Presbyterians Today

OCT 2018

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OCTOBER Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay last third of our lives." Gone are the days of one-size-ts- all senior living with bingo as the highlight of the day. Today's seniors want housing and care arrangements that allow them to live their best life whatever their age. "Older adults don't want to live in a place where people treat them like they are in preschool," said Tom Wyllie, director of wellness at Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. E velyn Baker and her husband, Gareth, decided that they'd worked long enough. At age 62, Gareth Baker retired from his job as a Presbyterian pastor and the two of them set off on an adventurous retirement, camping around the country and living in their RV full time. However, after four years they were ready to settle down again. The question was, where? They had some friends who had moved to a retirement community in Ohio, so they started looking there. At age 67, the Bakers signed a lifetime lease on an independent home in Bristol Village, a continuing care community about an hour south of Columbus. Now in their 80s, they say it was the best choice they could have made. They have a place of their own with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that additional care is available when they need it. They have access to art workshops, tness facilities and programs for seniors. But most importantly, they have a community of people they've known and loved for about 20 years. "We have made some good friends. I have many people that I can call if I need a hand with something," Evelyn Baker said. "And, of course, there are a lot of employees that we can call for the more serious things. We think it's the perfect place to be living out the Choosing a senior living community BY SUE WASHBURN

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