Retirement Planning and Living

Readying yourself for retirement can be a trying process. Start early, gain insight from family and friends, and look for a place where you can enjoy your golden years. Use these tips from local experts to make a plan and start your journey.


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Kahala Nui programs are designed for active lifestyles.

photo: courtesy kahala nui

#6 Finding Home Close to Home

Look for a community where you can assimilate and feel at home. Being close to family or even in your own neighborhood can help ease the transition into your new residence and lifestyle. “Because our homes offer a neighborhood setting and only take eight residents, we provide an intimate environment and a real family dynamic for our residents,” says Paul M. Dold, President of Manoa Senior Care. “Our nurses and nurse assistants know each resident down to how they take their coffee. Our tight-knit living environment allows us to keep our residents and their families happy and comfortable. Plus, our convenient locations mean that families and friends often live near-by and can visit frequently and easily.”
 


15 Craigside offers a wide range of ways to enjoy fitness.

photo: courtesy 15 Craigside

#7 Preparation is Key

Prepare all facets of your life for your new journey. Downsize your belongings by making donations, gifting them to friends and loved ones, or selling them. Ready yourself for this change by making arrangements while you are still healthy and in control. Think about both the personal and practical adjustments you may need to make to ease into your new community. “The way to prepare is to take action before you lose the ability to control your future,” says Suzie Schulberg, Chief Operating Officer at 15 Craigside and The Arcadia Family of Companies. “Surprisingly, many people fail to do this, which can limit options.”
 

#8 Ask Around and Stop By

Ask physicians, friends and neighbors for opinions and recommendations on senior care facilities. Senior service providers at 15 Craigside and Arcadia also facilitate adult day programs all over the Island—stop in for a day to experience an hour or two of the staff and activities for yourself. “Our residents experience more social interaction, activities, excursions and really just freedom to do things every day,” says Schulberg. “This is what keeps them happy, healthy and engaged. Everyone wants to see their loved ones happy and leading meaningful lives. Our residents and their families will tell you this a good way to ensure that.”

 

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