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Old 04-11-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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Anyone happen to know what life might look like in Montpelier for social, physically active 75yo? Asking for my folks, who are most definitely not the bingo-playing types. Just wondering if there is a fairly vibrant older community there? Some other towns we've investigated fit the traditional senior center stereotype. While my folks are aware of the march of time, they do not consider themselves "old," and would need to be among other like-minded, equally active peers.

Much appreciated!
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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Don't, don't, DON'T limit yourself to being entertained in your golden years-- pick a town that needs some elbow grease, some prodding, some campaigning. Adopt a cause and wade in.

Montpelier probably has a few-- you could always lobby in the statehouse for the Vermont Workers Center or Vermont Health Care for All. Do the shuffleboard, yoga, walking group and lifelong learning courses in your spare time.

If you want more of a challenge, choose Springfield.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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If you parents want to revisit what life was like in the Great Depression, by all means send them to Springfield as cgregor suggests; however, to answer your question, yes healthy and active retirees in Montpelier will find no end of things to do. From an exercise/activity standpoint, there's no end to what available (except for a beach). They'll have to be able to withstand a long winter (lots to do then as well), but I would not be too concerned that they'll be without an active life, both physically and intellectually.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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sovertennis, I'm afraid you must be too young to know what life was like in the Great Depression! Springfield is only about halfway there mentally; materially, it's not even close. But I agree in principle with your opinion.
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Old 04-14-2015, 04:19 AM
 
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sovertennis, I'm afraid you must be too young to know what life was like in the Great Depression! Springfield is only about halfway there mentally; materially, it's not even close. But I agree in principle with your opinion.
I think Windsor has Springfield beat (but not by much!) in terms of a downhill slide that hasn't bottomed out yet!
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:21 PM
 
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I think Windsor has Springfield beat (but not by much!) in terms of a downhill slide that hasn't bottomed out yet!
Sadly, that's true for most of the state not within Chittenden County or Montpelier (and I include my town on the list).
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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I'm 30, so I can't speak to what a retiree's life in Montpelier would be like, but depending on your parents' interests, I think they'd love it. Just based on my limited experience there (a few organizations, summer festivals and parades, indie movie theatre on a Friday night), there seem to be a number of active and social retirees in the area.

It's a lovely walkable downtown area and, if they can handle the long, cold, snowy winters and the overall liberal-leaning politics of the area (and that's a generalization because I don't think Vermont is as "liberal" across the board as folks from outside of Vermont seem to think it is), Montpelier would be an ideal place to retire if you ask me!

It's a really charming town (technically it may be a city, but it sure feels like a town!) with a very involved community, from what I've experienced so far.
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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Thanks, just saw your post regarding NC. Glad to see that folks aren't as liberal as we tend to think of them. While I am without a doubt liberal, there is some lawmaking going on up there that leaves the mountain girl in me a little twitchy. I find Montpelier to be a mini A'ville, would you say that's about right?
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