Joan’s Journey: Senior Living Lights Up Life

A Joan’s Journey riddle: How many seniors does it take to hang a wall lamp?Joan London and her new lamp

A) Three

B) Two

C) One

D) None

If you guessed “D,” you are correct. How does a wall lamp get mounted in a senior residence, if no senior hangs it?

Simple! At Holiday Villa East (HVE), a senior housing community in beautiful Santa Monica, Calif.—and my new home—the capable and consistently available maintenance men hang lamps, arrange furniture, fix ceiling fans and assist with every maintenance task under the sunny beach-area sun. In addition, housekeepers, aides, front-desk and kitchen staff cheerfully provide residents with comfortable, homelike amenities. Whether eating with companions in the attractive dining room or enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner in one’s own space, an easy, relaxed lifestyle abounds.

To read the rest of Joan’s post, and to get a glimpse into her living quarters, visit the latest installment of Joan’s Journey, “Part 21: Senior Living Lights Up Life.”

Joan London, a former Houston Chronicle newspaper correspondent, is a freelance medical and social service writer. London recently moved from Baltimore to a senior housing residence in Santa Monica, Calif., where she is closer to her children and grandchildren. Follow her series, Joan’s Journey, on


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