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Seniors Moments

27 Apr

Back for a visit with my mom. Retirement homes like hers in are marketed as lifestyle properties for “mature adults”. It is one of several  in Canada owned by Sunrise Senior Living, a publicly traded U.S. based company.

This residence has nine floors of luxury apartments for residents who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living. There is also a floor for people who need constant care and another for individuals with dementia-related illnesses.
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This gentleman lives on the assisted living floor. Right now he’s sitting in the gym with a caregiver and watching my son and his cousin go wild and crazy in the water. The smile on his face makes me wonder if he’s thinking about his own youth.

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Visiting Bubbie

11 Feb

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It doesn’t take much to get my son to visit his grandmother at the retirement home where she has been living since 2010. The place is akin to a fine five star hotel and boasts an indoor pool, hot tub, and freshed baked cookies every afternoon.

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When she moved in, her monthly rent was $3600. Now up at $4500, most of this is for services and programs including two meals a day and weekly housekeeping. Sadly, my mother is too ill to use most of the fabulous amenities herself. She’s not alone, on a Saturday afternoon, the bingo room is packed while the gym is empty.

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