Could a ‘second wind’ see you moving to the city centre?

by Bonnie

As we near retirement age, we still want to retain our social life and standard of living but have perhaps got fed up of living in the suburbs and long for the buzz and excitement of the city centre.



As we near retirement age, we still want to retain our social life and standard of living but have perhaps got fed up of living in the suburbs and long for the buzz and excitement of the city centre.

Online entrepreneur Ceri Wheeldon notes that many over-60s don't need their big house and garden anymore and might prefer to have access to places of interest without the long commute.

"To take advantage, now that you have time on your hands, to go to the theatre, restaurants and exhibitions, which is obviously a nice thing to do if you have it on your doorstep," she gave as just one reason to move to the livelier parts of town.

"The thing is that you have to stop thinking of [mature] people as being old, they are still very young – they could have another 50 years to live. It is almost like a second wind to start to do the things that you wanted to do but perhaps didn't have the opportunity to do because of other commitments. I think it is your time for you and you can define what you want to do that suits your own lifestyle as opposed to your responsibilities for other people."

Moving to the centre of town could also have the added benefit of attracting our older grandchildren, who perhaps were a bit bored of having to visit us out in the sticks.

However, Ms Wheeldon explains that not everyone will feel the same way about such a big upheaval in their late 50s or 60s.

"People who move to the city are doing it for a lifestyle choice and would rather have their free time spent doing something they enjoy, but not all people will want to do this and it is not a decision that will be taken lightly," she adds.

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