Wise up to Rural Ageing!

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!”

A good place to live?

Cambridge countryside by Flickr user carl m
Photo by Carl M via Flickr

According to a recent survey conducted by Halifax, the countryside around Cambridge is the best place to live in rural Britain. It scored well for its mix of high incomes, life expectancy, good health and high educational standards. Apparently the good weather experienced there was also a factor.

The survey examined every rural location and scored them on criteria ranging from the size of homes, traffic flow, employment and crime, to the aforementioned weather and exam results, to create a chart of desirable places to live.

However, there is another side to rural living, especially as we age. Within 20 years half the adult population in England will be aged 50 years and over, and will account for 40% of the total population. Rural areas are ageing at a faster rate than urban areas and the fastest rate of growth is amongst the oldest old (age 85 years and over). Continue reading “A good place to live?”