Best Places to Retire in California

Looking for the best places to retire in California? It’s a popular choice for many retirees. Whether you are seeking outdoor adventures, a pleasant climate, or a place to retire near the beach, California has it all. Not only does the state offer a wide variety of active retirement communities, it also has a vibrant cultural scene.

How to Thrive in Retirement

Most people assume life will be great after they stop working because they have enough money. But it takes more than just money to thrive in retirement. In fact, it is the non-financial things that need the most nurturing (relationships, health, identity, and purpose). But, most people do not have a plan much less a strategy on how to thrive in retirement.

What is a 55+ Community?

A 55+ community is designed specifically for people 55 years and older. Active adult living, 55+ communities have extensive programming for fitness, crafts, lifelong learning and social activities. Having an enjoyable retirement is the goal of most people. And, one of the ways to make sure your retirement is exciting, is to be a part of a thriving retirement community. A place where you can be active, make new friends and share experiences. For this reason, you might want to consider a 55+ community.

Staying Sharp

Did you know that moving out of your comfort zone is the key to staying sharp and physically young? In fact, research shows to stay cognitively young, staying active is one of the best things you can do as you age. Other habits like challenging yourself, being social, eating healthy and getting enough sleep, also play a role in staying sharp mentally. Just ask any SuperAger.

Anne Holst

In a suburb of New York City called Tenafly, Anne grew up gazing at the lights of Manhattan. After graduating from college with a degree in English Literature, she started a career in advertising at The New Yorker. But the West coast was calling to Anne, so she took a long train ride to San Francisco, where she landed a job in human resources. After Anne got married, she decided to get her real estate license. And, for the next 29 years, she worked as a real estate agent in La Jolla, and surrounding areas for the Willis Allen Company.


The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful and much needed opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things we’ve experienced over the past year. And, November encourages us to embrace the power of gratitude. Perhaps, it’s one of the reasons we feel so good during this holiday. Although, pumpkin pie does help! All kidding aside, research (and common sense) suggests that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, being grateful. So, just imagine how practicing gratitude daily could help you experience more positive emotions. In the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” It is the virtue of rejoicing what is. And, an antidote to negative emotions.

Age with Grace Strength and Beauty

Age is just a number, Beth Djalali is the living proof of that. In fact, she is proof positive that you to can age with grace, strength and beauty. This is something that what we as women all strive for. The problem is, age is a number to which many have attached great significance. Somehow, many of us have managed to give it more meaning than it should. Aging is inevitable. There’s no doubt about that. But, reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you become invisible. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative self-talk. But, it’s what we do to change that mindset that can make all the difference.

Butch Hansen

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Herman AKA “Butch” has also lived in other states throughout his life. While in Arizona, he attended ASU, where he majored in Business. From there, he went on to become a Human Resources Manager for US steel companies all over the US. Interestingly, he and his wife lived in Pittsburg, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (what are the odds). From there they moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Butch and his wife started a family.

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