Dining at the bar in The LodgeI think I should, but I do not know quite how to, describe daily life at my senior retirement community. What I do is very different from my good friend who lives across the hall from me. There are so many choices for all 300 of us.

Current research indicates that older folks do better when they have opportunities for socialization. With this in mind the company that operates my senior residence actively uses mealtime to foster companionship. We have a very attractive dining room and excellent meals served by a delightful young men and women wait staff.

Another area our company emphasizes is wellness and this is experienced through fitness classes of all levels and varieties. Equally important are intellectual activities presented either in the Lodge or through arranged trips in the community. Our Lifestyle Director and her committee of residents arrange a full schedule of card games, sporting events, and lectures by outsiders or resident experts. And then there is romance for some.

Read more about Margery’s experience moving and the challenges that ensued in “Part 9: Day-to-Day Life."

This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”