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Old 01-22-2017, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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That would be too far for me. I always lived close to everything and I wasn't in a city. Before I moved I checked the distance online and that helped me decide on the area within the area that I moved to.

A hospital and any type of medical facility you could think of, grocery store and many types of retail, a decent selection of restaurants, all within 1 and a half miles. There is nothing I could ever need more than 5 miles away. Anything farther would be a want not a need, mostly other forms of entertainment.

My sibling moved from their retirement home because of distance. After a few years 20 minutes to a store got very annoying.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:27 AM
 
Location: NC
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The issue is more about whether you can drive or not. Once you get in the car, does it matter if you need to drive 5 min, 10 min. or 20 min? Not really. But if you become infirm in some way, physically or mentally, driving yourself even a mile away might be too much. And if you live 0.5 mi from the grocery store, do you think you can walk cross all that traffic or walk carrying your bags of food all the way home? It is not that easy. How far could you walk to the doctor when you are 80?

To me the issue is more what kind of support system is available. You mentioned Uber and taxis, but some areas also have transport for seniors and that might be cheaper. I tend to look at my senior life in 5 yr increments, and realize that in 5 yrs I might need to change my living arrangements to something more 'restrictive' due to change in mobility or health. But hopefully I can live where I want to for at least the next 5 yrs. Of course your home purchase needs to be such that you can sell it relatively quickly if your circumstances change dramatically.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:58 AM
 
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I cannot tell you if living in a remote area makes sense to you. I would suggest you look at the future. If you are on the fringes of an urban area, you could see more development and more stores. Or the opposite might happen. In my area, the local medical clinic closes its doors 15 years ago and the property is now a gas station. The chain that owned the large local grocery store went bankrupt. The store has been vacant for 3 years. The situation is worse in many rural areas where jobs have been lost and businesses are closing.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:16 AM
 
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Less than an hour.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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It's a 15 minute drive from my little town into the city for shopping at the big box stores. My little town offers shuttle service into the city for those 65+ or disabled.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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I have never in my life lived far from amenities but am thinking of a house that is a bit far, for me, from certain types of amenities.

Lovely area, crime free, lots of retirees. Grocery stores, pharmacies 6 minutes away by car. A WalMart SuperCenter 11 minutes away (by car). An emergency clinic, and veterinarians are 10 mins away. This is pretty good.

But doctors, Mall, Target, Sam's Club, Hospitals, Best Buy, pet stores, things like that - those are 1/2 hour away.

I should mention that I'm gauging things by travel time by car. Mileage may be greater, since the house is semi-rural, but few traffic lights, and able to travel on main thoroughfares to get places. (The 1/2 hour mileage is between 15 and 20 miles, for most things.)

This would be fine for now, I suppose. But what about when I get to be 70, 75, 80, 85? Too far for a senior?

A cab would go out there to pick me up, if I would call one, I suppose. I'd have to wait a while for it to get there. Cabs aren't used much in the city, although they are there. (No Uber or Lyft.) There is no public transportation.

How far is too far for a senior?
How far are you from the "doctors, Mall, Target, Sam's Club, Hospitals, Best Buy, pet stores, things like that - those are 1/2 hour away." Now?

Do you anticipate continuing to drive for many years.....or will driving be something medically compromised in the near future?

Do you have "Lovely area, crime free, lots of retirees. Grocery stores, pharmacies 6 minutes away by car. A WalMart SuperCenter 11 minutes away (by car). An emergency clinic, and veterinarians are 10 mins away." Where you are now?

Weigh those and you'll have your answer.

Question, is this concerning the home you were considering in another recent thread?
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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If I have a stroke, I want to be close enough to a top hospital for the IV tPA. I also want the ambulance and EMT to be figuratively right around the corner. I've got three hours to get the IV in my arm. Tic. Tic. Tic.

I'd say 1 mile from the fire department ambulance would be optimal, 10 minutes from a decent hospital, and 30 minutes @ 80 mph with the lights and siren going to a Level 1 trauma center. A MedEvac copter in a rural area might or might not be available. If I have three hours before I'm a vegetable, I'd rather not bet my life on it.

