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Old 04-22-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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The older women in my apartment building use the senior transporation - the van pulls up and they are taken to their destination, and back again - usually just one person at a time, with lots of special coddling by the driver. (it's not the public transit - it's special senior transporation - with hydraulic lifts if needed and escorting slowly onto the van)

Many towns and cities have senior vans which cart seniors all over town for appointments and errands. It's very cheap too.

And many of these same older women in my building have groceries delivered to them for just $5.00 or $9.95 which they have ordered thru the grocery website or grocery phone. The groceries are local and arrive by van the next day.

 
Old 04-22-2011, 11:36 PM
 
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Hi, njdreamer! The symbols are no problem, but I usually write in Windows Notepad first because it is plain text.

Congratulations on selling your house! I hope the inspection and appraisal go through with no problems.

$9000 taxes?!! That's shocking.

Riverbird - thanks! I'm hoping that problems with the home inspection can be worked out to everyone's satisfaction. The $9000.+ taxes are a big factor in my decision to move, even though I really love the town I live in.

I'm in the same boat as you, except my house isn't on the market yet, as it is daunting to leave one's familiar surroundings, friends, services, etc. and start all over again making new friends, learning the layout of a new city, etc.

Sarasota FL was at the top of my relocation list, but the recent murders there made me aware of some undesirable activity going on in the area, and I just don't want to live in communities with gangs and violent crimes, as I do have many other choices

I'll probably visit this summer to check-out Venice, Naples, Stuart, Ormond Beach, ~~ if I can muster up the energy to do it all

ConeyIslandBabe - Yes, it is daunting. Two friends were over for dinner tonight - a last minute decision - and I was thinking about how much I'll miss my friends and those last minute get-togethers. The specter of starting over in a new place is pretty scarey, but also exciting. I hadn't heard about recent murders in Sarasota - that is troubling. One of my friends was saying that friends of hers moved to Naples and love it there. It's probably worth checking out. Any thoughts about Delray Beach and the east coast?

PS - How do you get the quotes to go into those little blue boxes so that others can clearly see that you're responding to something someone else said?
 
Old 04-23-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Talking how to quote someone's post ~~

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Hi, njdreamer! The symbols are no problem, but I usually write in Windows Notepad first because it is plain text.

Congratulations on selling your house! I hope the inspection and appraisal go through with no problems.

$9000 taxes?!! That's shocking.

Riverbird - thanks! I'm hoping that problems with the home inspection can be worked out to everyone's satisfaction. The $9000.+ taxes are a big factor in my decision to move, even though I really love the town I live in.

I'm in the same boat as you, except my house isn't on the market yet, as it is daunting to leave one's familiar surroundings, friends, services, etc. and start all over again making new friends, learning the layout of a new city, etc.

Sarasota FL was at the top of my relocation list, but the recent murders there made me aware of some undesirable activity going on in the area, and I just don't want to live in communities with gangs and violent crimes, as I do have many other choices

I'll probably visit this summer to check-out Venice, Naples, Stuart, Ormond Beach, ~~ if I can muster up the energy to do it all

ConeyIslandBabe - Yes, it is daunting. Two friends were over for dinner tonight - a last minute decision - and I was thinking about how much I'll miss my friends and those last minute get-togethers. The specter of starting over in a new place is pretty scarey, but also exciting. I hadn't heard about recent murders in Sarasota - that is troubling. One of my friends was saying that friends of hers moved to Naples and love it there. It's probably worth checking out. Any thoughts about Delray Beach and the east coast?

PS - How do you get the quotes to go into those little blue boxes so that others can clearly see that you're responding to something someone else said?
At the bottom, right side, of the post you want to quote is a box that says "quote". Click on that, and it opens up the reply window and then you can write your reply below the quote. (I hope this helps).
 
Old 04-23-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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But you might want to be prepared when and if that day comes. It doesn't have to be a hardship but your life will change. I have seen people go into depression because they were told they could no longer drive due to health reasons like failing eyesight or a bad heart etc. They just didn't know how to cope.

If you have an alternate plan to driving in place in the event you are no longer able to drive, you are way ahead of the game.
Yesterday in a town closeby an elderly gent age 92, quite a professional career in publishing and the arts, was killed on a local road while his wife age 90 was driving. she is hospitalized. They collided with another vehicle, not sure whose fault it was but no matter whose, they should not have been on the road at that age!! I don't care how "careful." I'll be interested to hear the results of the investigation, but I'm betting.....
 
