More Memories to Come: Living in a Hospice

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senior couple living in a hospiceThe amount of memories Glea and Larry Kreider have shared over the years seems endless since the two met in a small Indiana town when they were in fifth grade. Now, they look forward to sharing even more in the future in the comforts of a continuing care community they have called home for nearly 16 years.

The two married after Larry had enlisted in the Army and Glea began her teaching career. When Larry had signed to stay in the Army for three more years, the couple lived in Japan where their oldest son was born.

After returning to the U.S., Glea taught Kindergarten for two years and preschool for 18 while Larry’s career focused on economics and banking. A bank officer and director, he was also a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University and served for 17 years as President and CEO of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors in Washington, D.C.

With the couple’s 65 years of marriage came three more sons, five grandchildren and now four great-grandchildren.

As a founding Board Member, Larry helped with the initial planning and marketing of Westminster at Lake Ridge, a CCRC which opened in January of 1993. Eventually, the couple, attracted to the community’s financial position and professional care, decided to move in from their home in Arlington, Va.

“We thought it was a great place to retire to,” said Glea. “We’ve met so many friends and one of the nicest things about being here is you’re never at a loss of things to do.”

Since their move, Glea has helped start the community’s drama group and participates in Capital Hospice training while playing the chimes in her free time. Larry continues to engage in the community’s financial matters. He is in his 10th year as a member of the Westminster Ingleside Investment Committee. Also serving on the Westminster Ingleside Foundation Board, Larry raises money to enable his home and two related communities to provide support for residents who need financial assistance as well as other special programs.

They enjoy their spacious cottage house and the freedom they have to continue their tradition of spending summers in Vermont without the worries of making sure their home is being taken care of.

“The staff is wonderful,” said Glea. “Every time we come back, the same people are here and that makes us feel great.”

With a helpful staff, a sense of security and numerous opportunities to stay active, the Kreiders certainly have more great memories to look forward to.

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