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Easy New York Living in Golden Years Retirement Inns

Updated on May 24, 2013

Golden Years Retirement Inns of your dreams

This is an article about retirement in New York, boasting of such beautiful resources as The New York Botanical Gardens, with ever changing exhibits,

Life in any retirement community can begin with the golden comfort of prepared meals in a luscious dining room, maid service with linens provided, on-site managers 24 hours/day, and NYC has more than its share of these fine establishments.

Some senior retirement residences offer in-house and regional outings. Most Retirement Inns have their own busses, vans, and cars for transporting residents to area features, such as famous restaurants (well, at least locally famous), tours, water features, museums, shopping and so much much more.

My mother's Retirement Inn took her, along with other resident neighbors, fifty miles to the Whatcom County Tulip Fields - an extravagant display of acres and acres of bright blooming bulbs, complete with on-farm shops where she bought huge bouquets of ravishingly beautiful double tulips.

Retirement homes visit cultural centers, such as libraries, senior centers, university and city lectures - you name it!

Frequently, Retirements Inns have a "Doctor Day" - say on Tuesday - when their driver makes the rounds of the residents' medical providers' offices, clinics and hospitals for scheduled drop-offs and pick-ups later on.

Whether elegant high-rise or rural cottage is your choice, it is best to thoroughly examine the terms and amenities offered in any retirement inn. See a selection of fine retirement communities in New York. Find free time and let staff tend to all the chores.

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This residence reminds me of stately Georgian mansions and lavish old government buildings. Photo is of Sterling Glen of Roslyn, 100 Landing Road, Roslyn, NY 11576 Sterling Glenn

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Enrich Your New York Life With These Helpful Guides

The Best Things to Do in New York City: 1001 Ideas
The Best Things to Do in New York City: 1001 Ideas

In case you are not already familiar with The City, acquire this book and make some plans.

Not for Tourists 2008 Guide to New York City (NOT FOR TOURISTS: NEW YORK CITY)
Not for Tourists 2008 Guide to New York City (NOT FOR TOURISTS: NEW YORK CITY)

This is a fantastic resource for residents with an interest in getting more out of their city.

Frommer's New York City 2008 (Frommer's Complete Guides)
Frommer's New York City 2008 (Frommer's Complete Guides)

Everything you ever wanted to know about New York, and how and when to go there.


Fabulous Orchid Show at Bronx Botanical Gardens - make it a retirement outing - all jazzed up

New York Orchid Art

Frame a gorgeous poster print of these stunning orchids. The shot was taken at the 25th New York International Orchid Show. 24" x 32" photographic print comes in several sizes and in your choice of paper or canvas.

Make the List of the Rest of Your Life

you choose whatever you want & add it to whatever you need

It's important to Make a List of amenities that are important to you, those you prefer, and those you Can't Live Without, before making the tours of retirement centers.

1. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of water & sit down at your table or desk. Use a pen you love, and make the list in any order whatsoever. Make it a real Brainstorming session.

This is a clarification process for you. It is meant to be enjoyable, without pressure, or self-judgment. Love yourself - love your future.

Glass Mugs Clearly Hold Your Beverage - drink levels decline as your retirement list grows longer

Anchor Hocking Café Mug, Mocha, Set of 6
Anchor Hocking Café Mug, Mocha, Set of 6

I particularly like glass coffee mugs. They're like clocks, giving a visual statement of this wonderful use of time.


Use a Fresh Tablet, Notebook or Pad for List

be sure it has a pleasant aspect & that it won't get scribbled on

2. Use a favorite writing tool, and a large paper pad.

Dedicating a new spiral notebook, stationery set, quirky writing pad, or a piece of artists' drawing paper will bring the rewards of always knowing where your Retirement Home notes can be found.

Assign a certain homebase to the paper, notebook or pad, such as a bookcase, desk drawer, bedside table, armchair lamp table, or the kitchen table. It's a good idea to keep the paper visible, as a memory jogger for times when you suddent want to make impromptu additions to your list.

*try to resist using your computer for this project. It's important to use all your senses, hence: aroma of the beverage, touch of the paper, sound of the old fashioned pen writing in the journal and sound of the journal as it unsnaps and closes, sight of the visuals on your get-away walk or drive.