Old 04-23-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Well, I grew up in NYC, a poor girl living in the Projects where nobody owned a car and, as young adult, I only knew one person who owned a vehicle

After enjoying the luxury of owning a car for the last 40+ years I don't even like the idea of having to give it up eventually, as much as I'd like to cut out expenses. Personally, it would be a hardship for me to have to "shlep" all my groceries, etc. on foot ~~ at age 72, with a bad back and bad knees. I feel very comforted in knowing that I can go anywhere, walk until I'm tired, and then hop into my own transportation without having to wait for public transportation in all kinds of weather ! Spoiled? Yup, Yup, Yup !!

I'll keep driving until I can't
You and me both! There have been a few times when my car was "broke" and I couldn't drive it and it's frustrating! As far as expenses...my car has been more than affordable for all the years I've owned it. I WAS paying $20 mo. for gas but, of course, that's now gone up to about $30! Thankfully I only drive six miles, RT, for work and any errands I have to do are between work and home. No 'out of the way' trips. We do have 'some' public transportation here but it would actually cost me more to use it than it does to drive my car.
 
Old 04-23-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Yesterday in a town closeby an elderly gent age 92, quite a professional career in publishing and the arts, was killed on a local road while his wife age 90 was driving. she is hospitalized. They collided with another vehicle, not sure whose fault it was but no matter whose, they should not have been on the road at that age!! I don't care how "careful." I'll be interested to hear the results of the investigation, but I'm betting.....
My mother is 90 and still drives. She lives in a retirement town with no public transportation and they still live at home. How can you determine that someone must stop driving at a certain age?? If there are no accidents, and in my Mom's case there aren't, why stop them from driving and thus force them out of their home? In many cases elderly drivers are killed by very young drivers speeding, and/or drinking.
 
Old 04-23-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I would be SOL without a car and no, it's not just a matter of getting use to it. My freedom would be severely limited - I don't call it spoiled - I call it life enrichment

I was blessed with good old common sense and will know when it's time to turn in the keys - OR - my insurance company will make it so expessive I'll have no other choice. I bet premiums are high for older people and 1 accident is all that it would take to make them skyrocket.

I really hope that it was not that woman's fault - how awful to think that you were responsible for killing your husband.

I have had 1 accident since I was 19 and that was on my way back from CO (1 hour from home) when a semi hit a deer and threw it into my car. (I'm banging on wood here).
 
Old 04-23-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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At the bottom, right side, of the post you want to quote is a box that says "quote". Click on that, and it opens up the reply window and then you can write your reply below the quote. (I hope this helps).
ConeyIsland Babe - Thanks for the info!
 
Old 04-23-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Yikes! I am not anti-car or anti-driving. It just that driving was never for me and I feel the rest of the human race is much safer without me at the wheel.

If someone is 100 and still a good driver they should of course continue. But many people do become ill and when the doctor says it isn't safe, it isn't safe. There is no age at which this should be determined but rather the health and faculties of the driver should be the consideration.

My point was that being prepared for this possibility is a good idea so the transition from driver to passenger can be as painless as possible if and when the time comes.
 
Old 04-24-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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My mother is 90 and still drives. She lives in a retirement town with no public transportation and they still live at home. How can you determine that someone must stop driving at a certain age?? If there are no accidents, and in my Mom's case there aren't, why stop them from driving and thus force them out of their home? In many cases elderly drivers are killed by very young drivers speeding, and/or drinking.
There aren't any accidents till there's an accident, and it can be a fatal one. I stand by my conviction that no one over 80, no matter how cognitively blessed, should be driving. And, stopping driving does not force one out of one's home unless s/he lives in the boondocks. Family members, friends, senior vans and taxis can get them around. Oh, one more story...a local very well known, very well respected woman of another culture who is in her 80s, always driving everywhere to volunteer, with a perfect driving record, hit a young college girl on a bicycle and killed her. She cited "momentary confusion." The candlelight vigil for the girl drew hundreds, and the woman got off pretty easy probably b/c of her age.

Of course drunk driving and speeding are dangerous, no contest there!
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