Your Costco membership can
be a valuable tool in helping
you reach all the goals of
Costco Pharmacies o;er
significant savings and expert
consultation. Costco is also an
excellent source for vitamins,
supplements and more.
Hearing and vision.
The Hearing and Optical
Centers o;er top-quality
services and products.
assistance. To find Medicare
options in your area, go
to Costco.com, click on
“Pharmacy” and on
“Medicare Plan Finder.”
eHealth o;ers a free Medicare plan comparison tool.
Travel. Costco Travel features
a wide range of exciting travel
options around the world,
including cruises, vacation
packages, hotels and more.
Services. Costco o;ers a
variety of essential services
that can save everybody
money, including home
and auto insurance, bottled
water delivery and identity
protection. Go to Costco.com
and click on “Services.”
Products. From meals in the
Food Courts to a new car
for your road trips, Costco’s
product selection plays a role
in making your retirement
Home sweet home
Here are some resources
to help you get started on
finding an ideal location:
House Sitting Magazine
o;ers nuts-and-bolts tips.
( trustedhousesitters.com) matches
pet owners and housesitters.
Nomador ( nomador.com) o;ers
an international focus.
House Sitters America
( smartertravel.com/home-exchange-guide) is a helpful
Home Exchange 50Plus
is for those 50 and older.
by ERIC TAUB AND
TAMARA E. HOLMES
Stay in your big old house? Downsize to
a condo nearby? Or pack everything
(after the garage sale) into a U-Haul and
relocate? The world is your oyster shell
in retirement; find a pearl.
As we age, typically few of us want
to leave our home for an impersonal
and increasingly expensive assisted
or independent living community.
According to a study by HomeAdvisor,
;; percent of those over ;; would like
to remain in their home forever.
The good news is that aging in
place is doable. By adjusting one’s living
space to include easy-entry showers,
room sensors that track movements,
pill-reminder dispensers, available
transport from ride services and other
features, it’s increasingly possible to stay
at home safely.
Here are some resources to help:
• National Institutes of Health
( nih.gov): Search “Aging in place.”
• AARP ( aarp.org): Search “Aging
• National Aging in Place Council
4FIGURE OUT WHERE TO LIVE Test-drive a location If you’ve decided to move on, a smart idea is to “try before you buy,” says Matt Fellowes, founder of United Income, a Washington, D.C.–based company that provides money management services for people who are approaching, transi- tioning to or in retirement. By testing a location before you move, you can make
sure you’ll feel at home in your new
neighborhood before you make a major
financial investment. Here are a couple
of options (with resources below):
Housesitting. These arrangements
can provide a more in-depth view into a
neighborhood and region than a quick
hotel trip. “Choose a housesit that most
closely reflects the way you hope to live,”
says Kelly Hayes-Raitt, author of How to
Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from
the HouseSit Diva (Living Large Press,
;;;;; not available at Costco).
House exchange and rental
services. If you get serious about a location, visit it at multiple times of the year
and find a way to get to know some of
the people in the neighborhood. These
services typically require an annual
membership fee. Once you agree to
housesit or swap homes, you’ll
pay nothing for your stay.
Eric Taub and Tamara E. Holmes
are freelance writers.
( homeexchange.com) lists
more than 65,000 homes.
( homelink-usa.org) is part
of an international
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