Retirement and Health

Throw the Dice

Throw the Dice

Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out in this game of “Where Should We Retire?”, along comes another factor to consider.  The other day I opened up the paper and saw this article about which states are the healthiest for seniors.  Hmmm!  I hadn’t really considered that in our retirement deliberations.

Forget Michigan!

Forget Michigan!

Got a drinking problem?  You don’t want to live in Alaska.  That’s the worst place you can go.  Struggling with extra pounds?  Head to Hawaii.  Apparently, looking at all those tanned bodies in Speedos and bikinis will put you on the dieting straight and narrow.  Whatever you do, don’t go to Michigan.  That’s the worst state for anyone who packs on pounds easily, according to the article.

Couch Potato Central

Couch Potato Central

One area we’ve been seriously considering just got struck a direct hit in this article.  Since we have one child living on the East Coast and another in Houston, we thought that perhaps we should settle in Tennessee and just split the difference.  Well, if you tend towards sloth (cough, cough, and BIG squirm), you don’t want to live in Tennessee.  You guessed it…that’s the worst state for those who are physically inactive.  You’d be better off heading to Colorado.

We aren’t smokers but if YOU are, you might want to consider retiring in Utah.  There apparently aren’t many smokers in that state.  Whatever you do, don’t go to Nevada.  I guess everyone must light up in those casinos.   And if you want to make sure that you continue to practice good dental hygiene in your golden years, consider settling in Connecticut.  On the other hand, West Virginia might not be such a great choice.

Neutral Territory

Neutral Territory

 

On the plus side, Texas is neither known for being a healthy haven or for being a magnet for unhealthy lifestyles.  That’s good news. That still doesn’t solve the dilemma of figuring out where to settle but it IS one less thing to worry about.  I think it’s time to break out the guacamole and cheese enchiladas while I ponder this latest news for seniors.  A girl needs her brain food, after all.

 

 

 

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