DO WHATEVER YOU LIKE The only difference between living independently where you are now and living independently here is more choices. “I think we’re both as independent as we want to be. I can hop in my car and run out and shop or go to my daughter’s or run around and do whatever I […]
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FORETHOUGHT PAYS When it comes to future housing decisions, retirees who think early come out ahead. “We were very interested in a unit at Heritage Village and we nearly purchased it but our daughters talked us out of it because they said, ‘Why move twice?’” – Bob Crean, resident of The Watermark at East Hill […]
Resident of The Watermark at East Hill, Leah Linton, was a nursery school teacher in the late 1960’s. She knew she had a special student in Jonathan Leibowitz. Leibowitz would go on to become one of the most famous comedians of our day, Jon Stewart. Read all about Linton’s adventures as Jon Stewart’s nursery school teacher […]
A December baby, he was born in a land he still holds dear. His jealous older sister had trouble with his arrival we hear. Taking skiing & horseback lessons and traveling the land, his privileged childhood was happy, busy and grand. At eight his world began to crumble, at deep cost. Due to the political […]
FIND YOUR SOMEWHERE You don’t wake up to find all your retirement dreams come true. You have to spend time looking for your forever home. “Hey, you’ve got to live your life, and you have to live it somewhere so you might as well live it somewhere where you’re happy.” – Norm and Carole Laird, […]
Her life began in Darien She didn’t travel far after marrying her man. Watching turner classics, a comedy is best TV, sports and putting are fun things to ingest; Dreams of being a pilot not quite fulfilled But by being a wife and homemaker, she’s thrilled Asked the question, what brightens your day? She smiles […]
MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS Don’t wait until others have to decide for you. “I wanted to come before someone told me that I had to come. I think that’s probably the best advice that I could give.” – Gini Dreyfus, resident of The Watermark at East Hill MEET VIRGINIA “GINI” DREYFUS, FORMERLY A CHAMPION AIREDALE […]
Have you ever known anyone who worked on a MASH unit (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) during the Korean War? Alan Alda (Hawkeye Pierce) doesn’t count. Let it be known that we have a new Watermark resident who worked at 8055 MASH: Bob Gaipa. Bob and his wife, Josephine, moved to Watermark in October 2014. After […]
All the way from Buffalo, New York, A teacher/wife/mother/tour guide She’s arranging flowers, at the book club or playing bridge by your side Teaching years cut short; there was a family on the way Happy, with no regrets, she has four great kids today. Up early each morning, so many things to do. Breakfast, exercise, […]
Joseph and Sally Whitney, The Inn at Cherrywood Residents It all started in 1951 – Sally was in her 2nd year of nurses training in Johnson City, NY and Fred was attending Niagara University when Sally’s cousin suggested Sally meet Fred. So, Sally planned a party and an invitation was sent to Fred via a […]
Phyllis and Sam Klausner moved from Heritage Village to The Watermark in May of 2014. Phyllis was born in New York City and Sam in Brooklyn, but their paths crossed in Mahopac, NY where their families’ summer houses were about five miles apart. Sam graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941 with a degree in organic […]
This pretty little girl * Joined the community in 2012 A lifetime of nurturing * Worthy of recognition Mind/body connection * Spiritual and literary pleasures A sports and knitting enthusiast * Healthy nutrition for good measure A fish out of water * But with her loving family here You find her poolside * Filled with […]
“…the best thing to do is to go ahead and get it done before you have so many problems, before you get sick. Do it while you’re still well enough to enjoy it and there’s so much to enjoy.” Louise Forbes Interview, August 2014 J: Jill L: Louise Interview starts at 0:36 J: […]
From Berni Walter, Applewood Resident Autumn has arrived! Brilliant leaves, crisp air! In the fall, reluctant to abandon our beautiful outdoor Sports Center, we putters try to extend the season until wool caps and mittens are necessary, and John appears from the kitchen with hot chocolate to warm our chilly selves. Once a nine-hole golfer, […]
We are very fortunate residing here at the Watermark at East Hill. Look around at the beautiful manicured and well-kept grounds and buildings we enjoy, the many resources available: health center; …fitness facilities; weekly trips to places of interest; the bus service to locations in and around Southbury; the very fine dining service; and the […]
“…I decided well, if I was going to make a move I wanted to go where I wanted to be. I didn’t want somebody to say, ‘Well, you have to go into a nursing home in Timbuktu.’ So I selected The Watermark, having looked at about thirteen or fourteen other facilities. It took me two […]
“Make sure it’s a place that you’re comfortable in, try to go there as early as possible, I know it’s very easy to wait and say ‘I’m not ready.’ No one’s ever really ready, you have to make that choice on your own and you don’t want to come into a place, any place, when […]
My husband, when he became ill, he came here for the nursing care and that’s when I decided to move here because I couldn’t keep depending on my children to get me back and forth every day to visit him so I moved here into this lovely apartment and I’m most content in my apartment. […]
“June is bustin’ out all over” (from “Carousel”) and we are witnessing it here at Watermark with all the beautiful flowers. My earliest awareness that flowers were important to me was when I was 6 or 7 and went into our backyard with a friend and pulled lots of violets and lilies of the valley […]
I just feel that if anything should happen I have a support group and the thing that really clicked in place for me, the last piece of the puzzle, was what would happen to my husband is something happened to me? Because at this point, I don’t think he could manage alone, and I just […]
After being Long Island homeowners for 30 years, Erwin and Ursula had already downsized once, to a Heritage Hills condominium in Somers, New York. But after 23 years of enjoying life there, they knew it was time to make a change. Many of their friends had already moved to retirement communities and they were beginning to feel more and more alone. For years, they had enjoyed visiting a friend who lived at The Watermark at East Hill. As the years went by, Ursula and Erwin decided they liked it so much, they’d like to live there, too. So, after selling their condo (in just one day) last April, they easily settled in to their two-bedroom deluxe apartment.
Pat Beane says: I came here, I looked around and I stayed here and I loved it very much and then I said, “ok this is my model, this is what I’m looking for”. I loved the area, the apartment, everything about it… the people, the food, because I did stay, like I said, for 4 […]
People should make this change while they can think clearly about what they’re doing and make these decisions while they’re are well enough to live independently and go ahead with their life. I’m the worrier in the family. For example, my wife wasn’t feeling well one morning and I was concerned. I could call downstairs and say I need someone to come upstairs and take a look. That was very comforting to me that I was able to have a nurse to come up and take a look. It was such a comfort to know that if I get into an emergency situation where something concerns me, somebody here can help me make a decision.
It’s a hundred times better than staying home. You can get out of your apartment and do things! You don’t have to drive! It’s all right here. There’s a built in support group here and you don’t have dinner alone, there’s always conversation, and I would rather be here than alone in an apartment anytime.
The place is important, but the most important thing was to make a decision. I didn’t want any part of this kind of living. I didn’t want to give up my house, but I knew I had to do something. And what I see, now that I’ve been here 11 very happy years, what I see is people waiting too long to make a decision.
Lady Claire… Savior Faire. She’s back! And in high style.
Watermark at East Hill resident Claire “Lady Claire” Bannister and her son posted these amazing and cutting edge videos on YouTube. They are sure to become a viral sensation. Claire Bannister was previously an actress in a soap opera, a singer and then ran a successful gift business here in Connecticut. I’m Lady Claire… […]