A Place to Call Home: Active Adult Communities

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older woman in MDA native of Washington, D.C., Bertha Silverman was one of six children. She married a young man from her neighborhood, Max. In the 1940s, the couple founded the Waxie Maxie Quality Music record store on 7th Street near Florida Avenue. Along with other family members, the couple expanded the business to 32 stores and eventually sold it in 1989. Bertha and Max also raised 2 children, and Bertha now has 2 grandsons and 3 great-grandchildren.

After Max passed away, Bertha evaluated her lifestyle options. “My children were married and had their own lives, and I have always been independent. However, I didn’t want to be all alone. At that time, there were very few retirement communities that I knew of. I was riding down Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase when I saw that Classic Residence by Hyatt was under construction. I went in to see what it was all about. I moved in when the community was a few months old in 1990, and I have been really happy here since then.” As one of the original residents, Mrs. Silverman is proud to sing the praises of the community.

In fact, Mrs. Silverman relates that Classic Residence by Hyatt has become more than simply a place to retire; it is truly a home. “I feel that there are a lot of benefits to living in this community. I have met a lot of great people here, and I don’t need to worry about maintaining a big house. I really feel at home here.” Her new lifestyle choice has certainly given Bertha the opportunity to enjoy her retirement to the utmost. After all, it came complete with a worry-free lifestyle and new friends.

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