This guest blog was contributed by Jan Bailey; Coordinator of the Over the hill? Ageing in rural England campaign. She previously worked with the Rural Media Company on Travellers Remember project.
Rural retirement is the dream of many an urban dweller. In fact, in a recent survey 57% of those over 55s questioned stated that the idea of moving to a rural area in their retirement was either appealing or very appealing,
Perhaps this is not surprising when one considers the way that rural life is depicted on our TV screens. Rolling countryside, beautiful scenery, wholesome country folk and traditional lifestyles all contribute to the vision of a great place to retire.
Undoubtedly, the reality does often live up to the dream –especially for those in their middle years who are fit and able and willing to get involved with their local communities.
However, for the frail, immobile or isolated, rural living can present difficulties not always appreciated by the aspiring rural retiree. Continue reading “Wise up to Rural Ageing!”