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Club activities: cardiac episode, substitute family, common interest, support network, helping out

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Old 11-14-2007, 05:42 AM
 
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We are going to be early retirees and have started to think about just this thing. If we move, I want to consider the people that live there over the place itself. Just how involved and concerned are they? How have they set up their area to support each other, etc. Is it just golf (or some other activity) or do they support each other emotionally during times of need?

There are some great apartment communities here that have organized around buildings and do a great job of taking an interest in residents.

I did not consider this to be so critical until I hurt my knee rather badly and found out just how much support it would take if I was alone or even to help my hubby if I am incapacitated.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:58 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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It seems to me that places and communities don't necessarily give you a support system. Communities that help each other out may do so only because they are insular and new people are not part of their clique. Or if you don't have the same beliefs and experience they wouldn't be so welcoming.

I think it is up to each person to make friends, be a friend, and make your own community where you decide to make your home. Retirement communities set up something of a support system that you pay for. One hopes there aren't criminals among the staff preying on the elderly. But a lot of places that get touted for family values and strong community are not all that welcoming to outsiders or may not be all that compatible to you and your sensibilities.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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I plan to have enough money to hire help.
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Are any of you religious? Is it different for people who socialize with their church?
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