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Most lists of top retirement destinations focus on medium to large cities. For LGBT baby boomers, as well as many others who prefer places with diverse populations with thriving arts and culture scenes, larger cities usually have the most to offer. Larger cities also provide more options for medical care and senior support services.

But if you prefer the more relaxed pace of small town living but still hope to find an inclusive and welcoming community with a fun, artsy ambiance, you’re in luck. Here are five small, affordable, LGBT-friendly towns with big personalities that are worth your consideration as retirement destinations.

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When it comes to selecting a highly desirable retirement destination, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people have a few additional criteria to consider than do most Americans. In addition to considerations such as low cost of living and low taxes, LGBT people tend to value cities with strong LGBT communities, higher levels of acceptance and the presence of non-discrimination laws.

Cities that are most famous for their prominent LGBT communities, such as New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, are also very expensive. LGBT baby boomers who want to stretch their retirement dollars farther would do well to consider these cities that offer lower cost of living, cheaper real estate and lighter tax burden, but still have thriving LGBT communities. These cities are excellent retirement choices for non-LGBT people as well, because cities where LGBT people enjoy greater acceptance tend to be more welcoming of all types of diverse people and offer plentiful art and cultural amenities.

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Many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) elders report serious concerns about aging and retirement, according to the nonprofit group Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

For years, LGBT retirees have suffered indignities during their final years. For example, same-sex partners have been denied the opportunity to share the same room, staff members who personally object to homosexuality have treated LGBT elders insensitively, and finances and benefits normally given to heterosexual partners have been withheld from surviving same-sex partners. The loneliness and isolation that can accompany aging is often compounded by discrimination and the fact the LGBT people are less likely to have children and may be ostracized by their families. Many seniors have to go back into the closet when they entered the senior care system.

While the situation has improved in recent years, there is still a great unrealized demand for supportive retirement communities for LGBT people. Here are the LGBT-focused retirement homes and communities that are currently operating in the United States.

...continue reading "21 Retirement Communities for LGBT Seniors"

As you envision and plan what your retirement is going to be like, no doubt you have searched for all kinds of information on the internet. There’s a lot out there – so much, in fact, that it easily gets mind-boggling. It’s hard to keep track of it all.

During the two and a half years that I’ve been writing for Retire Fabulously! (has it really been that long?), I have developed quite a bookmark list.

While most of these websites have some merit, I have identified the “cream of the crop” – those websites that contain the most valuable, reliable, and comprehensive information that I refer to time and time again.

I have collected the best of the retirement lifestyle planning resources on the internet and combined them all into one definitive document, and I would like to share them with you.

I’m pleased to announce the release of my new guide, The Ultimate Retirement Resource Guide.

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I’m really happy with it. I think it truly represents the best of the internet when it comes to retirement planning resources.

Here are just some of the great resources you’ll find in the guide:

  • Information about every city in the U.S. and Canada and many cities around the globe, such as cost of living, safety, climate, economy, government, and more
  • Information about traveling and relocating overseas
  • Resources for discovering a meaningful life and lifelong learning
  • The best retirement lifestyle books
  • A special section for LGBT resources

I’m confident that you’ll find The Ultimate Retirement Resource Guide to be incredibly useful. If you do, please tell your friends to visit RetireFabulously.com and subscribe, so that they can benefit from the guide, too.

To get your free copy, just enter your name and email address below. You'll also receive a notification every time I add a new article to this website.

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When it comes to choosing a place to live during retirement, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people want the same things that everyone else wants – someplace safe, reasonably priced, agreeable climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and good healthcare.

LGBT people, however, have a few additional factors to consider. Those include: how tolerant an area is, the presence of a gay community, and healthcare providers that are welcoming towards LGBT people. Sadly, instances in which LGBT patients are treated poorly and same-sex partners are denied visitation rights or decision-making rights in hospitals and nursing homes are still all too common.

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Austin is one of ten great places to retire

How can straight people benefit from a list of LGBT-friendly retirement cities?

First, most of the criteria used to select these cities are the same ones that are important to most retirees.

Second, a city’s acceptance of its LGBT citizens is a good indicator of how accepting it will be for people of all diverse demographics, such as ethnic minorities or religious minorities. Areas with rich diversity tend to offer more culinary choices and broader cultural offerings than areas with more homogenous populations.

I recently had the honor of contributing a guest post on this topic to TopRetirements. TopRetirements.com is the place to go for information about retirement communities throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world. Their wealth of collected information comes both from data and from their readers' real-life experiences. I have learned a lot simply by reading the comment threads to many of the site's articles.

Jump on over to this article on TopRetirements to discover ten great places for LGBT people - and everyone - to retire, and learn what makes them good choices.

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Where do you ultimately want to live during the active, independent years of your retirement?

Aside from choosing a city, state, and country that best suits your needs, there’s another dimension to this question.

Friendship Village

Do you want to live in a senior community or stay in the community at large? 

...continue reading "Is There a Seniors-only Active Retirement Community in Your Future?"

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For many years, Spain has enjoyed a reputation as a fantastic vacation destination. It’s warm climate, sunny Mediterranean beaches, history, art, and culture, as well as its friendly, easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, have delighted travelers for years.

More recently, Spain has emerged as a top-tier retirement choice. Let’s look at why.

The Weather

If warm weather is your preference, you’ll find most of Spain to your liking, especially along the Mediterranean coast.

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All along the Mediterranean coast, summers are hot but not oppressive. Malaga (a coastal city in the south) records average highs of 30oC (86oF) in summer. Temperatures rarely dip below freezing in Barcelona (at the north end of the coast), coastal cities farther south never experience freezing temperatures, and it never snows. ...continue reading "Fabulous Places to Retire: Spain"

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[Editor's Note: An updated version of this article appears here.]

You are probably aware that the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) is now reaching the ages of 50-68, which means that we’re entering an era in which a lot of people are and will be retiring. According to Serena Worthington of the nonprofit Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), there are currently between 1.75 million and 4 million gays and lesbians over age 65. By 2030 that number is expected to nearly double.

Given these statistics, it seems reasonable to assume that there could be a boom in the need for LGBT retirement community options. Over the past ten years, many projects have started, but most never made it out of the planning stages. The recession and real estate bust that occurred in the late 2000s scuttled some projects. But the question still remains: how big is the need for LGBT-focused retirement communities, now and in the future?

When I polled readers of this blog in August, 2013, 30% of the respondents said they would seriously consider living in an LGBT retirement community, and 50% said they might consider it if the community was located in the area they were planning to move to anyway.

...continue reading "LGBT Retirement Communities – Unrealized Potential vs. Unclear Demand"