Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Healthy Location for Retirees

Posted By Pete Hill

HAZEL PACHTMAN, 86, has lived in a small Cape-style home in New Hyde Park since 1949. More than a decade ago, she and her husband, Sheldon, 80, started spending six months a year in Delray Beach, Fla.

But the traveling was cumbersome, and because Mrs. Pachtman preferred New York, they sold their Florida condominium three years ago and returned to Long Island full time.
“It is a great place all around to live in,” Mrs. Pachtman said.
Apparently her sentiment is often echoed among the 50,000 older residents of the Nassau County town of North Hempstead, because recently designated it the second-healthiest place to retire in America, trailing Anaheim, Calif. (Nearby Huntington was No. 18; other contenders in the New York City area were Fort Lee, N.J., at No. 3, and Yonkers, N.Y., at No. 4.)

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