By Peter Finch Dawn and John Strumsky agree about most things, a tendency that has served them well in 45 years of marriage. But there was one subject where they did not see eye to eye for the longest time: their retirement future. Ms. Strumsky wanted desperately to move into a retirement community, to live as “a princess” unburdened by the cooking, cleaning or yardwork required at their Maryland home. Mr. Strumsky didn’t just resist the idea, he detested it. During one argument with his wife, he shouted, “By God, I’ll sit in the burned-out, firebombed ruins of this home before anybody pulls me out!” Mr. Strumsky, 78, tells that story with a laugh. Because, as he puts it, “I’ve done a 180 on this.” He finally gave in to his wife’s wishes, and in 2011 they moved to Charlestown, a retirement community outside Baltimore. Today, it might have no bigger fan than John Strumsky. One measure of his devotion: He’s the author of an exhaustive, 364-page history of Charlestown that management hands out to prospective residents. His reluctance to move into a retirement community was not unusual. People often vow they’ll never do it, for any number of reasons. They [...]
Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor Residents Express Gratitude to Eastwyck Village Residents North Greenbush, NY Retirement Community Helped Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor Residents Recover from Hurricane Harvey HOUSTON (PRWEB)March 20, 2018 Residents of local retirement community, Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, threw a “gratitude party” for the residents of Eastwyck Village in North Greenbush, NY last week. On March 16, residents of both communities set out refreshments and fired up their iPads to FaceTime with one another. Members of both communities became neighbors with a mere 1500 miles between them. Friendships were forged. Inspired by stories of unprecedented levels of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Eastwyck Village sent an unsolicited donation check to Brazos Towers several months ago. Eastwyck Village specifically requested the money be used to purchase something special for the residents of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor and for a big party. Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor purchased a much-needed paper shredder for the Resident Library, in addition to planning the shared party. Conversation was lively during the event. “We can send you some snow,” laughed one Eastwyck resident. Other residents of the New York-based retirement community simply expressed how happy they were to have been able [...]
The Benefits of Aging in Place at Home vs The Benefits of Living in a Senior Community
Change is difficult for all of us and major transitions in life are never easy. We find they are usually filled with stress, anxiety and, of course, some fear of the unknown. They do, however, become a bit easier when the transition is a path we have chosen for ourselves, instead of having it thrust upon us unexpectedly by outside influences. That is how the story of Elaine Adams and Steve Carroll begins. In 2013 Elaine and Steve, along with their respective spouses, had signed up for future residency in the new expansion of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, where Houston’s savvy seniors move when they seek to turn their retirement into their own “re-inspire-ment”. Their individual goals for the future were the same. Move with their spouses to a community they chose together, while they were still young enough to enjoy the vibrant lifestyle available to them, to a place where they could be comfortable for many years to come. They would also have the added advantage of being closer to medical care, closer to cultural activities and most importantly closer to family. Their adult children were in full agreement – eager to have their parents in a community [...]
Margaret Paff bought nearly all new furniture for her new space, saying that this is not her last chapter, it is merely the next chapter in her life. Margaret Paff passes by her favorite piece of art, a print of Modigliani's "Woman With Red Hair," and mentions that it looks so nice against her new grass-cloth wallpaper.
"Meet you at the bar for a drink." Is that something you'd hear at a senior living community? Emphatically, yes. Along with the completely refurbished dining room and brand new bistro, Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor recently opened a bar in the living room. Residents can now enjoy an adult beverage - beer or wine - before or after dinner or maybe to watch a Texans game.