Porches with rocking chairs are plentiful in the two Bluefields, but for retirees who would rather stay busy, the region has much to offer.
A strong religious heritage dating back to the 1700s has continued throughout the region’s history. Churches of all sizes representing a broad range of denominations reach into their surrounding communities with programs that provide opportunities for retirees to gather for events, dinners, programs, travel together to interesting destinations or volunteer for church-related projects.
Retirees willing to volunteer can also offer their time and talents to nationally-known civic organizations or to hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, food pantries, and schools through such programs as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Foster Grandparents. Other senior-focused volunteer and activity programs are available through CASE of WV and the Clinch Valley Retired and Senior Citizen’s Program. Cultural events such as plays and concerts allow retirees to actually be part of the cast and crew or to relax in the audience and enjoy the performances.
Health and housing are critical areas to consider when choosing a retirement destination, and the two Bluefields have much to offer in these categories. Modern hospitals, fitness centers, and doctors performing state-of-the-art procedures will help you maintain your active lifestyle, along with your choice of pharmacies that are part of national chains or locally-owned. You may be surprised at the affordability and variety of housing available in the area. Whether you prefer land for building, a small house in town, or a big house in the country, these choices and more are waiting for you at a cost much less than you would be asked to pay in other parts of the country. If services are needed, assisted living and nursing facilities are available throughout the area and one facility, a faith-based retirement community, offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care all in one location.
Whether your time is spent enjoying the view from a porch rocker or taking in all that the two Bluefields have to offer, your mind will be put at ease with the knowledge that you have retired in an area with a surprisingly low cost of living and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Safe, affordable, and fulfilling – what more could you ask for from your retirement destination?