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Those who choose to create their retirement or “second act” in Ashland find themselves redefining what it means to be retired.
Ashland retirees are dynamic, engaged, active community contributors who appreciate a lively arts environment and social interaction through their participation in hundreds of community organizations and small groups. From dinner and book clubs to swim meets and hiking groups, people find themselves engaged in every imaginable activity throughout the city. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s classes are immensely popular and well-attended as are those offered through Ashland Parks and Recreation. Many people have turned hobbies such as photography, painting and writing into avocations and some small businesses. Highly educated and motivated, many retirees serve on city commissions and are indispensable volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Chamber of Commerce just to name a few. Utilizing a lifetime of experience and success, many use their skills to teach others and work to better society.
In the book, Refire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, co-authored by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz, they note that “Refiring is the opposite of retiring. Retiring is going from; refiring is going toward. Refire is to see each day as an opportunity for adventure and learning. The point is life is a very special occasion. Don’t miss it….Refiring is about changing your attitude and taking a few risks—anything from ordering something exotic on the menu to starting a new relationship. Play, love, laugh—be spontaneous.” In Ashland, it is possible to find joy, purpose and meaning in life in more fulfilling ways in your second act. Engage, volunteer and embrace your passions and you will understand why accolades abound for retiring in Ashland including:
“Where to Retire,” in Modern Maturity Magazine, Ashland was ranked 2nd in the nation for having the amenities for healthy active retirees.
Top 25 Best Towns to Retire – CNN Money Magazine
Ashland is home to many businesses that support senior services.
Retirement communities offer independent care to fully supported assisted living care. Businesses and organizations such as Ashland At Home exist to help support seniors living in their own homes as well.
The Ashland Senior Program provides a support system to the older residents of Ashland, helping to enable them to live more independently and to continue as contributing members of the community. It offers outreach, information and referral, preventative health care clinics, a discount on City of Ashland utilities for income eligible residents, insurance counseling, weekday noon meals and home delivered meals provided by Rogue Valley Council of Governments Food and Friends Program. The Senior Program also offers a variety of recreational and social activities at the Senior Center, including yoga, tai chi, discussion groups, line dancing, computer instruction, educational seminars and workshops on topics of interest to older adults. The Senior Center is located in Hunter Park at 1699 Homes Avenue and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm. The Ashland Senior Program is a division of Ashland Parks and Recreation. For more information, please visit www.AshlandSeniorCenter.org or call (541) 488-5342.
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