in your life with joy, dignity and a good outlook for the future.