You have made decisions all your life - tough decisions and now you are ready to make a few more. With retirement in the near future, where will you choose to enjoy this new part of life's journey?

One of the main things to consider when choosing a place to retire is financial - am I able to purchase or rent a dwelling that will suit my needs and be within budget. Whether you choose a home, an apartment, condo or twin home you should not experience a problem finding just what you need and want in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The city is just the right size — big enough to have many of the amenities of a big city, but still maintains a small-town feel. This is not a cliché, but a fact expressed by many who move here. Furthermore, you have the ability to drive across town in a reasonably short amount of time. The streets are well-maintained. Also, interstate routes around the city help you quickly get to your destination.

Quality healthcare is important for retirees. In the past, residents of the area traveled to the Mayo Clinic for special care. This does not happen but in rare instances. There are hospitals and clinics for every need including a Veterans Hospital. If you are a person who likes to stay active, you can take advantage of the many fitness centers located throughout the city. If you want to exercise with no cost and enjoy the beauty of nature, you can walk in your safe neighborhood or park or indoors at one of the malls. Bicycle paths are everywhere. If you enjoy golf, there are five beautiful public courses in the city, and numerous more within our regional communities.

Sioux Falls' great entertainment venues mean your retirement will be anything but boring. The Washington Pavilion and the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center are just two of the great venues offering top names in entertainment. The Pavilion is home to the South Dakota Symphony and is a tour stop for many of the award-winning Broadway shows. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center has featured big names like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Blake Shelton, PBR Championship Bull Riding, and much more.

Sioux Falls offers many ways for you to stay involved in your community. For the sports enthusiasts, the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Club, Sioux Falls Canaries (baseball), Sioux Falls Skyforce (basketball) Sioux Falls Storm Football (indoor football), high school and college sports all provide winning talent. For those who cannot totally retire there are many volunteer activities available. Schools and non profits welcome good talent. Active Generations is home to many social activities. For a nominal annual fee you can enjoy almost every card game invented, pool, golf, crafts, fitness classes, dance classes, educational forums, etc.

Sioux Falls has been recognized by many publications and organizations for its quality of life and healthy economy. Money Magazine named Sioux Falls as one of the Ten Best Cities to live. After you have made the decision to retire in Sioux Falls and join the other 178,000 residents in our city, it is a decision you will not regret.

What it means to me

Retirement is Never Boring

by Betty Ordal

Retirement is an award for all those years of hard work. I had no idea that I would enjoy retirement as much as I have. There are so many opportunities for activities to keep a retiree active.

The Center for Active Generations offers so many opportunities from lessons on many topics, to games of every type, to a very good fitness program. This is all available at a very reasonable price.

For those of us who prefer to continue serving on non-profit organizations, a contact with the Helpline Center will get you set up with a choice of many organizations that welcome your expertise. I am actively involved with five organizations as well as my church. This service allows me to give back to the community that has given me so much.

Calling a friend to have lunch or getting a group of friends or family together is something I enjoy. In retirement, you have more time to be the organizer of these events.

One of the things I most enjoy about retirement is the ability to travel. It is such a reward to take a cruise to Alaska or a road trip to one of the many area annual events or visit a foreign country to see how we are all connected. For work, my daughter travels the western part of SD, Fargo and surrounding area in ND and parts of Iowa and Nebraska. When my schedule permits, I join her and so enjoy stopping at the small towns across SD and the area that she stops to do business. We enjoy visiting with the locals.

When I return to Sioux Falls after traveling, I am so grateful for this city. I have no desire to move south for the winter months as all four seasons are beautiful. Sioux Falls has all that I ask of a city-great shopping, clean air, easy to navigate, top notch entertainment, fine restaurants and excellent health care facilities. When the day is done, I take advantage of the beautiful summer evening and head to my patio and enjoy a glass of wine and reflect upon how wonderful life continues to be. There is no need to live anywhere else in the world.