Every day we live, we are one day closer to the day we are gone. Morbid? Not really, just reality. With that bit of good cheer out of the way, let's talk about the issue that seldom gets mentioned, other than in passing (no not that passing). Virtually every promotional aspect of Sun City AZ is about how much fun it is to live in the community that started the idea of active retirement living. Golfing, working out, laying by the pool, joining clubs and non-stop partying with friends was ever present. We always joked that we didn't come here to die, but to live life to the fullest extent possible. And to some extent, it's true. What we often gloss over is that as we do that, we get older. Tomorrow i turn 70 and damn those last 15 years flew by. We were fortunate enough to get here at age 55 and it was easily one of the best decisions we ever made. Work was way over-rated. In December of 2017, i realized i wasn't getting any younger. When i stepped on the scale, i hated what i saw, how i felt and how it slowed me down. So on December 5 i dragged my fat ass into the many gyms we have here and started to get serious about getting healthy. In my first three months i dropped 50 pounds and within the first 5 was down 65. That was cool, except everyone kept asking me if i was on my deathbed. I'd laugh and say no, but i'm not sure anyone believed me. Since i hadn't had a physical in more than 5 years i went to a doctor and of course he scheduled a battery of tests. It was a bit taxing to keep running from one doctor visit to the next, but everything was within the walls and easily doable. My last visit was a colonoscopy. I will spare you the gory details, suffice to say, it was a piece of cake. No, not the day before with drinking the laxatives and the morning before with the fasting and all the ugliness in between, but the place that did it was nothing short of spectacular. In and out, literally, it was that easy. All of which leads me to the point of this thread. Sun City has evolved into one of the best medical settings in the country. We had 16 strip malls in Sun City and with the demise of bricks and mortar stores, several of them have converted to almost entirely to medical offices. And damned if they didn't do them both right and well. We all know how good Banner/Boswell hospital is, but these outpatient/doctor office/surgery centers have become something over and above the norm. Sleek, large and handling large numbers is a breeze for them. They have a massive client base and they do it far better than anything i remember. The simple reality is as we age, stuff wears out and doctors play a bigger role in our existence. Most age restricted communities have little or no immediate hospitals or doctor offices. Land is just too expensive for developers to waste on anything but lots for homes or the occasional rec center. Sun City's transformation was brilliant and is a win-win for both the medical profession and patient alike. I know, when you are looking to buy here, you don't want to think about getting old, but with a little luck, you will. The idea that any doctor you need is within a mile or two of your house is just another added bonus of living within the white walls of Sun City. Oh, and by the why, i am as healthy as can be.