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musings about moving
Iris L.
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:15 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18342


I travelled with my neighbor, who moved away last month, to the area he wants to move to.  It's about two hours away, in a small town in an agricultural area.  He is looking at a senior 55+ development.  He introduced me to his real estate agent in hopes that I would be interested in buying and moving there too.

Although the 55+ development is very nice, I don't think it is for me at this time.  I've spent the night thinking about how it would be if I moved to that small town.
 

 

Everyone there pretty much lives on their own.  There is no support in the development, and from what I can see, little support in that small town.  Although I am not pleased with all the resources in my city, there are numerous resources here for seniors.   

 

Also, I live in an area with world-class major university medical centers, so I'm not concerned about lacking medical care.  There is transportation here also for seniors who don't drive, and we do have extensive public transportation. 

 

Future living arrangements are an important topic.  It's good for me to have some guidelines as to what to choose from.  From what I have read on the boards, patients who live in rural areas are encouraged to think about moving to larger areas with more resources.  Moving to this locality would be going in the opposite direction, moving to an area with fewer resources.  It is quiet and peaceful, but that's not enough.

Iris L.
 


Mimi S.
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:39 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7027


Good thinking Iris.
llee08032
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:22 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408


Moving is a major life decision especially, since you live alone. Perhaps there is a similar 55+ community near where your living now that you might want to look into? I love rural environments but not the isolation now because I live alone. I didn't get the particular house that I first put in a bid for in my community. I kept coming back to the community just driving around and then to look at other houses that were on the market. I had this homey safe feeling every time I came in the community. There were other important features such as low association fees and good locality to work, stores, highways, doctors and hospitals.
llee08032
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:23 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408


I keep forgetting to bold this darn grey font!
jfkoc
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 10:55 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 21118


medial care trumps quiet and peaceful in my book....
Myriam
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:58 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


I just moved a week ago to a 62+ independent living building because I declined from very mild to mild. The move, then 2 days later traveling to D.C. for a conference (Changing Global Care for Alzheimer's and Dementia), then missing my return flight, then getting up at 6 a.m. with little sleep, then flying back to Seattle, then getting home to a place full of boxes and not knowing where everything is. Then the next day, going to a long subcommittee meeting to work on Washington State's Alzheimer's Plan...all may have contributed to my decline. Have to get everything unpacked and put away, and hopefully, after all is said and done, I'll pop back up to very mild decline. 

 

Love living here. Everyone is friendly and I'm told that if you are not heard from or seen in a 3 or 4 days, someone will knock on the door to make sure you're OK. Here there are lots of activities to choose from...and they accept dogs!  


llee08032
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:30 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408


Myriam,


Your new home sounds lovely. I hope you and Joe Cocker are very happy there!

 

Moving for me was a traumatic and a derailing experience. I still cannot get organized or remember where I put things. Fortunately, I have a garage where all the stuff is that I can't find a place for or can't deal with yet. It's been a year this month since the move. The garage looks like the hoarder's show but I am bothered less by it and it's become the least of my worries. I like that you have socialization opportunities and support. I hope you get back to very mild soon!


Myriam
Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:18 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


I'm back to the very early stage. Hope it lasts. Still living among boxes, but decided to take my time and not worry about getting everything done right away. My sister is coming to visit me in a couple of days, so had to set up the guest bedroom. I'll get her to help me finish up unpacking. Then the following week I fly to Denver to visit her. I'm tired of traveling, but am racking up the frequent flier miles. Need to settle down!
creeky88
Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:59 PM
Joined: 7/12/2014
Posts: 35


Myriam wrote:

Love living here. Everyone is friendly and I'm told that if you are not heard from or seen in a 3 or 4 days, someone will knock on the door to make sure you're OK. Here there are lots of activities to choose from...and they accept dogs!

What a wild & crazy-making week you've had! I love that you love living there!

 

I don't do change well(at all), & a move would do me in! Well, no it wouldn't, because I have this board for support, encouragement & ya'lls personal experiences to help me through anything.

 

I bet Joe Cocker has already found some new fur-ends to hang with!

 

Great to hear you're back at the very early stage!

llee08032
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 9:40 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408


Easy does it....((((Myriam))))
alz+
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:01 AM
Joined: 9/12/2013
Posts: 3608


Myriam  ; Good for you and Joe Cocker.

 

I can remember every neighbor dog's name and never the owner's. If we could move some place it is always about living where it is easy to have my dog, and I have never been without a dog in my life.

 

I live in one of those isolated rural peaceful communities. I would take what I have before moving for better medical care as medical care has never been a pleasant thing for me but every day I can get out in nature alone is a really good day.

 

and if a neighbor dog wants to come along for a walk, all the better.

 

Enjoy! I admire all of you so much and thank you for making me feel welcome on these boards.