The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - VL56
Retiring in the Roanoke Valley
has so many perks, it's no wonder the area has been recognized as one of the top places to retire in the U.S.
many times over. Activities are plentiful, retirement and health care facilities are numerous and education
programs are also available. There's never been a better time to retire in Roanoke.
The Roanoke Valley has become a haven for residents
of all ages, especially for those looking to retire in a picturesque setting with a variety of opportunities, services and
Retiree Thomas Ryder notes that Roanoke has "gone from
a place with tired options for retirees to a place that's easily
accessible to people of all ages. As a new retiree, I revel in
that transformation. For me, it came just in time. In a sense,
Roanoke is experiencing its own Fountain of Youth."
Opportunities for housing, personal and medical care, recreation, entertainment, volunteering and education abound.
Exercise and recreation programs and facilities are plentiful in the Roanoke Valley. They include, but are not limited
to, Salem Parks and Recreation Senior Center, large YMCAs
in Roanoke and Salem, the Greenfield Center in Botetourt
County, the Carilion Wellness' Roanoke and Botetourt Fitness
Centers, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Adult
Care Center of the Roanoke Valley, Senior Moments (free senior exercise and wellness program offered by Carilion) and
the Anchor of Hope Community Center.
Ryder is a Roanoke native and retired teacher, who moved
away, but returned to Roanoke mid-career, "because I missed
Roanoke." He is retired here now. He says, "Roanoke is situated
in an unparalleled scenic bowl, surrounded by inviting and accessible mountains. The extensive greenway trail network is
truly astounding. Within five minutes, I can be on a trail somewhere in the valley; in woods or fields, by a stream or lake. I love
visiting the many different rock outcroppings that offer stunning
views of our valley the next valley, or the ones beyond that."
Retirement and health care facilities range broadly from
independent living, to assisted living, to complete care, some
in a single setting. Facilities like Richfield, the Glebe, Brandon Oaks, The Park Oak Grove, Friendship Retirement Community, Our Lady of the Valley, Pheasant Ridge and even the
Virginia Veteran's Care Center have a wide range of services
and physical attractions.
Carilion Clinic and LewisGale Medical Center provide highlevel care. Says President/CEO Nancy Agee of Carilion, "I've lived
Eye-opening lectures. Stimulating conversation.
The life here never gets old.
Your senses will love living at The Glebe.
In so many ways, this Life Care retirement
community in the Roanoke Valley is a
stimulating place to call home. Words
spoken here in a lecture program, notes
heard in a live performance, tastes enjoyed
in one of several dining venues - those are
some of the qualities that make life here
extraordinary. What are the others? Call
and listen to the tempting details.
Blue Ridge Living
200 The Glebe Boulevard
Daleville, Virginia 24083
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