Butterfly Journal Has Magnetic Closure - open for use and closed from straying eyes

Gold foil, gloss highlights, and embossing light up this lovely Butterflies journal. A special feature: a foldover flap that closes with a magnet to secure your writings. Makes a great personal diary-no need to worry about a lock or keep track of a key.

Butterflies Journal (Magnetic Closure) (Notebook, Diary)
Butterflies Journal (Magnetic Closure) (Notebook, Diary)

Retirement thoughts bring refreshment when jotted down in a beautiful journal.


Visualize Your Future Retirement Home - your Golden Years Retirement Inns

mentally place yourself in some room of the home

3. Close your eyes and imagine the setting in which you prefer to spend retirement years - ok, the photo's a joke!

It may have been your grandparents' retirement home, but it's not for you. Do you need access to a worthy in-house library? Would you prefer to be within one block of the Subway? Do you need a private car with driver - some homes offer such.

Envision your day, from rising and breakfasting (in your apartment, or in the home's dining room), morning activities of choice,

You'll Enrich Your Golden Years Retirement with This Book - sharp, enlightening and motivating

Retire in New York City: Even if You're Not Rich
Retire in New York City: Even if You're Not Rich

What if you're not rich? You can still make retirement rich by searching out the most meaningful places for yourself.


Begin Writing Notes to Yourself About Your Retirement

preferences & requirements are not set in stone unless you say so

4. Note the specific aspects of your wishes under a Preferences column, and write your needs under a Requirements column. Perhaps you require a gluten-free gourmet diet and you occasionally need it delivered to your suite.

On the other hand, maybe you are toying with the idea of plunking your fortune into your favorite nonprofit, or into a new trust for your grandchildren, and you want to live out your years in a modest studio apartment in a country retirement inn.

Allow yourself the freedom to "need" everything that you want, in the first drafts of your List. Right now you are just laying the undercoat on the wall, and you can take your time to decide in the color and environmental soundness of the finish coat. Go ahead and paint a few brush strokes. List your meal types, for instance. Do you need three bedrooms, or will one do?

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free - who doesn't wish to!

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor

Replete with inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement -- interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.

Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.

Put money in proper perspective so that you don't need a million dollars to retire.

Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.

Follow your dreams instead of someone else's.

Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Better envision you retirement goals -- including where you want to live.

Above all, make you retirement years the best time of your life.


Evaluate Your Lists for Your Retirement

sleep on it! it's your future you are establishing

5. Take a break from list-making, for a walk, a meal, a visit, a subway zip downtown, or a trip to the local Senior Center. Get a fresh perspective.

Once your list takes shape you will begin to see the city in a different light. Maybe you yearn for country life. New York State has small towns galors, with vibrant culture, and wide open spaced farms.

Return to your list, or take your list out along your journey, as new insights sprout. Add, move and shuffle list items. This process of sorting out the wants/needs resembles cultivating a garden. It needs your attention, like watering, fertilizing, and pruning. Don't get bogged down by spending too much time at the list in one setting. You are a garden too!

See New York as Your Land of Opportunity

The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City
The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City

New York City is one of the most unique and popular travel destinations in the world, bursting with historic landmarks, vibrant street scenes, cultural delights, and world-famous icons.

If you plan on documenting your trip through pictures, then this is your guide to making the most of your photography in New York City.

Find the most interesting views, when to shoot them, and how to recreate the images you see in these pages.

All the research, location scouting, and planning have been done for you so you can spend your time in New York City taking stunning photographs. Equal parts photo essay and how-to.


Rewrite Your List & Tour Retirement Residences

fresh and new and inspirational for your retirement living

6. Use your favorite pen, and rewrite your list. You can always refer back to the first one, with all it's reworkings, but having a fresh new list will show you the progress you are making. You will realize that your retirement goals are refined, and open to repeated polishing.

Now you are ready to do some Internet research, and schedule some tours. Your initial retirement home visits will likely bring more questions than answers - in reference to your own retirement.

Accept the tour director's invitation to lunch. Look around and sample. Ask questions of residents as they congregate at the elevator. Note whether there is a long wait for the elevator. You are doing due diligence and you'll thank yourself for it.

