Life Advice



Ask Amy: Young adult should not retire, but relocate

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

– Early Retirement

Dear Early: My advice? Get thee out of The Villages, stat.

I looked at extensive demographic data published by

According to this source, in 2022 this famous community in Florida has a little over 84,000 residents.

The median age is 73 years old.

A person your age could develop friendships and have a meaningful life in this community – but it is not working out for you.


Given that you are working remotely and have likely saved money by living with your folks, I suggest that you spend the next few months researching communities that might be a better fit for you.

I’d put in a bid for college towns, which tend to offer lively cultural events and volunteer opportunities. If you are willing to move back north, Philadelphia is a great city for people your age.

Moving will not magically solve your social isolation, but it’s a start.

It’s also a brave and positive choice to make. Once you arrive, you will have to continue to bravely step out into the world – joining a gym or clubs, volunteering, and (ideally) finding fulfilling work that you can enjoy in-person.


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