Locational Differences in the Older Population

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  • 0:02 Late Adulthood
  • 0:49 Retirement Regions
  • 2:17 Access to Care
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

As people age, they sometimes find that the place where they're living doesn't meet their needs. Watch this lesson to find out what happens when retirees decide to move and what makes a good setting for older adults.

Late Adulthood

Stuart is going to turn 70 next year, and he's very excited. He recently retired and loves his life now that he doesn't have to go to work every day. He's enjoying pursuing hobbies and meeting up with friends. But Stuart is starting to wonder if he's in the right place for him. When he was younger and needed to work, his town was a good choice because there were many good jobs there. But now that he's retired, he wonders if he should move someplace different.

Stuart is in late adulthood, or the time of life after age 65. During this time, many people find that they are retired and their needs have changed from when they were younger. Let's look closer at the geography of older adults, including how location can affect your life in late adulthood.

Retirement Regions

Stuart is starting to think that he's not in the right place for him. Where he lives now was really good when he needed a job, but now he's retired, and he's noticed that there are certain things that aren't as good in his current town. For example, every winter they get a lot of snow; that means that Stuart ends up shoveling snow all winter, and it's getting harder to do as he gets older.

Throughout the United States, there are retirement regions, or areas that are common for people to retire to. For example, many people retire to the South. This is a good choice for many due to the weather. Warmer weather, like is common in the South, means that Stuart won't have to shovel snow all winter. In addition, warmer weather can have a positive effect on some physical ailments. For example, Stuart's arthritis tends to act up more when it's cold; if he lived in a warmer place down South, he might not have as much pain and inflammation.

Another great advantage of retirement regions is that of community. Community is a big draw for many people because it allows them to avoid isolation. This is a very good thing because isolation can lead to serious physical and psychological issues. If Stuart chooses to move to a retirement region, he's likely to be surrounded by people who are similar in age to him and have similar interests. With a large support system from other retirees, Stuart is likely to find that isolation isn't a problem for him.

Access to Care

Stuart isn't just thinking about warm weather and other retirees when he's thinking about moving. When he first settled in his town, he was young and healthy and didn't need much in the way of medical attention. But now, he's older and starting to see some medical issues crop up, like his arthritis. He's also worried that if anything serious happened, he would want to be near good medical facilities.

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