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Old 12-20-2016, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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So what made you choose mt airy?
Because this is my view from the kitchen window.

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Old 12-20-2016, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I live in Atlanta metro and will be moving to Knoxville to live near my daughter....retirement target is early 2018. I am about to pull the trigger on building a house in a new subdivision. It is not my dream retirement home location (no pretty views out the window, unless I work hard on the landscaping in my little backyard)....there are no amenities and the neighborhood will probably be full of kids (since it is in a good school district), but it is less than 2 miles from a big park with a lake, trails, dog park, etc. and a newer YMCA (I swim laps). Mainly, it is minutes from my daughter which will make helping her with childcare easier (when the child comes...she has only been married a year, so that may be a little down the road). On the plus side, with no neighborhood amenities I won't be obligated to pay high HOA fees down the road and can pick and choose my activities (like joining a gym). Knoxville has an active presence on meetup, so I have already been scoping out the hiking, dog walking, book club and vegan dining groups. Without meetup, I think I would be worried about making friends. I have lived in my current house for over 30 years, so this is quite exciting!
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:07 AM
 
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Dave, it seems that Johnson city would have decent health care, what with a teaching hospital and all. I presume you have looked into statistics rather than rely on the word of someone who likes to badmouth the area.

Although you have to consider your medical history: do you have the routine concerns or something more obscure.
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Old 12-20-2016, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Dave, it seems that Johnson city would have decent health care, what with a teaching hospital and all. I presume you have looked into statistics rather than rely on the word of someone who likes to badmouth the area.

Although you have to consider your medical history: do you have the routine concerns or something more obscure.
I'm actually referring to a PM I received by a retiree who had read my posts announcing my plan and he felt obligated to warn me of the horrible health care in JC. He shared his personal experiences and said it's a common complaint, it pays very low and as a result is understaffed with new, inexperienced professionals. I then wrote a local who I learned was in the field. I found out that she was forced to relocate from her home area due to the poor healthcare. That was a pretty big statement to me.

While I do not have current health care issues my wife seems to always have something. And of course as we age health care will be a huge issue for both of us.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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We had seriously considered relocating to the Olympic Peninsula. We did check into health care availability and concluded that routine healthcare should not be a problem, and we could always go to Seattle for special health care needs.

We made a backup offer on a beautiful and unique property just outside of Port Townsend in our first visit. We were very disappointed in learning that their first offer deal went through.

The horrible traffic in returning to Seatac both in that trip and the next O.P. trip made us think that it would have been an ordeal if we had lived on the Peninsula and needed frequent trips to healthcare specialists in Seattle.

Later on, I came across a posting from a new Peninsula resident who complained about the expensive and poor physical examination which she received after waiting for weeks to get the appointment in a doctor's office > 1 hour drive away. I don't remember whether the O.P. or a responder who pointed out the reasons for the typical poor health care services (or any professional services) in these somewhat isolated retirees-centric small cities. The key reason is the lack of good schools and amenities for young families (parks, sports activities etc.). Retirees do not want to pay high taxes to support the local schools. Without good schools and quality activities for young kids, it's easy to see why not many young professionals wanting to live in those areas.

Although we still lament the loss opportunity to own a rare, beautiful and unique property, we now think that it was a blessing in disguise.

We are having a difficult time to find acreage property with a view and a house meeting our needs within 30 minutes drive to Spokane but will keep looking. We may have to make some compromises such as buying a right-size older homes which need updating for the acreage or buying a 'huge' new home with smaller lot. Newer houses less than 2500 sq. ft on 1-2 acres lot AND near a city simply don't exist. We had considered buying some land and have a house build but there are several major obstacles. There are hardly any acreage treed lots with a view near the city, and if it's very difficult and expensive to get a well permit for an 'unimproved' lot. All the currently available improved land were subdivided into half or one acre mostly barren lots!

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Old 12-20-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm actually referring to a PM I received by a retiree who had read my posts announcing my plan and he felt obligated to warn me of the horrible health care in JC. He shared his personal experiences and said it's a common complaint, it pays very low and as a result is understaffed with new, inexperienced professionals. I then wrote a local who I learned was in the field. I found out that she was forced to relocate from her home area due to the poor healthcare. That was a pretty big statement to me.

While I do not have current health care issues my wife seems to always have something. And of course as we age health care will be a huge issue for both of us.
I haven't had any significant health issues, but many in my family are "sickly" and are being treated here. Granted, I don't know how their care ranks compared to the care available in major metropolitan or more affluent areas, but I feel it's been sufficient. Most medical problems can be treated effectively here - if you have something more exotic or a sophisticated need, true, you may end up out of the area.

Compensation is an issue in all fields in this area. Most fields here pay less than anywhere else I've been, if you can get a job to begin with, including similar low cost areas in the Midwest. Maybe this turns off the best and the brightest, but routine care seems to be handled fine here. As a retiree, our low pay won't be a problem to you.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this area has high rates of smoking, obesity, drug/alcohol abuse, about every vice or behavior you can think of that will have a negative medical impact. My mother is extremely obese and almost completely sedentary, and has high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, a blood disorder, fibromyalgia, retains fluid in her legs, among other problems.

She is literally going to physicians twice a week now and has been virtually all of her 50s. Her medical providers have tried to get her to clean up her diet and exercise for years, but she hasn't. I'm not saying that better behavior and diet would have prevented everything she has, or that you can't find people like this everywhere, but she is making her conditions worse by a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, etc. .

I know an addict who landed in an emergency room due to substance abuse, left the hospital on her own accord, then ended up overdosing and dying at that same hospital within a week.

If you look at cases like my mother and this addict, it makes the local health care system look worse than it is. You'll always find people who sabotage their own health, but there seems to be a high amount of that here. They don't have insufficient or incompetent medical care - they're failing to comply with the advice given by their medical professionals.

If anything, this area is attracting and projecting itself as a retiree destination. This includes health care's seemingly outsized influence on the local economy. If it was truly so poor, I doubt we'd be attracting lots of retirees from rich and prestigious areas. Health care is the backbone of this area's economy, such as it is.

I wouldn't let these concerns deter you if the area otherwise fits.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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That's nice to know Serious. I'm down to my once a year physical. My last one, in September showed good levels. I still have to take pills for high blood pressure & depression but adding vit. D has helped a lot.

I'll always have to use a cane or walker, due to the back injury from the car accident but very seldom take pain pills of any sort now. So it would take an emergency before that changed.

I'm looking forward to visiting this spring.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I just re-looked at Cookeville, TN, which is where I am looking for my move. They have a high quality medical center. Haven't checked out the new patient rules & will do that when I visit. I'll also check at the Chamber of Commerce & the senior center for information.

Looking at the photos posted on the Cookeville forum made me homesick for a place I've never seen.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Sold my house last week. Now the search for a new place !!!
Wow you finally sold it. Congrats and happy hunting!
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Because this is my view from the kitchen window.
Beautiful view,
Too much snow for me.
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