As anticipated, exciting things did happen on my journey to Southern California: I experienced "Senior Living." Okay. So just what does senior living mean?
Senior living and senior housing are interchangeable terms, according to the experts at the SeniorHomes.com Web site:
“Senior housing and senior living are evolving concepts, encompassing a place to live and a way to live. Today’s seniors, led by the Baby Boomers, have the opportunity to live life on their own terms. How one intends to live determine where one chooses to live. Choices are expanding as the senior population increases and the market develops to meet their needs and desires.”Enjoying Life at The Village of Northridge
Which brings us to my recent stay at the beautiful new senior living community, The Village of Northridge in Northridge, California. Following a year-long search of senior communities recommended by knowledgeable counselors at SeniorHomes.com, I chose to re-visit Southern California and The Village to delve deeper than a tour and meal, and truly experience senior living for five days.
On the bright, sunny day of September 18, I walked through The Village front door. The warm and welcoming staff had arranged for my stay and the experience happily met my criteria and expectations. From my surprise "Red Carpet" entrance with key staff members waiting inside to meet and greet me, to the cheerful, friendly residents who readily accepted me as an extended family member, my experience could not have been more positive.
My one-bedroom-plus-den apartment with a balcony was attractive, cozy and completely accessible, with a refrigerator and freezer filled with fruit and snacks. No need for more food, for the 12-hour dining service is delicious and more than adequate with fresh, nourishing, tasty food. Activities in fitness, entertainment, intellect and fun abound. I stayed busy, made new friends and am sorry my stay was not longer. My conclusion: the life of senior living at The Village of Northridge is easy, carefree and comfortable.
What’s Next for Joan?
Is The Village of Northridge "Home, Sweet Home?" Maybe! There is still more Joan's Journey ahead. In my next installment, I hope I have some good news on the sale of my condo in Baltimore and explore some of the pros and cons I learned while "senior living." Please join the conversation on senior living by commenting below.
This entry was written by Joan London, a freelance writer living in Baltimore who is looking forward to her cross-country move to senior living on the Pacific Coast. You can read more about her and her search for senior housing by checking out her blog here.