Please check out these links, and enter new links to retirement inns you liked, in the Guestbook, at the bottom.Thanks, and Happy Sailing.

Photo by Daniel Schwen

Which Neighborhood is the Right Fit for you - the old familiar from a new angle

A Walk in New York City 2012 Wall Calendar
A Walk in New York City 2012 Wall Calendar

A Walk in New York City Wall Calendar: A Walk in New York City offers stunning photography of the "Big Apple"-one of the world's great walking cities.

Renowned for its theatre, museums, parks and monuments, the calendar showcases this glorious city-from Central Park to the New York Botanical Garden, Columbus Circle and much, much more.

In addition to the stunning photos, you'll receive a complimentary CityWalks Matchbook Map Guide that highlights the charming neighborhood of Chelsea.


Attitude, Activities & Connections Infuse the Golden Years with Meaning

Valuable article, written for nurses, is applicable to most retirees who seek meaning in the senior years.

NYC's Lincoln Center at Night - near your favorite GoldenYearsRetirementInns

Live Big or Live Small, Retirement Living in a GoldenYearsRetirementInns is for You

The Big Apple & the New York Countryside has Golden Years Retirement Inns

New York, city and state, has it all! The weather ever varies through the seasons. When it's spring you'll delight to the bright air and during summer the blooms will take the edge off the heat. Winter is winter, real and ranges through the degrees of rain and snow.

New Yorkers enjoy a livelier economy than 95% of the country, and residences definitely range from the bottom upwards of million dollar apartments. Retirement Inns range similarly from modest to luxurious, urban to country style.

If your choice is the city then you can live car-free and use a combination of walking to the corner market and using the bus and cabs around town. Many New Yorkers benefit from frequent walking to accomplish their errands and arrive back home to fine dining in their retirement homes. Living is gracious, busy, or calm as you choose.

Janet Hays fills us in on how we can retire in that great New York City, whether we have money or not:

photo of rural town New York state festival atmosphere that is not found in the big city. Both are enjoyable, but this has a small town atmosphere. photo by BigBadbflo

Niagara Falls for Western NY Retirement Inns

When we were searching for the right residence for my mother's retirement years we devoted much time to this consideration.

She knew what she wanted and what she preferred to avoid. Luckily, much of the research could be done online.

ElderWood, in Western New York, offers residents as much attention - or as little - as they need. Seniors who enter with temporary rehabilitation needs can progress through their continuum of care, progressing seamlessly from the skilled nursing level to assisted living and perhaps independent living.

Others will start living independently and if they eventually need assisted living, or skilled nursing, the proper level of care will be provided seamlessly.

Most importantly ElderWood may give you peace of mind.

ElderWood Amenities

photo by Danielo Mayer

Explorer's Guide Western New York: From Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario to the Western Edge of the Finger Lakes (Explorer's Complete)
Explorer's Guide Western New York: From Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario to the Western Edge of the Finger Lakes (Explorer's Complete)

Look up the features you wish to see and give them a call to find out the best days and times to visit.


Your GoldenYearsRetirementInns in Paris

here is a panorama for you

Imagine strolling along the Champs Elysee as a permanent resident in Paris.

We have this photo courtesy Benh Lieu Song

Looking Overseas for GoldenYearsRetirementInns - maybe it's Tokyo, Paris or London that's calling you

Growing Older in World Cities: New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo
Growing Older in World Cities: New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo

In case you consider retiring abroad this guide is most helpful.


First hand information is always the best. We want to know which retirement facility is your favorite. Please include a website and phone number.

Please Share Information on Your Favorite New York Retirement Inn

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    • Elaine Chen profile image

      Elaine Chen 

      5 years ago

      I have been think of retirement life; enjoy travel around the world few times per year :-)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      Retirement will be expensive!!!

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      6 years ago

      For those that are in the Seattle area, assisted living options are many. But to find one that is really what you are looking for the best is to visit them and get a personal tour.

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Nice lens about Big Apple retiremnt digs!

    • ajgodinho profile image

      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice approach to choosing a retirement inn. I haven't given a serious thought about it yet, but I guess at some point it's a good idea to envision retirement and have a plan in place. Stay blessed! :)


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