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Old 05-07-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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Thanks for all the input---what do you think of Loveland or Grand Junction for a retirement place? Good medical facilities are a must.
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:22 AM
 
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Thanks for all the input---what do you think of Loveland or Grand Junction for a retirement place? Good medical facilities are a must.
I can't really judge them from a retirement perspective because I'm not retired, but I do know that Loveland has been known for decades as a popular retirement destination, and there is a number of new medical facilities either newly built or under construction, including a brand new hospital at hwy 34 and I-25 run by the excellent Poudre Valley Health Services. However, I wouldn't move to Loveland if you're picturing it as being removed from Denver's sprawl. It's not. In the last 10-20 years, Loveland has really changed from sleepy small town to metro ex-urb.

Grand Junction is a fun place to visit with all the wineries, orchards, mountain biking, Grand Mesa hiking, and its mild high-desert climate, but I can't speak directly to the medical services available. I do know that GJ is very far from any major city -- the closest being Denver at four hours away over I-70 which is often closed or restricted in winter. (For many, this is a good thing) So... that might be something to consider if you need quick access to the types of medical facilities found only in major metro areas.
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Old 05-07-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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Grand Junction is the medical center for western Colorado and has some pretty good specialists in most areas of medicine. That said, it still does not have all of the facilities and expertise that the Front Range does. When I lived over in that area of the Western Slope some years back, I had a relatively rare medical condition that forced me to go to either Denver or Colorado Springs for treatment. There wasn't a doctor on the Western Slope who could do the treatments I needed. I knew several retired people who lived in or near Grand Junction who wound up relocating to the Front Range or to Salt Lake City because they required continuing specialized medical treatment not available on the Western Slope.
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