When considering a new place to live or being relocated by your employer, many retirees’ (or close to retirement) families are most interested in a location that offers a reasonable cost of living, low crime, superior health care and cultural diversity.
This picturesque city in Northern Colorado offers outdoor fun for all seasons. With an average of 27 inches of snow a year in Northern Colorado, there’s plenty of the white stuff for cross-country skiing and other winter sports within a one-hour drive. During the summer months, you can grab a kayak and start paddling on many local lakes and reservoirs. Since Loveland averages 300 days of sunshine annually, residents can enjoy amenities like miles upon miles of hiking trails, national forest access and sightseeing opportunities throughout the year.
When outdoor activities grow tiresome, you can count your savings. With almost a dozen active-adult retirement communities to choose from, retirees can find exactly what they are looking for at a very affordable cost.
There’s also an abundance of low-cost and free activities. Retirees can take advantage of a wealth of offerings from the Chilson Recreation and Senior Center. In a seniors-only area, the more mature demographic enjoys billiards and other activities, and a full program of senior events is offered, including potlucks, afternoon teas and exercise classes. Further services include senior nutrition classes, blood pressure checks, foot care clinics, adult wellness clinics provided by Larimer County Health Department, therapeutic massage and spa treatments, pedicures and manicures, Medicare assistance and day trips.
Loveland has an international reputation as an art and culture community, primarily comprised of sculptors and tranquil sculpture gardens, as it showcases its work at the annual Sculpture in the Park and Art in the Park events in mid-August, but also has over $9 million of public art displayed year round. The Loveland Public Library completed a 27,000-square-foot addition in 2012 that houses a technology center with free Wi-Fi access and a variety of classes.
Loveland is fortunate to have many top-notch healthcare facilities. Among the many national awards bestowed upon Medical Center of the Rockies, the hospital played an integral part in Poudre Valley Health System receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an honor created by congress to recognize the nation’s top-performing organizations. Another local hospital, McKee Medical Center with Banner Health Systems, offers adult specialties in geriatrics, orthopedics, pulmonology, gastroenterology as well as neurology & neurosurgery. Orthopedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) have 23 board-certified physicians that specialize in the medicine of motion.
For many years, Money magazine has placed Loveland on their “Best Place to Live” and “Best Place to Retire” lists. With almost a dozen active-adult retirement communities to choose from, an abundance of low-cost and free activities and many top-notch health care facilities, these titles come as little surprise.