Resident Blog: Betty Ago

A funny thing happened, not on the way to the Forum, but on our walk around the campus the other day. Walking is my main form of exercise. The periphery of our CCRC campus is about .75mi, lined with magnificent trees, and is therefore an excellent location for this activity. Occasionally I walk with my upstairs neighbor, sometimes I walk with a very dear friend (it’s “our” time), often I walk with my husband, and not infrequently, I walk alone with my thoughts.

There is certainly a big variety of exercise opportunities around here, but walking is more than physical exertion. It is quiet time, it is catch-up-on-the gossip time, it is awareness of weather time, it is “what-are-they-doing-out-here-now” time, and in the fall, it is “look at those gorgeous colors on the trees” time.

Nevertheless, my husband and I were walking in the afternoon with our heads aimed at the trees. No, we did not trip. However, we were startled by a couple that stopped us to ask a question. Them, “do you live here?” Us, “yes we do.” A very pleasant conversation ensued. They were considering a move to a CCRC and were “just looking around.”

We talked about the multiple reasons for taking such an arduous step and agreed that it was the best present we could ever give our children. Then, they went on their way and we on ours. They were friendly easy-going folks and we liked them immediately.

On our way to dinner that evening, we saw our Director of Marketing and mentioned the encounter. Guess what? That couple had just put down a deposit on the condo next door to us!

Betty Ago

Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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