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Old 03-27-2015, 07:08 AM
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Indian River County FL where I live, has a free public transit bus that stops in my HOA. But I'm a couple blocks from shopping.

I currently order A LOT on Amazon.

Prime member, about 80 per year and everything I order is free shipping (almost).

I love having heavy stuff, bulky stuff or incidentals that I think of - show up TWO DAYS LATER.

I bought an IQ Air Purifier from a local store. It's large and heavy. NOW they have it on Amazon but I didn't know about Amazon then.

They also have a food pantry subsection. But nothing that requires refrigeration as far as I know.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:23 AM
Location: Near a river
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
I've long studied my ultimate retirement home in Tucson, hopefully yet this year, and being near a bus stop is ultra-important, a short bike ride to a grocery store or 2, and I'm also planning on buying a moped/scooter for longer trips!

I've already done my practice sessions, riding the buses here in Las Vegas to work and back, a couple nights a week, so that will be no adjustment at all, in fact, I've come to enjoy taking the bus! I enjoy the camaraderie at the bus stops and riding the buses, meeting new people, even making friends.

I'm actually looking forward to getting to that point of not being able to drive anymore, as I've always been a nervous Nellie behind the wheel of a car, a worry wart that's always worrying something may happen to the car, on this trip or that trip! What a relief it shall be! And no more nasty, heart-stopping repair bills or potential traffic fines!
Sounds great, but what if age 85 and immobile?
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:40 AM
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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When I first started driving in the 60s, I used to go out to do nothing but drive in rural Ohio and try to get lost. I loved it. Almost 50 years later, and having a job as a field service engineer for most of that time, and the last 30 years in the Baltimore, Washington area, I am actually looking forward to not driving unless I absolutely have to. The traffic around here is terrible.

I was actually thinking about the traffic last night, on my way home. Fifty years ago there was not as much traffic congestion as there is now. Fifty years ago there was a smaller percentage of the drivers on the road of female persuasion. That's all you need to know!
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:45 AM
Location: Eastern UP of Michigan
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Originally Posted by LoriBee62 View Post
That will be the point in life when I start kicking back, getting stoned and playing video games all day.
Sounds like a great time. We'll do the same, although not certain about the video games.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:18 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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Originally Posted by Clemencia53 View Post
Pay someone to drive me around.
This^^^^. I will always have neighbors, and people always like to make a few bucks. If all else fails, there are dial a ride services and taxis.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:29 AM
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Where I live we have so many students or at-home housewives willing to run errands for the elderly or disabled. My 90-year-old neighbor has hired a few to help her out with groceries, doctor appts, etc.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:37 PM
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If my grandfather-in-law had to walk to the store it would take about 4 hours, because he can only do 1 footstep per second and needs a cane...
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:18 PM
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What some people aren't considering is that loss of the capacity to drive need not stem from declined vision or cognition. Instead, it can come from muscular atrophy and wasting away of the body. The brain and the eyes could remain comparatively healthy, while the legs and spine don't respond too well anymore.

In the case of my own mother – a pancreatic cancer patient – her losing her capacity to drive was one of the final stages towards decline in becoming bedridden, and eventually passing. She was still driving when she was almost unable to walk, unable to cook, unable to do laundry. She'd drive to and from her chemo sessions. She'd drive to the grocery store, only to find herself to be unable to exit the car and to walk into the store. She'd sit in her car, pondering life and its vicissitudes, and then regretfully drive home.

Driving is comparatively easy, with automatic transmissions, power steering, power locks and so forth. Getting to the bus stop, or even walking towards one's own mailbox, or taking out the trash, or standing next to a stove to boil an egg, or standing next to the sink to wash dishes – these can be more physically exhausting.

The upshot? I'd worry more about basic personal-care and independent living, before I'd worry about becoming unable to drive.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:28 PM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by Harpaint View Post
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.
In Arizona you could drive a golf cart on certain streets where the speed limit was 35 or lower. You had to have a drivers license and the cart had to have a license plate. Carts don't have heat or AC.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:32 PM
Location: in the miseries
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Use a bus, taxi, or here they have a ride for a buck.

There are also friends and family.
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