3 years ago
So your considering retiring to a rural retirement community.
You have considered leaving the city to enjoy retirement in a small town. As you enjoyed past cottage vacations in the hours away from the city, you always felt that life would be better there. You relish in the slower pace and laid-back lifestyle. As you travel through those small towns that you would miss if you blinked you are taken back by the overwhelming friendliness of the locals. As you move further and further from the city you feel the stress leave your body and when you arrive at your destination find that you sleep sounder and easier. You’ve reached retirement age and love the idea of getting out of the city and settling into a community where you know your doctor as a friend and tradespeople as neighbors, where you are greeted with a smile and warm “Hello” when you pass strangers on the street.
The allure of the small town is compounded by a growing disenchantment with Canada’s large major cities. Many cities are now riddled with high crime, rampant drug use, racial tension, increasing costs of living and deteriorating infrastructures.
How do you choose a location
You’ve decided you want to retire in a rural town but aren’t sure where. The first thing your going to want to do is assess your personal needs and then focus on a particular geographical area. Once you identify these two things you can start evaluating a few towns and narrowing it down to a few choices. Then finally you need to conduct in-depth, on-site research, carefully studying the communities before making your decision. Maybe you will get lucky that you are already familiar with your preferred town because you used to cottage with the family there, or grew up/lived there at some point in your life.
Many retirees are searching for something extra — a place where they can make connections and a difference. To them, a small town seems like the idyllic retirement setting after years of hustling and bustling in the cities and suburbs. You need to have an attitude that you are going to invest time and effort in the community.”
In rural communities, people may notice a new awning on your house or whether you left 15 minutes early that day, or whether your cat was wandering down the street. “If you ever wanted to be useful or needed, a small town is the place for you,” says Levering co-author of Moving to a Small Town: A Guidebook to Moving From Urban to Rural America. “There is often a bit of social pressure to become involved, and if you are not, you tend to feel what people are thinking about you.”
There are important questions you need to ask yourself before you pull up you roots and relocate to a brand new location. Are there civic clubs and cultural amenities? Is there a church you can join? Are the medical facilities good? “You want to figure out what you are going to do in that small town, and what is going to make life interesting for you.
Consider naturally occurring retirement communities
One such rural town is South Bruce Peninsula which is considered a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC). Enjoy small town community living among beautiful landscapes and breath-taking waterfront views in Bruce County.
Residents of South Bruce Peninsula 65 years old and over comprise 30.5% of the total population, while the average for Ontario is 16.7%. Retiring in one of these rural towns means you can be active, get involved in the local community and are close enough to urban areas when you need them.
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3 years ago
Summary: Wiarton Retirement Residence has opened a new retirement residence with an aim of alleviating retirement residence crisis in Ontario.
Canada, like many other Western countries, is grappling with the issue of a rapidly growing older adults’ population. Statistics Canada project that the number of seniors in Canada is expected to be higher than that of children below fourteen years by the year 2021, with the number rising to ten million by the year 2036. In a Senior Housing Survey that was conducted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Ontario has a total of 62,633 senior homes, an increment of 2.4 percent from last year’s figure. Analysts are of the opinion that the increment is not good enough. There is a great shortage of homes for older adults, with a prediction that the problem may escalate if no tangible action is taken. In its analysis of the Canadian Senior Housing Dilemma, the DBRS report indicated that housing is a national crisis affecting all Canadians regardless of age, but seniors experience greater problems since they tend to have specific housing needs. CHMC 2019 report observed that prices for senior care facilities are increasing in almost every province, a development which is attributed to the growing demand for senior care communities.
3 years ago
“The Biggest Little Fair In the North”
The Wiarton and District Fall Fair celebrated their 151st this year, a place to celebrate and preserve the local agricultural heritage. The fair is a time to reflect on all the local agriculture accomplishments and learnings in the season. It is an opportunity to celebrate another year of hard work and to show the next generation what it takes to feed our world. The Wiarton Fall Fair continues to engage the local community and make this a fun educational event that shares experiences and information about agriculture and rural lifestyles.
This year’s theme was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose in our Rural Environment”.
4 years ago
The type of life you or your loved one have after retirement will be as unique as the life you had beforehand. For some of us, it is going to be a relatively simple choice to make, but others may not have that luxury for a number of reasons. For some, it could be a choice that isn’t necessarily voluntary, and this can mean navigating a variety of complex emotions as well as making large life changes. For others, it simply means how can we best transition to the next stage of life. Whatever the case may be, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are making the right choices for yourself or your loved ones when considering retirement communities in Ontario.
1. Get everyone on board.
You’re going to need to consult with all of the important people in your life about what is coming. That could mean your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren, or whatever sort of family set up that may be. Prepare them for the transition that’s about to happen. It will also be necessary to get your place of employment on board as well. Making sure that everyone who has had a stake or say in your life is kept in on the loop and is okay with the decisions you’re making.
2. Consider all your options.
What can you realistically afford? What are you wanting to take with you? How active are you planning to be or where are you planning to travel? How capable are you of accomplishing things alone, will independent senior living be sufficient or do you need to consider assisted living or Long Term Care? These are all big considerations that you will need to make. The big consideration to make is what is best for you, your wants and your needs. After all, you are considering the rest of your own life.
3. After looking at your options, make a wish list.
When you have a clear scope of what fits the realistic capabilities you have, start looking at the options that best fit your lifestyle and needs. Make a list of the places and make an effort to get to know them as well as you possibly can. If it is an option, go and visit. Arrange a tour, and ask the management and staff questions. Use the information you gather to narrow down your list to what will be the perfect fit for you.
Once you’ve done all your research, talked it over with you and your stakeholders, you can move forward with making a confident decision. You’ll feel better walking into a scenario that you tailored to yourself.