We have just had an “episode” with one of our parents, all of whom are just under or over 90 years of age. One of the possible outcomes of this event would be the inability to drive. It got me thinking about how dependent we are on the car, and what a huge life changer it is when one can no longer drive.
And it made me think of Orvieto and what a wonderful place it is in which to get old. It is great for at least two reasons.
- As long as you can walk, you can get everything you need within walking distance of your home – food, medical care, household items – everything.
- The ability to get out on foot means you are not isolated. You run into people you know, you make appointments to get together which require only that you walk – nobody to drive you.
What a blessing this is. One of our friends in Orvieto tells us she gets out on the street “to know she is alive.” She runs into friends, meets them for coffee, joins them for meals. It’s marvelous. Even if you just want to get out in the street and feel the comfort of other people’s presence, it is doable all day, in every season.
Great camaraderie, independence, a fulfilling life in one’s golden years. I hope the Orvietani know how lucky they are!!