My first day in the retirement community (neighborhood)

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I write this post completely wiped out after my first full day in the retirement community.

Since this is the first time I have lived in a retirement community, I think it might be better to compare it to something I have experience with . . . a neighborhood. I have been living in neighborhoods my entire life, and one thing I will tell you if this “retirement community” is a neighborhood – I like it.

What makes a good neighborhood? I don’t necessarily think it has much to do with the traditional barometers like property values, crime rates or the SAT scores of the local high school. I think it boils down to having good neighbors!

I have met plenty of good neighbors here today. Neighbors that really look out for each other.  Neighbors that made me laugh. Neighbors that invited me to come by for a “visit” after a brief conversation. In my opinion, a person’s age and ability has very little to do with them being a good neighbor.

Well I have a million more thoughts, but I am bleary eyed and I need sleep! I have to be at the mens club breakfast tomarrow at 8 a.m.!

Here’s an end of day video.

1 Comment

  • Arlene Saks-Martin, LCSW-C,CCM

    Really enjoying reading your diary about your experience. I wonder what your wife and children think about you being away so long.
    As a Care Manager I envy your opportunity to have this experience. Nothing like first hand experience!
    I hope when you leave you will give us all lessons in “what you liked and disliked and how the facility could improve what you disliked.”
    I really believe this experience will help you professionally and may be you can help all of us do a better job caring for our clients.

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