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Good and bad sides of aging in a rural setting

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You’ve reached your golden years, and it’s time for you to retire, sit back and enjoy all the fruits of your hard work. If you are tired of the crowded and noisy big city, aging in a rural setting is an ideal choice for you.
Nowadays, so many people choose to leave cities and change their scenery to a more natural environment. However, this is a big step. You need to review and analyze all pros and cons that country life brings. Hopefully, this article will help you make that decision more easily.
Good sides of aging in a rural setting
When you think about the countryside, you imagine endless pastures and green fields all around you. Nothing but the sound of crickets at night while you wake up with birds chirping. Sounds like heaven!
Below you can find reasons why aging in a rural setting is a good choice:
● Various health benefits:
Spending time in the countryside can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. This applies to everyone, no matter what age.
One of the most significant benefits of living in the countryside is that the air is much cleaner. This means lower risks to develop any respiratory or heart issues. Breathing fresh air helps clear your lungs, lowers your blood pressure, gives you more energy, and overall boosts your immune system.
We all know how eating healthy is very important. In the countryside, there are many farms that give you easy access to organic and quality food. If you enjoy agriculture, even better – you can spend your time growing your own fruits and vegetables.

Organic fruits and vegetables
It is much easier to find homegrown, organic food in rural than in urban areas.

Even if you suffer from a chronic illness, living in the countryside can help you manage it. On top of that, there are also different home care options you can consider.
● Aging in a rural setting is safer and the community is friendlier:
Another reason to consider retiring in the countryside is that crime rates are lower than in urban areas. This is directly connected to the fact that communities are smaller and much more friendly than in big cities.
There is a big chance that everyone knows each other, so any strange behavior is noticed immediately. Crimes are less likely to be committed in villages or small towns, and you can automatically worry less about your own or the safety of your loved ones.
City life can make you feel alienated from other people, while this is almost impossible in the countryside. People living there are known for their hospitality – they are usually very friendly and always willing to help.
● Cheaper cost of living and closeness to nature:
When it comes to real estate, it is no secret that housing is cheaper in rural areas. Taxes are lower, as well. And not just that; if you take into account transportation costs and many other everyday expenses you have in the city, you will be saving a lot if you move to the country. If you want to, you can even be self-sufficient.

Happy couple aging in a rural setting.
In the countryside, you’re surrounded by nature, and you can spend days exploring different places.

With nature all around you, you will feel peace and quiet, which you can only dream of when living in a city. In the countryside, you’ll find less stress and more opportunity for outdoor activities.
Retirement in the city?
Living in an urban area is entirely different than living in the countryside. Although rural life is less stressful, city life offers many opportunities and excitement that can’t be found in the country.
The United States has a lot of senior-friendly cities that you can consider living in. Lately, with near 4000 miles of shoreside, Maryland is becoming very popular to spend your retirement in. Some of the cities that offer the best living conditions for seniors are located in Maryland. With its rich history, mild climate, and low taxes, it might be a perfect state for you to move to when you retire.
Bad sides of aging in a rural setting
Like everything else, aging in a rural setting has its negative sides. The reasons below might help you decide on whether to retire in an urban or rural area:
● Healthcare access is limited:
One of the major concerns for senior citizens is access to healthcare, and in rural areas, you can come across various access barriers. Getting the care that they need is usually very difficult for smalltown residents.
No matter how good the local doctor is, specialized medical facilities are usually very far away. There is also a workforce shortage in rural area health care all over the United States. This is the biggest reason why people choose to stay in cities after retirement.
● Transportation and lack of facilities:
Although you do get privacy and isolation, you also get distance from supermarkets, clothing stores, restaurants, and most importantly, hospitals. Say goodbye to walking distance – if you plan on aging in a rural setting, be prepared to drive a lot.
The further you go into the countryside, the more public transport becomes rarer. True, there are various transport options for seniors, but if you are used to ordering food to your door or having your groceries delivered, you might want to reconsider moving to the countryside.
● Dangers you can’t find in the city:
If you live in the city, you have probably encountered wildlife only in the zoo, but if you decide to move to a rural area, be prepared for run-ins with many types of animals.

Forest fire.
Forest fires are just one type of danger you can come across when living in the countryside.

Depending on where you live, you might see bears, snakes, coyotes, and other dangerous animals. There is also a variety of small animals that can do a lot of damage to your home, such as squirrels, mice, or raccoons, and if you are not a fan of insects, the countryside is definitely not for you.
Rural or urban?
There are many more reasons to support or undermine life in the countryside, but we sincerely hope this article helped you weigh your options and decide if you should be aging in a rural setting. Whatever you decide, we’re positive it will suit your needs and personality in the best way. Happy retirement!

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Author: Lindsay Denton

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