retiring in the 12TH ANNUAL RETIREMENT SECTION by Robert Marlin City of Roses Much has been written about Tyler as one of the state’s most popular retirement destinations, especially since the year 2000 when it was designated as a Certified Retirement Community. The Tyler Chamber of Commerce says residents over age 55 are the fastest growing segment of our population. Retirees can enjoy an active lifestyle, in a laid-back community that offers virtually everything a retired person could want or need. The image of a Certified Retirement Community is not what many may think. It is not a bunch of elderly people being pushed around in wheelchairs. Today, people live longer, and are much healthier, than a generation ago. People are retiring at a younger age, and they are most likely in good shape, capable of doing everything they could do twenty years ago. The main difference is — twenty years ago, these same people were working hard every day, to prepare themselves for a comfortable, active retirement. Now that they have achieved that goal, they are ready to dive into retired life by getting busy! Most people who are retired these days want to remain active and Tyler offers an almost unlimited opportunity for that. From playing golf to spending time on one of the many area lakes, there are many recreational activities to fill one’s day. Tyler satisfies other considerations, such as lots of entertainment options including performances and lectures at the Cowan Center, the great curb appeal 148 DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 of our historic neighborhoods, easy access to shopping, plenty of restaurants and quality medical facilities, these are all elements that help potential new residents decide on relocating to Tyler, an area many retirees consider ideal for their needs. Tyler has all that, and more. Another area in which retirees thrive is the world of volunteerism. Many of the retired people in our community already have an established background working with charities. Local nonprofits look forward to recruiting those experienced individuals because of their ability to enhance their operational effectiveness. The talents and abilities that made them so valuable when they were working full-time are the same talents and abilities nonprofits need in order to be more effective. The extensive number of worthy causes gives retirees looking for a place to volunteer a great variety from which to choose. Another way to fill one’s day with worthwhile activity is to take on the role of adjunct professor at one of the institutions of higher learning located here: Texas College, Tyler Junior College or The University of Texas at Tyler. Retired people have much to offer the community and they have the time to devote. Sharing their knowledge and expertise with the new generation of community leaders is a great opportunity for retirees to find fulfillment working in the educational field.