A GOOD IDEA THEN AND NOW
Sometimes it takes a family member’s perspective to help us see our best options.
“[Our daughter] thought it was a good idea for us, the two of us, to move to a place like this where everything was provided. I loved that idea, no cooking, not that I did much of it anyhow. But it just seemed like everything was supplied for us and I loved that idea and still do.” – Jean Richardson, resident of The Watermark at 3030 Park
MEET JEAN RICHARDSON, AN ANTIQUE AND ART LOVER WHO STAYS BUSY VOLUNTEERING.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Jean Richardson on Monday, February 1st, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Jean moved to The Watermark three years ago with her husband, Nate, who has since passed away. Before their move, Jean worked as a psychotherapist in New York City, where restaurant dining was an enjoyable part of their lifestyle. They chose The Watermark not only for its convenient location near their daughter, but also for its multiple dining venues. Their one-bedroom apartment also beautifully accommodated Jean’s art and antiques. Now 80, Jean enjoys time to herself as well as time with friends and stimulates her mind with art, design and Scrabble. When she isn’t attending lectures by interesting neighbors, she leads both a support group and a word association class and still finds time to relax with her feline friend, Catter.
A GOOD PLAN
Let’s be honest. Life doesn’t get any easier with age, unless you take steps to make it so. Eating right and exercising are a good start but healthy habits will only get you so far. Moving to the right retirement community is the single most important step you can take to proactively ensure that your life will actually become easier to manage, not to mention more interesting and fun. There are so many choices available today for aging well. Isn’t it about time you discover what some of them are so you can make an educated decision about how you will live your best future? “I don’t know what I would’ve done. I can’t see myself any place but right here, to tell you the truth.” – Jean Richardson
Living at The Watermark let Jean replace unwanted chores with enjoyable pursuits. “You don’t have to worry about those things anymore because you’re fed, your apartment is cleaned and your linens are changed every week and your garbage is taken out every week and it’s an effortless way to live and you can do what you want. You can go downstairs and join in the things that are listed on the schedule. There are computer groups and there are people who come in and give different kinds of classes and so on. There is a lovely woman who teaches French and there are all kinds of things to do.” – Jean Richardson
When your work is done, all your needs are met and you can call your own shots, you’ve got it made. With choices like The Watermark, there’s simply no reason that the next phase of life shouldn’t be as enjoyable as can be. “I just enjoy the apartment and I like reading and I have Netflix in the evening which I love on my TV. And it’s just such a comfortable place to be.” – Jean Richardson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Jean over a drink in our W Lounge or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-203-502-7593 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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