This true story is an inspiring book by 90+ year old Helen Bowers who tells of her adapting and thriving as she moves from independent townhouse living to community independent living and then to a wheel chair and assisted living. Through it all she keeps motivating others to make the most of their life.
Helen wanted to write a book that would help people learn about what life in a senior community can be like. She wants people to be thinking about making this move sooner rather than later. Follow her journey as she tries to decide when the right time is for her and her husband to move out of their townhouse where they have lived for 30 years. Once they make the move to an independent living community she will tell you what that life is like. As her health deteriorates she and her family have to figure out how to adjust to an assisted living community. Through it all Helen maintains her upbeat can do attitude to make the most of life, no matter what happens.
This is the perfect book for you or someone you know to read to help you learn about housing alternatives as you age.
The book is large print and 7″ by 10″. 80 pages.
Excerpt from the first chapter:
“Honey, it’s time to look for a retirement apartment. Oh no, not yet. I’m not ready to move.” Does that sound familiar? There comes a time as our homes and bodies get older that we need to make some decisions about where we call home for the rest of our life. It is inevitable – it’s time to leave the home that you have been in maybe for decades and move somewhere easier to maintain, all on one floor and handicapped accessible.
My husband Ed and I were in our early 80’s and lived in a three story townhome. At my children’s suggestion we had put in chair lifts so getting up and down the steps didn’t seem too much of a problem. We thought we were all set.
About two years before we actually moved our family started talking to us about looking at other living options. Ed was adamant that he didn’t want to leave his neighbors and I didn’t think we could afford it.
My daughter in law Fay asked me if we wanted her to help us figure out our income and expenses, something we had never done before. We trusted her and said yes. I kept calling it a budget but she just said “It is just information so that you know where you stand financially.” In the process of doing this she found several places where we could save money by refinancing a loan we had, cancelling features we didn’t use on our phone and cable TV services. Turns out we were better off than we thought we were. That was the first small step toward thinking about the possibility of moving. She also took us to look at reverse mortgages but that wasn’t for us. We did get a great book that listed all the senior living places in the Twin Cities so it was worth our trip.
The next thing that happened was Ed got sick and needs surgery and was on portable oxygen. You have to understand that Ed spoiled me. He waited on me and took care of so many things in the house and now I had to do all the things that he used to do for me. That meant going down to the basement to do laundry and get food from the freezer and going up to the bedroom and office more often and even though we had the chair stair system I really realized that I lived in a three story house.
How it All Started
Life at Hazel Ridge Independent Living
Amenities at Hazel Ridge
Volunteers and Staff at Hazel Ridge
Activities at Hazel Ridge
The Hazel Nuts
My Life Changes
Time to Move Again