Q: Maureen C wrote, “My husband and I are fortunate to be able to live wherever we would like. Given my medical situation, where is the best location for me to live?”
A: There is not one best place to live in general, because everyone has different needs and desires. Some prefer cold climates and some like it hot! Some prefer overcast damper weather, and others prefer to see the sun every day. And some like living at the seashore and others prefer the altitude of the mountains. Many patients try to get away from local pollen allergies, not realizing they will likely develop allergies to the new local weeds, trees, and grasses within a few months. So it is a highly individualized matter. However, I do have some suggestions. Most important, I think, is to be near family, friends, or some other support network. Next, it is important to be surrounded by a good medical community. You will likely need a variety of specialists, especially as you get older, so you don’t want to live an hour from each of your doctors! If energy is markedly limited, you will want to live where shops and services are very nearby, preferably within a short stroll or drive. Consider also the type of climate and latitude that suits you best. Lastly, choose a location that is financially suitable and the cost of living is reasonable.