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 like.” – Berni Walter and Ed Atwood, residents of The Watermark at East Hill
MEET BERNI WALTER AND ED ATWOOD, HERITAGE VILLAGERS WHO COMBINED HOUSEHOLDS AT THE WATERMARK AT EAST HILL.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Berni Walter and Ed Atwood on Friday, May 6th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Ed is a retired economics professor from Detroit with a rapier wit. He enjoys fitness, Poker, lectures, theater and travel. Berni is a retired kindergarten teacher. She designs silver jewelry, plays Scrabble and swims almost every day. They were neighbors and friends for 17 years at Heritage Village. After their respective spouses died, they traveled together for 10 years. When Ed decided to move to The Watermark eight years ago, he suggested they consolidate households. Berni agreed. They downsized from a combined total of six bedrooms into a comfortable two-bedroom residence that all their kids agree makes a lot more sense.
As Ed points out, when you’re responsible for your own housework, you’re lucky to find one entrée on the dinner table! At The Watermark, you can choose from five entrees in the dining room, dine at the bar, take food to go or cook in your own kitchen. Abundant choices along with the assurance of health care for life are what attracted Ed and Berni to retirement community living. Put off moving in and you’ll miss half the fun. “Don’t wait… Do it before you are falling down needing it and have to be brought in a wheelchair. If you come in when you are physically and mentally pretty good you can make friends easily and learn to do all the things that are available, all the programs and everything. If you wait too long you’re just not able to do it.” – Berni Walter
DOUBLE THE FUN
Berni and Ed got lucky and snagged the largest apartment available, a combined apartment of two one-bedrooms, his and hers. Now they enjoy their private abode whenever they’re not out and about, traveling or utilizing community amenities like the library, putting green, bocce and croquet courts, all of which Berni helps direct. One of the best aspects of living at The Watermark, says Berni, is that you can have your privacy and a ready-made social life, too. “It’s perfect for us because we have a great big living room and a large kitchen and we have the big living area and the wonderful deck outside when the weather ever clears.” – Berni Walter
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
One of the things most people appreciate about retirement community living is freedom from cooking after a lifetime bent over the stove. “I’m not cooking dinner and that’s very nice. And planning and cleaning up and cooking. We have our dinner in the dining room with what we call our dinner parties which are different groups or by ourselves, whatever we feel like. We have certain nights that we eat with certain people of whom we are fond. And sometimes we’ll go out to a different location, to a restaurant.” – Berni Walter
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Berni and Ed over a drink in our W Lounge or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-888-570-6659 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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