Chicago Tribune Prime Time asked residents of Lexington of Elmhurst Senior Residences this question: ‘What has surprised you most about living in a senior community?’ Here’s what they had to say.
Dr. Bill Dwyer, 91, Lexington resident — “I thought when you moved into a place like this, you bought a book and sat in the corner. I’m so busy here that I have a calendar that I have to mark and read every day.”
Violet Larson, 89, Lexington resident — “I was always the sort of person who wants to be in control. When I came here, I thought, ‘Well, this is an old people’s home; this is where you have to relax and listen to other people.’ Since I’ve been here for two and a half years, I find that I’m well fed, my apartment is cleaned by someone else, and there is nothing that I want for. The biggest thing that I love is the activities.”
Margaret Vinci Heldt, 95, Lexington resident — “Our community was exactly what I hoped. Most people think, ‘Oh gosh, I have to leave my home.’ I came through the door and I liked the beautiful light coming out of the rooms and I liked this dining room with a crystal chandelier. We have the best life enrichment programming. I’m so proud of my community and I hope they feel the same way about me.”
Gordon Grimm, 84, Lexington resident — “My wife Lois and I have been here for 13 months. What makes it easy living here is the friendliness of the people and the staff. It was a very easy adjustment coming from your own home into Lexington. They feed us well so I have to use the fitness room to keep my weight down.”
Lois Grimm, 80, Lexington resident (Gordon’s wife) — “It’s very easy to have your kids come and eat with you. I’m very glad to be done with cooking. I still bake but for something special. It’s very nice to not think ‘what shall we have for dinner tonight?'”
Violet Veltri, 90, Lexington resident — “The staff here is just wonderful. They’re always there for you, willing to help and are pleasant. They keep everything so nice and clean. I visited here a number of times through the years until I came to live here so I was aware of many things. There was nothing that disappointed me. I’ve been living here for six months.”
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