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Dreading Moving? I Was…But Here’s Why I Love My New Independent Living Situation

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I have moved!

Perhaps the most dreaded experience in the life of a senior who has been long-situated in one comfortable place…

But it was time for me:  A new residence for seniors desiring independent living without some of the many responsibilities that come with home ownership seemed my logical next step in life.  And so it has been!

Not that moving is easy.  It isn’t at any age, but as a long-widowed older woman with collections and accumulations of many kinds that grew over the 40 years since my last move, this one posed special challenges of its own.  I was grateful for the help of several good friends in “triaging” everything to assure that once decisions (sometimes very difficult ones!) were made, all clothing – furniture – kitchenware – etc. would find their ways to the right places.

My “right hand man” through everything was my stepson, who lives nearby.  I “rewarded” his efforts – which were many, including hauling much from upstairs to down, plus trips transporting giveaways to many different places eager and grateful to have them — with the gift of my fully-owned condominium itself. And yes, I know how very fortunate I myself am to be able to do something like this!

My new home

My new home is a large apartment on the fifth floor of an eight-story building, basically one very long room divided only in the ways I myself wanted it.  The kitchen is at the north end, compact and complete; my office occupies the southwest corner; through its large windows I have clear, unobstructed outside views while enjoying dry comfort as the sky darkens and our frequent Dallas rainclouds move in.  For more “reality”: I also have a small balcony where I can sit to feel – as well as see – storms arrive.  In between: table and chairs, couch, TV — all the necessary “comforts of home.”  In other areas: one bedroom, one bathroom with a shower and another without; plenty of space for bookcases plus wall-hugging furniture pieces providing open display shelves and lots of storage.

One special virtue for a non-cook like me: breakfast (order what you want!) in its own bistro, where fresh coffee and go-with cookies are available throughout the day.  There is lunch – though I never seem to need that; and a caring crew serves dinner chosen from a menu of extensive and varied full-meal options every day.  Perfect!

The joys of community living

Part of the joy in this kind of community living is a varied program including both in-house and outside activities:  classes…book reviews…religious services…group trips…etc.; just sign up and participate!  And transportation is provided for such individual needs as doctor appointments and personal shopping trips. If you want to have your own car here, there’s garage space for it; for storing “stuff” outside of your apartment, there’s a locked personal area just for you.

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Part of the difference from the past is the “newness” of the experience itself.  You will probably not be sitting alone in your housecoat all day – it is so easy to become involved, and involvement is welcomed at every level, from playing bridge or bingo to attending lectures and other presentations to viewing movies and enjoying musicians and other visiting entertainers.  You’ll have schedules well in advance to alert you to all these activities, plus reminders of them.  And – very important: housekeeping is provided for you on a regular basis; you’ll have your own washer and drier to use whenever you wish, but if you want to wait for someone else to change your bed linens, feel free to do so!

“If you are a people person, someone who finds joy in being with others, living somewhere where your own talents are recognized and can find full expression, a place where you can learn new things, make new friends, and carve out for yourself a new life full of your own desires and options – Go for it!”  

Go for it

I can sum up my experience by saying that this way of group living is not for hermits!  But if you are a people person, someone who finds joy in being with others, living somewhere where your own talents are recognized and can find full expression, a place where you can learn new things, make new friends, and carve out for yourself a new life full of your own desires and options – Go For It!  Check out the growing number of senior residences in areas that appeal to you; you may be very surprised at what you discover: perhaps an entire new lifestyle in a very new home!

NOTE:  Harriet chose The Legacy Midtown Park in Dallas, for this next phase of her life. Find out more about this community here!

About the author 

Harriet GrossA proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, Harriet P. Gross began her journalism career in 1955 at a local paper. She moved to Chicago 2 years later where she worked as a full-time journalist until moving to Dallas in 1980. Here,Harriet began freelancing, doing special projects such as the text for Dallas Section, National Council of Women’s soon-to-be-published history book in addition to writing for a variety of publications.

Today, Harriet’s “In My Mind’s I” column runs weekly in the Texas Jewish Post.  She has won writing awards from the Press Club of Dallas, American Jewish Press Association, National Federation of Press Women, Illinois Woman’s Press Association and  Press Women of Texas, and has been listed in five Who’s Who publications. In her community, Harriet currently is a book reviewer, discussion leader, and program presenter for clubs, senior living facilities, and Jewish institutions including the JCC’s Senior Program.

Contact Harriet today to discuss her writing and book review services!

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Dreading Moving? I Was…But Here’s Why I Love My New Independent Living Situation

  1. Harriet, glad to see you have made the transition to your new living accommodations with grace and are enjoying it! Dennis Guten

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