One Step Ahead: Independent Living Senior

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For Mary Steers, it was not uncommon in her time to be married at age 19. In fact, she considers herself to have been behind her peers in that aspect.

“Back in those days, if you weren’t married by 18, you were an ‘old maid,'” she said jokingly.

While her husband worked as a physician, Mary enjoyed her life as a homemaker over the years as she raised their two sons and daughter. She spent much of her time baking and sewing all of her clothes, as well as traveling with her husband. “It was a great life,” she said.

Her two sons have since become physicians like their father as well as one of her grandsons. “I am very proud of my family and they are very supportive,” she says.

It was their care and support that helped her find her current home, Edenton, a residential rental community located in Frederick. When her husband passed away, Mary’s family wanted her to be closer to them, so they researched the local options.

With their help, she moved into the community in 1989 when it had just opened with only five other residents at the time. As she celebrates her own anniversary along with Edenton for its 20 years of service to seniors of Frederick County, Mary could not be happier.

“It’s the best thing that ever happened; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” she said. “Everyone here is so nice.”

As a former ‘Mayor of Edenton’ and an avid participant of the variety of activities offered at her home, she continues her favorite hobby of reading and enjoys crossword puzzles. Mary can also be seen socializing during her weekly visit to the beauty shop.

Along with opportunities to stay active, Mary’s community also offers her a sense of security with a continuum of care consisting of independent and assisted living as well as dementia care.

Although she jokingly refers to being behind her peers when it came to marriage, there is no question Mary was one step ahead when it came to finding her home 20 years ago.

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