I went to nursing school 30+ years ago for the express purpose of being able to move anywhere and be able to work. My "anywhere" has always been the Rocky Mountains. It would be just me and whatever dog I had at the time, living in the splendor and the wonder of the mountains. Well, life didn't turn out as planned, as so often happens, and I've been stuck here in Memphis,TN, disabled for over 25 years, and approaching my 60th birthday in August.
My time left on Earth is relatively short, and I very desperately want to move to the Rocky Mountains and spend my final years there. I have backpacked in Colorado several times, so I know what I'm missing out on. I can't look at pictures of those adventures without crying, fearful that I'll never make it back there. Unfortunately, my only income is my monthly disability payment, though I've survived on that alone for the 10 years since I left my husband. My material needs are few: a roof over my head, food for my dog and myself, and indoor plumbing would be really nice😊. Nothing fancy, just the basics, as I have now. My question that I need help with is, is there ANYWHERE in the Rocky Mountains(CO, MT, ID, WY,) that I can afford to live a few years before I die, or must I resign myself to a life of failed expectations and broken dreams, dying in some crappy nursing home in Memphis, never to see my beloved mountains again? Small town, crossroads in the dirt, whatever. Is there such a place? I've spent hours on Google, atlas opened wide, highlighter in hand.....searching for "cheapest", "lowest cost of living", "best income to rent ratio", but it's entirely overwhelming. I will have to rent, an apartment or house, because I have nothing for a down payment. I guess I should mention that my 2020 monthly disability benefit is only $1406. It goes up very slightly each year. PLEASE HELP a desperate old lady!! Jean Tarry