Day: January 19, 2014

The Final Frontier

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Forbes came out with an article on the top 15 countries to retire in this year and it included one that I’ve set my sights on for quite some time–Malaysia.  Unfortunately (and fortunately), hubby and I have a long way to go before retirement but if there is ever an opportunity for us to visit the country (for fun or work), we would jump at the chance.

Fantasizing about retirement isn’t all fun and games.  It also forces you to consider more serious matters such as finance, healthcare, and lifestyle.  It’s widely known that retiring in a developing country (especially one that is non-US dollar based) stretches your pocketbook.  That’s an easy one.  In terms of healthcare, that requires a bit more due diligence.  According to International Living, Malaysia is one of the top destinations for retiree healthcare.  And, in terms of lifestyle, it’s attractive to me because it offers a variety of choices in terms of food, shopping, sightseeing, and other activities.  In a nutshell, it offers the holy trinity of the best retirement destinations:

(1)  Choice of city or country living–City-living means having access to state-of-the-art medical facilities, shopping that is on par with that of developed countries, variety of culinary cuisines as diverse as most major cities in the world, and cultural institutions such as theaters, museums, and concert halls.  The beauty of living in a country like Malaysia (so I’ve read and been told) is that you have the best of both worlds.  In addition to having the choice of living in a sprawling city, you may also choose to live in a rural village or quiet corner by the beach.  Serenity at its best.

(2)  Stretching your dollar–Again, this part is widely known.  One of the primary goals of searching for the perfect retirement destination is to find a place where you can live like a king without spending like one.

(3)  Sunny daysStudies have shown that low barometric pressure can adversely affect our bodies (joints, sinuses, etc.).  Because of this, it’s not surprising that many retirement homes are located in warm and tropical locations.

And, as countries like Malaysia get more expats as residents, we’ll see that great minds do, indeed, think alike  :).

Sex Ed 2.0

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According to an article in the New York Times, single seniors in retirement communities are having an unprecedented amount of sex and that “retirement communities and assisted living facilities are becoming like college campuses.”  The problem lies not in the fact that these seniors are having sex but in the fact that STDs are on the rise within these communities as many who engage in sexual activity do not use protection.

Because of this, there should be classes and/or seminars in assisted living and retirement communities informing seniors of the dangers of unprotected sex.  In addition, families of seniors should also be a part of the conversation and help create awareness in their communities.  The term “safe sex” takes on a whole new meaning in this realm as STDs are not the only major concerns at this age.  Other concerns include physical safety with regard to various sexual positions.  In a nutshell, there needs to be more in-depth programs to address the overall well-being of seniors in retirement and assisted living facilities which include sex education.