I don't have Sjogren's, but I have Sicca. I discovered the sicca IN Hawaii, where there's always a breeze.
Yes the weather is marvelous there all of the time, but there is a breeze too, which can dry your eyes.
I've lived in El Paso, in high desert at 4,000 feet. Marvelous weather, but very dry. Humidifier necessary all winter. And there is a constant breeze, again, which can be very drying.
The heat in El Paso isn't nearly as bad as in Phoenix, not as hot because it's so high. Unfortunately there isn't anything else but nice weather in El Paso, and the medical services are abominable.
I've lived in Kansas, which is the worst of all possible worlds. Very hot and humid in the summer, and lots of snow and cold in the winter.
Rhode Islands (4 years) and Boston (25 years) are very nice, but the winters and cold damp springs finally got me down.
We lived for 12 years Northeast of Atlanta, and the countryside is beautiful and the weather was mild, but the summer were hot and humid.
Over the years I have become more and more uncomfortable with hot humid weather, which is good for my eyes, but nothing else.
Four years in El Paso.
But NOW we are in North Carolina, Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area. The winter is very mild, and summer will be hot and humid of course. BUT: we have two outstanding medical centers, Duke and UNC, and lots of marvelous scenery, 90 minutes from the Atlantic seacoast, everything is new and sparkly, the daffodils and flowering trees are all in bloom, and it is 70 degrees at 10:30 am.
We specifically picked out North Carolina for the weather, medical centers, and beauty. Lots of culture, reasonable traffic, moderate cost of living.
Of course we had lived on the East Coast for 41 years when we moved here. So it really feels 'right' to us. And one of our two sons and his family live about 12 minutes away by car!
We live in Cary, which is a very progressive and new city of about 140,000. Lots of transplants and a place to make new friends easily even in your 60's and 70's! Amazing!
I was worried that my arthritis might bother me more after 4 years in the high desert, but I don't think so.
And of course as soon as you need hot air heat, I need my humidifier running 24/7.
I am truly astounded at the quality of medical care......we are part of the Duke System, everything is computerized, you get your test results ON LINE within DAYS, with your doctor's comments if any.
ON LINE you get appointment reminders, can MAKE appointments, all your meds are listed, and procedures, your bills everything.
All doctors and hospitals in the systems can see everything, all tests by all doctors, etc. It's fantastic.
The area isn't congested, but but things aren't very far apart, either. It's hard to explain.
It's like the best of New England, but in the mid Atlantic, with almost no snow and ice, or seriously cold weather.
LOL, doing a hard sell here, I guess.
Keep us posted on what you decide or are thinking.