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Old 03-26-2015, 05:50 PM
 
Location: it depends
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So my idea is that driving kind of sucks anyway. As a hale and hearty young snowbird, I chose a warm weather place that happens to keep my time behind the wheel to a minimum for day-to-day life. I see even very old and bent people walking to the pharmacy and stores and restaurants and entertainment. But I did not choose based on NOT being able to drive at all--that would have been a mistake since I could always move later.

As for going to the doctor, I'm not sure what would ever persuade me to start visiting doctors again.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I am fine driving, walking kills me. I don't have a crystal ball to tell me what comes next.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:15 PM
 
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You need groceries?
You need to go to the Doctor?
You need to go to the bank?
You want to go to the store?

How will you deal with that?
Pay someone to drive me around.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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Where ever you live a car is more or less a necessity. If you live in a big enough town helps but you still need to walk and be able to carry your purchases..So call a cab to cover the distance and change shopping habits.
Like the rest of life one must adapt to changes,they're happening all the time...
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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Some of the senior communities are surrounded by grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, etc and residents are allowed to use those little golf carts to get around once they can't drive a car. They also have shuttles.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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My town and surrounding towns have a 6- or 8-seater senior van, run out of the councils on aging. You make an appt 24 hours in advance, and you are driven door to door with assistance. You can bring walker, wheelchair, etc if you have that. Any town I ever move to will have to have the senior van. Much more accommodating and accessible for seniors than a regular bus or other transit, and it's cheap fare.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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I like the self-driving car idea. You can die on your way to your destination and still arrive.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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this is one thing that turned us off to rural living. what if we couldn't drive.

at least here in nyc we have a fabulous mass transit system.

I don't want to be a smart alack BUT ... try navigating subway stations, city buses, and the like when you are 80+ or have health/mobility issues. It is not easy and many places that are SUPPOSED to be accessible often aren't. And that was Chicago.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: sumter
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The local senior center drives people around, I always see family members or neighbor driving people where they need to go, church family, and even taxi service.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:43 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Hopefully I'll still be able to use the shoe leather express, that is to say walking. We live in a walkable neighborhood within walking distance of a mall, restaurants, grocery stores. The weather here is almost always good with warm temps and sunny days. We also have a trolley network that is cheap and has a senior citizen discount. For other things the daughter will probably help.
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