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Old 06-21-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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If anyone has personal experience or knows a rough age when their parents or relatives had to "move south," please post opinions. I'm asking this in the summer because asking it in the winter might draw more subjectivity. Obviously, winter isn't always "fun" by a long shot!

I'm referring to people who once enjoyed the aesthetic aspects of snowy winters, but found it too physically overwhelming at some point, or even life-threatening. These would be relatively mobile "old" people with no major health problems. Thanks for any comments.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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My next door neighbor is 87 and still loves the winter here, my Parents are in their mid-late 70's and still enjoy getting out during the winter in Northern Maine (Caribou/Presque Isle area if you care to see how far north that is.) There isn't ANY age where winter gets "life threatening" there are situations where that may be true, but those are few and far between.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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I hate the winter but not enough to make me move... especially to the south, lol. It sucks to drive in it and commute to work but whatever- such is the life of a Northeasterner. You get used to it after a while.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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cold weather is much safer than extreme heat..so technically no certain 'age' is designated to determine ones enjoyment or hatred of winters. it's all in personal preference. I personally can't stand extreme heat, so I'll always stay north.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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After you slip and break your prosthetic hip.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Center City
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After working in Houston all my professional life, we moved north after retirement specifically to enjoy cold winters. What's not to enjoy:

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: IN
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If anyone has personal experience or knows a rough age when their parents or relatives had to "move south," please post opinions. I'm asking this in the summer because asking it in the winter might draw more subjectivity. Obviously, winter isn't always "fun" by a long shot!

I'm referring to people who once enjoyed the aesthetic aspects of snowy winters, but found it too physically overwhelming at some point, or even life-threatening. These would be relatively mobile "old" people with no major health problems. Thanks for any comments.
You could move "in town" to an age restricted community with HOA fees for road maintenance in winter. The "in town" option works well for those people that want amenities nearby within a very short drive or almost walking distance. Wolfeboro, NH is a big retirement destination for a northern area with snowy winters, but it is fairly expensive there.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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If anyone has personal experience or knows a rough age when their parents or relatives had to "move south," please post opinions. I'm asking this in the summer because asking it in the winter might draw more subjectivity. Obviously, winter isn't always "fun" by a long shot!

I'm referring to people who once enjoyed the aesthetic aspects of snowy winters, but found it too physically overwhelming at some point, or even life-threatening. These would be relatively mobile "old" people with no major health problems. Thanks for any comments.
Well considering people are working longer than they were in years past, the age has gone up. I have a few family members that became snowbirds and would do 4-5 months/year down in Florida, the other 7-8 up in Massachusetts. They made the decision when they were in their late 60s.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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You could move "in town" to an age restricted community with HOA fees for road maintenance in winter. The "in town" option works well for those people that want amenities nearby within a very short drive or almost walking distance. Wolfeboro, NH is a big retirement destination for a northern area with snowy winters, but it is fairly expensive there.
Actually, I'm barely 40 now. Just wondering whether to make a permanent home of a place that could be potentially lethal if the heating fails, and considering future rising heating costs with Peak Oil in the picture now.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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My next door neighbor is 87 and still loves the winter here, my Parents are in their mid-late 70's and still enjoy getting out during the winter in Northern Maine (Caribou/Presque Isle area if you care to see how far north that is.) There isn't ANY age where winter gets "life threatening" there are situations where that may be true, but those are few and far between.
Then what's with so many old folk retiring in Florida? Cold is definitely harder on the elderly, with their poorer circulation and such. I can already feel it more than I did when young. I suppose my question is hard to answer with the big YMMV factor.
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