In the spring of 1991, my wife and I began to look for a retirement place because our kids weren't visiting and I was tired of shoveling snow and putting up storm windows.
We drove up from Kensington, MD to Pittsfield, MA to a retirement continuing-care community and took a look. When we were shown the library, our tour guide introduced me as a librarian and one of the ladies working in it said, "You must come here to help with the circulation system". That finished me for Pittsfield. We drove east to visit our best friends (our lawyer) in Holyoke. He told us they were building a new place in Amherst and we should go and see it. So, we said, "Sure" and drove over.
We walked up an open staircase and into an apartment that didn't even have a door yet. My wife looked at the cathedral ceiling and the view out of the window at Hampshire College and the mountains and said. "This is the one I want," and that was the one she got.
We moved a few days after Applewood opened in September, 1991 and have been happy here ever since, for twenty years. The staff is wonderful. They like each other, and seem to like the residents as well. We love the food and we can be active or inactive as we wish. When my wife died about four years ago, I felt so lucky to have the friendship and support of so many people to help me through my sorrow. Now, I have lunch with five other widowers every day and if I don't want to go down for a meal, I can have it "to go". I have joined the library committee and feel I am doing my share to keep the place happy. Everything in the library has been donated by residents and family members. The only budgeted items are the daily newspapers, which include the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and local papers.
Our residents can have gardens around the building or work in the Arboretum (6 acres of conservation and adjacent to the Applewood grounds). There are lots of activities and committees if you want to be involved. Living in the middle of five colleges, we have regular lectures by experts, if you want to get your mind nudged. There is transportation to shopping, doctors and cultural events. And our "Wellness Center" is staffed to take care of our health needs.
So, I couldn't feel happier, luckier, or safer and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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