I want to be striking distance from world class specialists. 60 miles or so. I'd want a good selection of primary care and 2nd tier specialists within 15 minutes. At some point, I can't drive and transportation is going to be an issue.

With internet shopping and a chest freezer, the distance from amenities is more about convenience. Ignoring the medical issue, I'd be fine with an hour ferry ride to civilization as long as there were a bunch of interesting people to hang out with on the island.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:57 AM
 
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bpollen, I live in just the sort of area you have described, although we do have a new WalMart just a mile from my house. Getting to the hospital, specialist doctors, major shopping, movies, or other amenities is a 45 minute drive. The other day I went to the pharmacy, the library, and the credit union and drove 25 miles round trip, but that seems normal to me since I've live here for 14 years. At age 66 with no relatives nearby, I rely on paid "helpers" if I have to get to a doctor's appointment that requires assistance (for example, if I have a procedure with anesthesia). I plan to continue using them in the future, or hire others if needed. Worst case scenario, I'll get them to take me to the WalMart too so I can do my shopping, or run to the vets for a pet appointment. It's still cheaper than buying a house in the nearest city, as the prices have gone up so much there, and if I need a great deal of assistance here, then I'd need it there as well.
This is a great idea. Paid helpers. If those exist in the area. Even if not, I bet I could get a couple of them. Youngish moms who don't work but could use a few extra dollars here and there, maybe.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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I'm younger than most here, and likely facing an involuntary retirement. Living in the countryside some distance from a small "city", and about 25 miles from one of Ohio's second-tier cities, I have tended to combine errands and entertainment and whatnot, with the workplace commute. Shopping, going to the gym, the bank and so forth, gets done during lunch, or after work. Thus the distance from one's residence, to the site of businesses, the library, medical facilities and so forth, has not been much of an impediment. However, if/when not working, any venture of any kind - to mail a letter, to fetch a loaf of bread, to visit the public library to use the internet - becomes a trip of some 10 miles. This is not particularly taxing, as I have several vehicles, and the roads are generally in good condition, save for the occasional pothole or the inevitable damage caused by heavy farm-implements traversing from field to field. But it does mean that trips have to be planned carefully. Any errand becomes a large mark punctuating one's day. If having already ventured out, it is tempting to remain out, so that a trip begun right before lunch, entails a lingering in town throughout the day, past dinner.

Yearning for privacy and self-determination, must be balanced with yearning for companionship and the participatory sense of belonging in society's throng and sway. I enjoy the privacy of a long driveway on a tertiary road, the sound of birds and coyotes, the gurgling of a swollen brook receiving weeks of harsh Midwestern winter torrents. But there are times, when even in the best of health and athletic condition, one feels a queasy isolation, shuttered, shunted, missing out, in merely passive contemplation of a world frenetically in progress unabated. And this is when we question our lifestyle arrangements and the drive towards making of oneself something of a country-squire.

In short, for those of comparatively good physical and material wherewithal, the logistical difficulties of living "too far" are readily overcome. But the psychological differences are thornier.
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:01 AM
 
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The issue is more about whether you can drive or not. Once you get in the car, does it matter if you need to drive 5 min, 10 min. or 20 min? Not really. But if you become infirm in some way, physically or mentally, driving yourself even a mile away might be too much. And if you live 0.5 mi from the grocery store, do you think you can walk cross all that traffic or walk carrying your bags of food all the way home? It is not that easy. How far could you walk to the doctor when you are 80?

To me the issue is more what kind of support system is available. You mentioned Uber and taxis, but some areas also have transport for seniors and that might be cheaper. I tend to look at my senior life in 5 yr increments, and realize that in 5 yrs I might need to change my living arrangements to something more 'restrictive' due to change in mobility or health. But hopefully I can live where I want to for at least the next 5 yrs. Of course your home purchase needs to be such that you can sell it relatively quickly if your circumstances change dramatically.
Good idea. I will check on senior support systems. I didn't know about such a thing.
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