Many older adults dream of living at their own pace during retirement. They imagine enjoying long walks, star-filled evenings and the cozy warmth of a quiet neighborhood. Despite this, some are held back by the fear of being “cut off” from the rest of the world. They don’t want to feel distanced from friends and family, or lose access to the comforts and services that a larger city provides. Many don’t realize, however, that small town life has changed and evolved. Living in a small town is much different than it was 10, or even five, years ago. If you’re dreaming of small-town living but not sure if it’s the right fit for you, here are three ways that modern small town retirement provides the best of both worlds.
Contrary to what some older adults believe, living in a small, rural area does not mean being isolated from those you love. Many small towns (such as Dowling Park) are conveniently located near airports for easy travel. That means easy access for traveling during retirement, if you desire, or having family members visit your little corner on the world. With nearby airports, ride share services and public transportation, your next destination is always in reach.
Advent Christian Village even has on-site cabins, so visiting family members have a convenient place to stay right on our campus. Prepare for the possibility of a long visit, though – after experiencing life on the picturesque Suwannee River, they may never want to leave.
Are you someone who’s not quite ready to completely give up work during retirement? Whether you want a full-time job or the space to focus on a passion project, you have options with small-town retirement. Thanks to the increased popularity of working remotely, you can have a career right from your kitchen table. All you need is a basic laptop and a connection to Wi-Fi. You can work a corporate job from home, freelance or even write a novel from the comfort of a quiet neighborhood. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with available technology.
Not interested in working during your retirement years? It’s also incredibly easy to video chat with your grandchildren or participate in a virtual book club.
Finally, moving to a small town doesn’t mean giving up all the comforts of a big city. Thanks to online retailers and fast delivery services, very little is out of reach. You can have items delivered to your house in a matter of days, just like you would in a metropolitan area. Whether you want a newly released book, new kitchen appliances, car parts or craft supplies, you can get just about anything delivered right to your door. A new outfit for an outdoor orchestra concert? That new meal kit you’ve been wanting to try out? It’s all available at the click of a button, and with incredibly fast shipping.
If you’re looking to find peace and tranquility during your retirement years, it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice excitement. Advent Christian Village is a faith-based community built on small-town values. Here, you can create your own lifestyle through a wide range of choices for housing and care while exploring opportunities to learn, serve and play. You’ll experience a community where neighbors truly care for one another, and you can age with meaning and purpose.
We’re proud to bring together all the best parts of small-town living without sacrificing the opportunities of a larger community. You can keep up with the trends and stay connected with your family, all while enjoying the idyllic retirement you’ve always dreamed about.
Want to experience a new kind of retirement for yourself? Call today to schedule a tour.