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Retirement Community Eliminates Worry of Adult Children
A couple of years after her parents retired, Susan lost her dad. Her mother sank into a deep depression. Because Susan and her family resided two states away, she worried constantly about her mother’s welfare.
Several times a day, she called her mom, trying to comfort her. Susan also tried to interest her mother in joining the local senior center. She invited her to accompany her and the grandkids for their annual vacations. But Susan’s mother refused everything her worried daughter offered.
After being such a social butterfly for so many years, Susan watched helplessly as her mom dropped out of daily life and isolated herself.
But then one day, her mother mentioned that she might consider visiting a very active retirement community. A few days later, she called her daughter with great news. She was selling the house. The stress of the home maintenance, both inside and out, was taking its toll. And she was relocating to Westminster Village, a retirement community near Purdue University where she would have a fully maintained, cozy retirement home.
And now? Well now things in Susan’s mother’s life have totally changed. Susan can barely get ahold of her mom on the phone.
In her new community, Susan’s mom has found a huge circle of new friends. She is caught up in the active, energetic lifestyle of happy retirees:
- She’s off to the hair salon on campus before she meets friends for lunch at one of five restaurants, where meals are served either by table service or buffet.
- She takes Tai Chi and stretchersize classes and swears that because of these two exercise opportunities, her struggle with arthritis pain is nearly gone.
- She walks on the trail with friends and rides her bike to the campus convenience store.
- She does her banking on campus.
- And she’s constantly spluttering during those infrequent telephone conversations about the fact that finally, after waiting for much of her life, she is learning to paint. The variety of art classes on campus bring joy to her life.
Susan finally sees hears excitement in her mother’s voice and sees happiness on her mother’s face, which something she has not witnessed since her mom was widowed. The worry and stress is gone and now, it’s just a matter of keeping up with all her mother is doing!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team